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Print edition: April 2002

Features

A Fermi gas of atoms

Ultra-cold atoms reveal the striking differences between fermions and bosons

Novel quantum order in the ruthenates

Pure crystals of ruthenate materials are revealing new forms of quantum order

Spintronics

Devices that use the spin of the electron could revolutionize microelectronics

Who really discovered Snell's law?

Physics in Action

Antique dealers turn to physics

Luminescence testing tells the fakes from the genuine articles

Quantum computers get real

A quantum computer has successfully factorized a number for the first time

Ball lightning comes down to Earth

The meteorological phenomenon is explained in terms of metallic nanoparticles

Return of the magnetic resonance

An effect seen only in two-layer high-temperature superconductors is spotted in a single-layer material

Post-deadline

Most distant galaxy ever

Superconductors tell left from right

Pushing fibre to the limit

News & Analysis

Bubble fusion: fact or fiction?

Claims of table-top nuclear fusion have received a hostile reaction

Paris meeting sets adgenda for equality

Institute names next head

Religious win for physicist

New nuclear arsenal for US

New light cast on dark energy

Harold Furth

Willibald Jentschke

Business eyes up the potential of MEMS

Foresight gets to the nub

Exposing the failures of missile defence

Fusion gets funding switch

Bright future for UK laser

Spain secure synchrotron

UK funds basic technology

Research chief embarks on reform

Editorial

Doubts about bubble fusion

The words "cold fusion" spring to mind following recent claims of "bubble fusion"

Display firm turns polymers into profits

Critical Point

This is your philosophy

Physicists thinking philosophically: the results of our survey

Reviews

The Politics of Excellence: Behind the Nobel Prize in Science, Robert Marc Friedman

The Grip of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Laws of Motion and Gravitation, Prabhakar Gondhalekar

The Science of Imaging: An Introduction, Graham Saxby

Exposing the flaws in the Nobel facade