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Print edition: April 1999

Features

Magnetoelectronics

Quantum phase transitions

Where science meets diplomacy

Andrew Keller

Alan Owen

Physics in Action

Physicists size up DNA molecules

Single photons on demand

Weak ferromagnet challenges theorists

Post-deadline

Nanotubes as test tubes

Family ties

News & Analysis

Particle laboratories clash over precedence of 'new' discovery

UK digs deep in search for dark matter

Next-generation synchrotron shapes up

String theory tops the best-seller list

Science finds it difficult to keep secrets

Physicists help tie up a knotty problem

Middle East prize faces an uncertain future

How to combine physics and a family

Tax boost for small firms in UK

France reforms school system

Cash injection for physics labs

France gets nano-tech nework

Report damns Cresson

Editorial

Zero-sum games

Feedback

Solutions offered to teaching crisis

A bluffer's guide to lab demonstration

Reviews

Tangible reminder of a material heritage

When conflict tests your convictions

Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms, Carlo Cercignani

Boltzmann: a disordered genius

Understanding Materials Science: History, Properties, Applications, Rolf Hummel

Physics in conflict: From Antiquity to the New Millennium, Neil Porter