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Print edition: May 2002


The power of hearing

Physicists investigate how the ear hears both faint whispers and loud cries

The origin of neutrino mass

New data on neutrinos force revisions in the Standard Model of particle physics

Football physics

The 2002 World Cup gives physicists the chance to muse on the mechanics of football

The poetry of James Clerk Maxwell

Physics in Action

Lasers clear leaves on the line

Why physicists love quotations.

The magnetic attraction of Jupiter

Space scientists get their best view yet of Jupiter's magnetic field

Surround-sound sensation

High-quality surround sound from a single loudspeaker

The road to new materials

Chemistry promises made-to-measure transition-metal compounds

E-tongue tastes success

Sensors speed up production in the Swedish dairy industry


Quantum clones emerge

Quark star

Nanoscale microscopy

News & Analysis

EU outlines research challenge

Thwarted theorist advertises his beliefs

Pentagon axes contract with its science advisors

Answers to cosmic questions

...while Viatron fails to survive

Shell places its faith in solar energy

Fast track to technology development

Solutions to the skills gap

Labs need cash injection

NASA mission targets Mercury

New Zealand seeks out excellence

Australian reactor given green light

Pioneer of the paranormal

Writers face the language barrier


Talking with biologists

How can physicists and biologists work together?

Nuclear lab sees exotic success...

The route to invention and innovation


Looking at how we teach physics

Critical Point

The most beautiful experiment...

What is the most beautiful experiment in physics?


Revealing the Universe: The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory

John Credland reviews the story of the X-ray observatory

Our Cosmic Habitat, Martin Rees

The Golden Years of Theoretical Physics, Jagdish Mehra (ed)

Golden years skip who got silver