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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

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Nanomachine pumps molecules 'uphill'

New molecular machine is inspired by those found in nature

Fermionic microscope sees first light

How to clearly image 1000 individual ultracold atoms in a cloud

Polariton refrigerator could chill tiny semiconductor devices

Physicists show that quasiparticles are very good at removing heat

Atomic gas puts the brakes on light in optical fibres

New realization of "slow light" could make quantum memories easier to manufacture

Swirling light beams carve intricate patterns

Logarithmic spirals could further our understanding of light

Highly charged ions could measure changes in fine-structure constant

Measurements on Earth could help us understand light from distant quasars

Portable 'battlefield MRI' comes out of the lab

Ultralow-field device could aid soldiers and developing-world field hospitals

Tunable plasmon laser could sniff out cancer

Liquid gain material could turn tiny lasers into chemical and biological sensors

Diamond cavity boosts magnetic-field detection

New sensor could be used to study the brain and heart

Crystal-handedness revealed by twisted electron beams

New electron-microscopy technique could measure chirality of single molecules

Graphene sandwich squares away ice

New research reveals a previously unknown phase of ice

Entangled photons cast a new light on cause and effect

Correlation can imply causation in the quantum world, say physicists

'Twisted light' gives quantum cryptography a boost

Technique could make cryptographic systems more resilient to eavesdroppers

How to entangle nearly 3000 atoms using a single photon

Record-breaking result could lead to better atomic clocks

UK unveils national strategy for stimulating growth in quantum technologies

Training PhDs and building "demonstrators" of commercial products are high on the agenda