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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

In depth: Instrumentation & measurement

A light-connected world

Harald Haas explains how ordinary LED light bulbs could become our portals to the digital world thanks to a new wireless communications network that uses visible light

See like a solar system

Robert P Crease discusses what the science of the solar system teaches us about perception

The pioneers of weather forecasting

Met Office atmospheric physicist Susan Ballard finds it "stimulating" to read about some of her earliest predecessors

A shining light for African science

Plans are afoot to build Africa's first ever light source. Sekazi Mtingwa calls for physicists to get behind the project

Physics in the family

Autobiographies of the Nobel-prize-winning crystallographer William Lawrence Bragg, his wife and daughter reveal a family life full of science and love, writes Mark Spackman

Six secrets of champagne

Gérard Liger-Belair reveals the hidden science of the world’s top sparkling wine

Fifty shades of black

Jon Cartwright reports on the rival groups creating the darkest substances yet

Catching gravity, rolling by

David Appell explores how the Advanced LIGO facility is designed to detect gravitational waves

The restless rocks of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in California's Racetrack Playa are on the move, but how? Brian Jackson describes how he and his colleagues solved a decades-old mystery

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences

Ringing changes on vital information

How do you capture the information revolution in a museum exhibit? Andrew Robinson reviews a book with plenty to say about this challenge

Shutdowns and start-ups

Robert P Crease on the meaning of ceremonies we hold for labs that are closing down

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Web life: Crystallography365

Blogging the International Year of Crystallography, one crystal structure at a time

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick