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Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

News: September 2004

Table-top accelerators make progress

Plasma-based particle accelerators are now able to produce monoenergetic electron beams

The small world of Brazilian soccer

Statistical physicists tackle football in its spiritual home

Law-breaking liquid defies the rules

Physicists discover a liquid that "freezes" when heated

Mars attacked by solar wind

The solar wind might be responsible for the lack of water on Mars

Explosive breakthrough

Complete measurement offers new insights into molecules

Radioactivity speeds up

Placing a radioactive nucleus in a carbon-60 cage can reduce its half-life

Microscope focuses on sub-Angstrom scales

New "spectacles" boost the performance of scanning transmission electron microscopes

Nanotubes feel the force

New device exploits both the mechanical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes

Petroleum under pressure

High temperatures and pressures in the Earth's mantle might be capable of turning inorganic materials into hydrocarbon fuels

Have we seen an exoplanet?

Astronomers might have taken the first ever photograph of an extrasolar planet

Tiny writing heats up

Physicists develop improved dip-pen nanolithography method for nanometre-scale patterning

Taking a close look at turbulence

Physicists move closer to explaining one of the last great mysteries of classical physics

Nanoparticles target tumours

Tiny particles of gold help X-rays to kill cancerous cells

Magic clusters double up

Theorists have discovered a new family of clusters with a metal core and silver outer shell

Floating femtodroplets

Physicists have built a new micron-sized magnetic-levitation device

NIST unveils smallest atomic clock

An atomic clock that is the size of a grain of rice could bring the technology to portable electronics

Evidence for supersolid is firmed up

Superfluidity has been seen in a bulk sample of solid helium