An overwhelming proportion of the articles published in this journal come under the heading of applied research. In this field research findings impact tomorrow's products, and so it's important to keep tabs on these developments. Grant applications, for example, can carry extra weight when the potential benefits to industry are outlined alongside the gains to fundamental science. What's more, it's just plain interesting to track how key breakthroughs in understanding can drive improvements in commercial devices.Within our publication group we offer free resources that can help you keep pace with trends in part of this sector. Compound Semiconductor magazine and its associated website, compoundsemiconductor.net, cover III-V, III-N, SiC and SiGe research in academia and industry, alongside all the business news and key manufacturing technology. A high proportion of our authoritative and timely content is exclusive, and you can access it for free by completing a simple registration procedure at compoundsemiconductor.net. Three examples of feature articles published this year in Compound Semiconductor include: ∙ Non-polar GaN reaches tipping point by Steven DenBaars, Shuji Nakamura and Jim Speck from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although conventional GaN LEDs are a great commercial success, they suffer from an intrinsic weakness—internal electric fields that pull apart the electrons and holes and ultimately limit efficiency. However, this problem can be overcome by growing nitrides on alternate crystal planes. Although early attempts were unsuccessful, due to high defect densities in the epilayers, this is not the case with growth on the latest Mitsubishi substrates that can lead to external quantum efficiencies of 45%. In this article the authors describe the development of their non-polar material, and their promising results for LEDs and laser diodes. ∙ Inverting the triple junction improves efficiency and flexibility by Paul Sharps and Arthur Cornfeld from solar cell producer Emcore and Mark Wanlass from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Conventional triple junction solar cells are already deployed for powering satellites and they are starting to win sales for terrestrial power generation. Further improvements to solar efficiency could drive further growth in both of these markets, and one of the most promising designs is the inverted triple junction. The authors describe the details of this approach, which involves growth of lattice-matched GaInP and GaAs, followed by an InGaAs cell. The germanium substrate is then removed to leave a lightweight device capable of delivering more than 30% efficiency in space and almost 40% under high concentration. ∙ Light-emitting diodes hit the centenary milestone by Fred Schubert and Jong Kyu Kim from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Accidents are not always a bad thing. They can also be the moment of discovery, as was the case for Henry Joseph Round who observed the first light emission from a semiconductor diode. Round reported this work in 1907, but it is unlikely that he could foresee the impact that the LED would have over the next century. In this article, the authors trace the evolution of the device, including the development of new materials for red, green, blue and ultimately white emission, and suggest where the next 10 years might take us. Visit compoundsemiconductor.net to read these articles and many others like them.