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Editor's choice

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

Features

Lighting up the world

Jon Cartwright explores how to bring light to the 1.5 billion people without electric lighting

Unveiling your secret superpower

There's more to light than first meets the eye, says David Shane

One step from Earth

Richard Corfield reports on plans to mine the Moon

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Once a physicist: Mark Levinson

Physicist-turned-film-director Mark Levinson describes how making a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson took him back to his scientific roots

A taste for anelloni

See why a new form of pasta invented by Davide Michieletto and Matthew S Turner can teach us about polymers

A little help from the crowd

Jon Cartwright looks at how physicists are using crowdfunding to back research as well as commercial projects

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

Hunting gravitational waves using pulsars

Louise Mayor reports on the search for these ripples in space–time

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general

Fantasy physics for nuclear testers

Edwin Cartlidge previews the ultimate role-playing game when physicists will scour Jordan for signs of a fictitious nuclear test

The power and pitfalls of science advice

Edwin Cartlidge looks ahead to an international meeting of science advisers

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble