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Print edition: June 2002


Watching biology in action

PET scanning of rats and mice could lead to advances in molecular medicine

Lev Landau: physicist and revolutionary

He never worked again after a car accident, but Landau received the Nobel prize later that year and his legacy lives on

Supermassive black holes

Black holes weighing billions of solar masses lie at the heart of every galaxy

Experimental spirit

Physics in Action

A star role for stripes

Order in cuprate compounds sheds light on high-temperature superconductors

Spectroscopy scales new peaks

Superconducting detectors break the "iron law" of NMR spectroscopy

Atom interferometer that puts noise in the shade

Bose-Einstein condensates help physicists to measure the fundamental constants with greater accuracy

Miniature machine plugs metrology gap

A new metrological device promises to speed the development of micromachines


Quarks fail to add up

A foretaste of tetra-neutrons

Crystals do the twist

News & Analysis

Research cut to the bone

A high-energy window on the universe

More evidence for neutrino oscillation

US takes next steps towards Mars

Oxford opens high-magnetic-field lab

Cyclic universe runs into criticism

Standard model of cosmology hits new peaks

Irish science needs cash

UK labs given central role

"Lighter touch" assessment needed

Big push for European neutrons

Jason gets back to business

US could double NSF budget

Quantum cascade lasers shine on

LCDs paint a bright future

Micro device sense profit

The FBI vs Albert Einstein

EPS elects new president

Three share Fritz London prize

Physicists receive US national medals

Misconduct claim hits Bell Labs


Bell Labs in the spotlight

Heavyweight panel probes allegations of data fabrication

Science fiction: the ultimate factoid


Who said that?

Why physicists love quotations

Critical Point

Edward Teller: friend and foe


Optical tricks of the Old Masters

Jim Trolinger looks at the secrets of the Renaissance painters

Why Cambridge boasts the best minds

Man, myth and quantum magic

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney

Cambridge Scientific Minds, Peter Harmon and Simon Mitton (ed)

The Quantum Brain: The Search for Freedom and the Next Generation of Man, Jeffrey Satinover


Graduates get set for success