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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

In depth: Atomic, molecular & optical physics

The quantum century

Kenneth W Ford reviews The Quantum Story: a History in 40 Moments by Jim Baggott

Cloaking space–time

Martin McCall and Paul Kinsler introduce the "event cloak" – perfect for the ultimate bank heist

3D TV without glasses

Wondering why you can watch a Nintendo 3DS without glasses? Jonathan Mather reveals all

Keeping a close eye on the future

President of the Optical Society of America, Christopher Dainty, on the future of optics

Optical sensors boost space science

Hamish Johnston explores how space science and cellular biology are proving profitable areas for optics firms

Optoelectronics: a green explosion

"Green" photonics is good for the planet and for profits, discovers Richard Stevenson

Seeking advice

Looking for a job? Margaret Harris sees what help is at hand for physics graduates finding their way in the job market

Anton Zeilinger: a quantum pioneer

On why children should be exposed to quantum mechanics from an early age

Body talk

Robert P Crease tests two firms' 3D body-scanning devices

Web life

Confused at a Higher Level – life in the physics department of a small liberal arts college in the US

From ray-gun to Blu-ray

Fifty years after their invention, Sidney Perkowitz examines the huge impact of lasers on science, culture and everyday life

Fusion's bright new dawn

The world's largest laser could transform the search for abundant, carbon-free electricity, as Mike Dunne explains

Between the lines

The other Oppenheimer, cooking for astronauts and the "amazing" Grace Hopper

Measuring (almost) zero

Chad Orzel explains why a non-zero value for the electron's electric dipole moment could be the harbinger of "new physics"

Between the lines

A round-up of the best books to put on your Christmas shopping list – or for someone else to buy for you