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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

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

Nanomachine pumps molecules 'uphill'

New molecular machine is inspired by those found in nature

Spin currents endure at room temperature in germanium

Magnetic measurement could boost the fortunes of spintronics

Fermionic microscope sees first light

How to clearly image 1000 individual ultracold atoms in a cloud