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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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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

Kirigami patterns make composite materials more stretchy, while staying strong

Method could be used to make flexible electronics and optoelectronic devices

Graphene light bulb shines bright

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

New study could help predict floods caused by atmospheric rivers

"Amazon rivers in the sky" could be driven by coherent structures in the wind

Physicists blow magnetic bubbles

Skyrmions on demand could enable ultra-dense memory

How to make a better quantum thermometer

Physicists develop theoretical framework for measuring heat in tiny objects

Table-top spectroscopy technique tracks phonons

Ultrafast optical measurements could lead to cooler computer chips

Liquid droplets create logic circuits

Magnetic fluids could drive large-scale parallel chemical analysis

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

Tiny probe reveals electrical conductance of individual atoms

Measurements could boost our understanding of superconductivity

Infrared detector to free up Internet of tomorrow

Silicon-based device would boost optical bandwidth

New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

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