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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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Secret of record-breaking superconductor explained

Conventional electron–phonon superconductivity endures to a temperature of 190 K in hydrogen sulphide

Tunable plasmon laser could sniff out cancer

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

Carbon nanotubes bring aircraft manufacturing out of the oven

Technique efficiently cures large industrial parts made of polymeric materials

Physicists generate electrical currents from noise

Quantum dots put voltage fluctuations to work

Scientists reveal how a sea sponge gets its remarkable strength

Fibres made of concentric cylinders help creature cling to the sea floor

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

Dousing flames with low-frequency sound waves

Prototype device puts out fires without using water or chemicals

Graphene sandwich squares away ice

New research reveals a previously unknown phase of ice

Acoustic topological insulator could hide submarines

Hearing aids could benefit from lattices of rotating cylinders

Diamond bull's-eye collects polarized photons at a rapid rate

Circular grating could give quantum technologies a boost

Nanowire-based electrode could lead to better supercapacitors

Breakthrough could mean smaller and lighter energy-storage systems

How to make droplets chase each other and self-assemble into devices

Simple mixtures of water and food colouring have a rich variety of behaviours

Fractal patterns seen on emerging cancerous cells

Study could point to new ways of preventing some cancers

Graphene quantum dots split Cooper pairs

Quantum computers could benefit from new source of entangled electrons