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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

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

Web life: Crystallography365

Blogging the International Year of Crystallography, one crystal structure at a time

A cabinet of invisible curiosities

Philip Ball's book on the science – and superstition – of invisibility through the ages, reviewed by Ulf Leonhardt

Between the lines

A collection of essays about "surprising science" and a primer on quantum entanglement, cryptography and nonlocality, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Edible lasers and death rays

Jeff Hecht reviews an "old-fashioned cabinet of wonders" from the field of optics and photonics

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The power of YouTube

Philip Moriarty describes his experiences in front of the camera as one of the stars of the Sixty Symbols series of YouTube videos

The lure of G

Jon Cartwright finds out why physicists are still scratching their heads over the value of the gravitational constant, "big G"

The spot in the shadow

Robert P Crease shows just how hard it can be to assign credit for a scientific discovery

Shedding new light on old art

Martin Fischer shows the benefits for the art world of the laser-based technique of pump–probe microscopy

Between the lines

Books about the Fresnel lens and an unsung heroine of rocket science, reviewed by Margaret Harris