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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

In depth: Atomic, molecular & optical physics

From weapons to white dwarfs

Edwin Cartlidge examines “academic access” programmes at military research centres

A light-connected world

Harald Haas explains how ordinary LED light bulbs could become our portals to the digital world thanks to a new wireless communications network that uses visible light

Making space for nonlocality

George Musser’s new book reveals that nonlocality is more than just "spooky action at a distance", as James Millen learns

The rise of Rydberg physics

Rydberg atoms are perfect for quantum logic gates and can even be used to make molecules of light, reports Keith Cooper

Six secrets of champagne

Gérard Liger-Belair reveals the hidden science of the world’s top sparkling wine

Fifty shades of black

Jon Cartwright reports on the rival groups creating the darkest substances yet

Catching gravity, rolling by

David Appell explores how the Advanced LIGO facility is designed to detect gravitational waves

The green flash

Pete Lawrence describes his quest since childhood to see this elusive phenomenon

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old

Lighting up the world

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

Web life: International Year of Light 2015 Blog

Celebrating light, all year long

Unveiling your secret superpower

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