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Print edition: May 1997

Features

The acoustics of concert halls

Supercomputers speed up computation

Nanochemistry of grain boundaries

New voice for Europe

Eastern European physicists are in a fix

Exploit science

New initiatives in education

The sound of success

Accreditation first for Institute

Institute policy statements

Living in a material world

Superconductors speed up computation

Big science seeks industry

Physics in Action

Photons combine to visualize living tissue

X-rays probe small-scale polymer motions

Superlubricity: when friction stops

Granular material separate the rough from the smooth

Orbiting debris poses increasing threat to space missions

News & Analysis

US wavers on CERN

Boost for amplifier

Europe unveils neutron plans

Cluster will fly again

EC plans 5th Framework

Blue list labs to compete with universities

Germany plans world-beating linac

Will DESY go nuclear?

Japan's image is tarnished

Hale not hearty

Dreams of a muon collider

First for START

Space station held up

Nirex plan rejected

UK universities cut back on physics

Editorial

What science politics?

Forum

Single number fails to do justice to research quality

What are the strengths and weaknesses of physics in Europe?

Feedback

Rotons remembered

Age concern

Reviews

Scanning the sky with a camera

Passionate about soft condensed matter

Welcome to the Department of Virtual Physics

Edward Purcell

Chien-Shiung Wu

Robert Dicke

Deryck Goodwin

Ambitious thoughts in search of tangible tests

The Large, the Small and the Human Mind Roger Penrose with Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright and Stephen Hawking

The Photographic Atlas of the Starts H J P Arnold, Patrick Doherty and Patrick Moore

Fragile Objects Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Jacques Badoz

Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics ed John Bahcall and Jeremiah Ostriker