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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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Nailing the half-life of iron-60

New measurements tune up million-year "astronomical clock"

How to twist light into a Möbius strip

Topological curiosity created from laser beam

Laser pioneer Charles Townes dies aged 99

Physicist shared the 1964 Nobel prize for his work on the microwave laser

Structured photons slow down in a vacuum

Speed of light drops slightly when photons are shaped by a mask

Diamond defects coupled to photonic cavity with nanoscale accuracy

New technique could be used to develop quantum technologies, including sensors and computers

Interfering atoms measure gravity's curvature

Gravity measured at three different heights

Nanostructure puts the gloss on avian eggshells

Scientists reveal why tinamou eggs shine like a brand new car

Physicists get set for UNESCO's Year of Light

A whole host of events will celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light

The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen

Our favourite pictures of 2014

From interstellar dust and galactic dirt to cracking oysters and educational doodles

Laser blast makes pure quantum dots

Selenium nanoparticles could be used in solar cells and take on antibiotic resistance

Supersonic bullets test graphene's strength

Carbon sheet is much better at absorbing impacts than steel

SOLEIL scientists create double-slit thought experiment

Einstein–Bohr debate continues

UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs

Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York universities chosen to co-ordinate new initiative to exploit quantum research

LED firm rejects Nobel laureate's olive branch

Shuji Nakamura tried to rebuild ties with Nichia