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Print edition: January 2003


Once and future Mars

Both ESA and NASA are launching missions to Mars this year

Carlo Rubbia and the discovery of the W and the Z

The story behind the race to find the W and Z bosons

The W boson weighs in

20 years of W production

Physics in Action

Strongest magnet in the cosmos

Some neutron stars are powered by extreme magnetic fields

Quantum criticality in your car bumper

Quantum phase transitions cause surprising transformations in material properties

Microelectronics goes nanomechanical

Electron transport by nanomechanical means could push microelectronics to its limits


New lease of life for brain imaging

Closing in on the solar-cell band gap

News & Analysis

Jordan lab breaks new ground

Plasma physicist picked to head CERN

Evidence for neutrino mass increases

US backs neutrinos

John Barton 1923-2002

Physics gets a welcome shot in the arm

US backs green technologies

UK plans to make science exciting

Rock steady microscopy

Anti-bubbles hint at fragile economy

Down-to-earth teaching

Congress authorizes budget doubling

Lift off for art and science

Astrophysicists win Descartes prize

ESA gets new boss

Europe embarks on comet adventure

India looks to the skies


CERN - the W and the LHC

Future challenges and past glories in Geneva


Ball lightning seeks an answer

Critical Point

The many roads to leadership

Scientific leaders through the ages


Popper was right


Surveying 100 years of space research

Challenges of cosmic proportion

A round-up of modern physics

Transatlantic tussles in the fission race

Why the world is smaller than we think

Surveying 100 years of space research


Women urged to aim high

Lateral Thoughts

The great language conspiracy