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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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Gravitational effect reveals earthquake magnitude

Secondary waves induced ahead of the primary wavefront carry additional information

Lightning creates radioactive isotopes

Radiation from delayed nuclear decays spotted in thunderstorm

Earth’s body tide hints at deep mantle structure

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Neutrino detector could see radioactive potassium deep within the Earth

Proposed experiment would boost our understanding of what heats our planet's interior

Do topological waves occur in the oceans?

Kelvin and Yanai waves share similarities with topological insulators

How to protect people and property from volcanic ballistics

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Does nickel drive Earth's magnetic field?

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Could volcanic eruptions be predicted using satellite observations?

New approach combines satellite measurements with dynamic models

Flash Physics: Earth glints into space, quantum drum amplifies microwaves, mapping comet's charged particles

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

How hurricanes replenish their vast supply of rainwater

Tropical cyclones devour moisture while on the move

Flash Physics: Mapping Earth's magnetism, single-molecule vibronic spectroscopy, nanoclip could treat disease

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Space-race technology revived to generate greener energy

Thermionic convertor overcomes efficiency pitfalls

Flash Physics: ESRF's dinosaur eggs, coffee rings boost electronics, AAAS chief criticizes ban, cash for HERA

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Climate-friendly aircraft routing could cut environmental damage

Study highlights effects not related to carbon-dioxide emission

Nuclear energy may come from the sea

Uranium extracted from the sea could provide centuries of power