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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

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Kirigami patterns make composite materials more stretchy, while staying strong

Method could be used to make flexible electronics and optoelectronic devices

Does time dilation destroy quantum superposition?

Interplay between gravity and quantum mechanics should be observable on Earth

Graphene light bulb shines bright

Devices could be used to make transparent, flexible displays of the future

How to make a better quantum thermometer

Physicists develop theoretical framework for measuring heat in tiny objects

Ultracold ions put friction to the test

Experiment shows how "stick–slip" processes can be finely tuned

Single-molecule diode has record-breaking current

Highest rectification ratio ever measured for such a device

Lasers reveal previously unseen fossil details

New palaeontological imaging method is cheap and non-destructive

New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

Device could be used for "light-speed" photonic computing

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