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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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Laser blast makes pure quantum dots

Selenium nanoparticles could be used in solar cells and take on antibiotic resistance

Supersonic bullets test graphene's strength

Carbon sheet is much better at absorbing impacts than steel

Device cools itself in the blazing-hot Sun

Passive system works without the need for a power source

New 3D topological insulator is the nearest to perfection yet

BiSbTeSe2 behaves just how theory says it should

LED firm rejects Nobel laureate's olive branch

Shuji Nakamura tried to rebuild ties with Nichia

'Quantum reporters' measure magnetic resonance of one proton

Physicists turn quantum problem into an opportunity

Colliding Bose–Einstein condensates vanish from sight

Matter-wave solitons pass straight through each other

How to control magnetic atoms on graphene

Discovery could lead to high-density data storage

Plasmons convert light into a voltage

Discovery of "plasmoelectric effect" could lead to new solar cells

Superconductor finally goes with the FFLO

Unusual response to strong magnetic fields seen at long last

Graphene boosts thermal conductivity of popular plastic

Laminate material could find use in electronic and lighting devices

Material gives up its spin-splitting secrets

Unexpected discovery of giant spin-splitting could boost spintronics

New amplifier design could improve quantum circuits

Device based on Josephson junctions offers broader bandwidth

Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves

Tiny device could beat LIGO to detecting ripples in space–time, say physicists

Butterfly's colourful trick of the light recreated in the lab

"Reverse diffraction" materials could make banknotes more secure