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Print edition: August 1998

Features

Optical sensors: a path to better gas detection

Thermophotovoltaics: the potential for power

Fuel cells: power for the future

The physics of El Niño

COST adds value to Euro collaboration

Finding a path to quantum computing

Physics in Action

How does a thin film rupture?

Of seas and surgeries: acoustics of the future

Microscopes get to the point

How does thin film rupture?

Post-deadline

Electronic ink - write on

Hydrogen condensate is go

Negative resistance puzzles researchers

News & Analysis

UK to build CERN detectors

Sweden delays CERN pull-out

Earth calling SOHO - where are you?

EU advisory bodies slim down

Scientists to be evaluated by new rules

American hesitation puts ITER in limbo

Who spends what - and where

The secret of a successful mission

Japanese physicist elected

More than just seeing the surface

France has new regulator

Bomb monitoring attacked

Americans like it, but are awful at it

Talking physics with the Dalai Lama

Cash bonanza for UK science

Call for industrial links

Forum

Is physics sustainable?

Feedback

A sociologist says

Reviews

Panoramic view picks out physics

Hans Kramers: a master thinker

Master of Modern Physics: The Scientific Contribution of H A Kramers, Dirk ter Haar

The Ascent of Science, Brian Silver

Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century, Philip Ball

Today's enemy