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Print edition: July 1999

Features

Total solar eclipses: magic, science and wonder

The Kuiper Belt

Taking a small-scale approach to fusion

EPS to focus on student shortage

Rolf Landauer

Carl Aminoff

Sir William McCrea

Physics in Action

Atoms against the universe

Solid start for solid-state quantum bits

Fermions go it alone

Mars shows its stripes

Post-deadline

Brand new superheavies

Hologram is crystal clear

Platinum powder reveals metal superconductivity

News & Analysis

New spy claims meet firm denial

Problems for PhDs come into the open

Young physicists help research reforms

NASA spreads its wings

Europe pins hopes on smaller satellites

Synchrotron up for grabs

Nobel laureate goes back to school

France faces retirement threat

US rescues neutron source

Safety probe at Danish lab

Mars clogs up space network

Bulgaria joins CERN

UK joins US laser project

Spectrum deal for astronomers

Societies agree on publishing

Spy allegations break out in the US

Editorial

Forum

Why nuclear verification is vital

Feedback

Justice at JET?

Discharge of duty

Dramatic victory for vectors

Reviews

Shedding new light on the wired world

Ancient answers to celestial secrets

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Briane Greene

String theory: simple yet elegant

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy, James Evans

City of Light: The Story of Fibre Optics, Jeff Hecht

Shedding new light on the wired world