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Print edition: September 1997

Features

Scientists exploit the Global Positioning System

Optical tweezers and spanners

Physics and the Human Genome Project

Universities welcome new degrees

Olympiad students win medals

Portugal joins the ESRF

On-line journals go hyper

Policy moves up agenda

Quantum-dot lasers

Military loses out to civil R&D

Physics in Action

Theory catches up with flying frog

Physics helps to find buried objects

Defects detected with lasers and ultrasound

New views on twilight vision

Microscope images individual charges

News & Analysis

Astronomers in race for Gemini

Canada closes seven reactors

Budget boost for 5th framework

EU increases physics network

Russian and the EU start talks

More time for fusion design

Albania votes in physicist

Irish R&D spend announced

Power could be seized from research council

National debt threatens science plans

Space programme cut back

NuPECC backs theory

Rotblat retires

University stewards

Computer networks taken to task

Glimmer of peace appears in the science wars

Student numbers stay steady in the UK

Physicist alternates between DC and MIT

Student numbers:...but fall in US

US could restart breeder reactor

Editorial

Forum

Counting the cost after Dearing

Feedback

Physics -- which way now?

Spanish attraction

Skeptics cornered

Setting priorities for big science

Reviews

Rough world

Eric Taylor

Stephen Hawking's Universe

Schrvdinger's Machines: the Quantum Technology Reshaping Everyday Life Gerard Milburn

Heisenberg Probably Slept Here: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Physicists of the 20th Century Richard Brennan