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Print edition: October 1997

Features

Exploring the solar system: a special issue

ESF Network set up for interdisciplinary theory

New chief of EPS appointed

Irish premier unveils tribute to Nobel laureate

New company is launched to organize conferences

Friendships formed at international student conference

Congress gets revitalized

Inside the solar system

Planets: something in the air

Mysteries of the sun

Comets: history in the sky

Inside the solid planets and moons

Swedish fusion plans approved

Evaluating physics in the UK

Physics in Action

Bubbles generate unexpected stress

Power laws for cities

Porous silicon lights up micro-optics

Lasers look through opaque solids

Exotic meson surprises theorists

News & Analysis

Axis row rolls on

Fractional charge carriers discovered

Research puts scanning electron microscopy in focus

National Agencies balk at payload bill

Heavy ions split US and Europe

France plans to open up its elite schools

India invests in fast-breeder reactor

Italy opens particle factory

Japan slowly increases funds

Proliferation worries grow at US reactor

Mission to Saturn ready to blast off

National agencies balk at payload bill

New model goes on the block

Labour moves cautiously

Young blood

Jobs for the boys

Bench-top support

US revives Star Wars plan

Editorial

Forum

Pearls, pebble and pyrites

Pearls, pebbles and pyrites

Feedback

Fellow peril

Reviews

The strain of success

Norris Bradbury

Louis Cohen

David Wright

Dick Jennings

Superconducting thoughts meet sceptical resistance

The Theory of Superconductivity in the High-Tc Cuprates Phillip Anderson

Golf Balls, Boomerangs and Asteroids: The Impact of Missiles on Society Brian Kaye

Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics Peter Galison