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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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Reservoir of ultracold atoms is filled continuously

Device could lead to better quantum accelerometers

Electron spins cross over in femtoseconds

New measurements could lead to better spintronics

Pushy bacteria create their own superfluids

Collective motion of bacterial swimming could power tiny motors

Metal foams could make promising radiation shields

Environmentally friendly foams could be used in everything from space travel to nuclear reactors

Weyl fermions are spotted at long last

Solution to the Dirac equation detected 85 years after it was predicted

'Metasheet' blocks a narrow band of radiation, letting the rest pass

Material made of metal helices could be used for radar cloaking

Physicists build universal optics chip

New photonic device could serve as basis for quantum computers

Bountiful buckyballs resolve interstellar mystery

C60 molecules might abound in the universe

X-ray analysis sheds light on fading Modernist paintings

Whitening of yellow pigments linked to degradation of cadmium sulphide

Spectrometer made from quantum dots is compact and low cost

Devices could someday be used in household appliances

Bringing the human eye into focus

New imaging technique resolves the rods and cones at the back of the eye

Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

Satellite transmits qubits to the Earth's surface

Could lasers guide and control the path of lightning?

New method to steer electric discharges around an obstacle uses laser beams

Frequency combs smooth out optical-fibre signals

Research could mean higher bandwidth for optical fibres, and so more data

Thin semiconductors go through the Mott transition

Research could help build photonic devices from novel 2D transition metals