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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

The inside track on simulation software

The future's bright for simulation, say David Kan and Daniel Smith of COMSOL

Testing equipment for space

Giles Case looks at some of the techniques used to ensure a high likelihood of mission success

Web life

"Citizen science" meets the Kuiper belt in IceHunters

Reuse, recycle and thrive: used-equipment businesses keep growing

Hamish Johnston discovers why the used vacuum equipment market keeps growing

Cloaking space–time

Martin McCall and Paul Kinsler introduce the "event cloak" – perfect for the ultimate bank heist

3D TV without glasses

Wondering why you can watch a Nintendo 3DS without glasses? Jonathan Mather reveals all

Vision of beauty

Richard Taylor explains why fractals play a key role in retinal-implant technology

Optical sensors boost space science

Hamish Johnston explores how space science and cellular biology are proving profitable areas for optics firms

Optoelectronics: a green explosion

"Green" photonics is good for the planet and for profits, discovers Richard Stevenson

Web life

STAR-LITE

Metrology in the balance

Robert P Crease examines what could be the biggest overhaul in metrology since the French Revolution

Seeking advice

Looking for a job? Margaret Harris sees what help is at hand for physics graduates finding their way in the job market

Pyramid metrologists

Robert P Crease looks at strange attempts to use the Great Pyramid of Giza as a measurement standard

Au revoir, kilogram

Robert P Crease witnesses one of the last inspections of the official SI kilogram standard

Vacuum Expo 2010 launches in the UK

Two-day event includes conference and trade exhibition