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Print edition: December 2003

Features

The promise of hypersonic flight

Manned flight enters second century

John von Neumann: the fastest brain in the West

The life and times of the brilliant thinker who invented game theory and designed the first electronic computer

Physics in Action

Clear message for causality

Information cannot travel faster than light

Magnetoelectronics enhance memory

Bringing data storage and logic together

Transition time for metals

Quantum criticality helps a metal in crisis

Attosecond simulation

Post-deadline

New era for condensates

Nanoguitar makes its debut

Mystery meson puzzles theorists

News & Analysis

Displays scoop European prize

Physics proves rich vein for oilman

Physics on Stage

Exoplanet mission ditched

ITER tops US facilities wish list

X-ray laser: a time and a place

Boeing looks to the future

Technology institute shocks scientists

Standards lab increases budget

Ball-bearings for the 21st century

Pirelli dreams of neutrino telecoms

Mars to greet new arrivals

Roof crushes Russian shuttle

O'Nions bags top policy job

Editorial

As far apart as ever

How can industry and universities collaborate?

Forum

Seeking sustainable spaceflight

Critical Point

The best physics humour ever

Jokes about physics and physicists

Reviews

Can physics explain miracles?

A physicist looks at Exodus

Newton and his non-Newtonian mind

The many faces of Isaac Newton

Robert Hooke steps out of the shadows

A new look at Newton's great rival

Secret science and the Resistance

Scientists tackle sabotage

Living the electric dream

Benjamin Franklin and electrical technology

Mixed bag of 10 ideas

From evolution to cosmology

One man's fight for Mars

The irrepressible Colin Pillinger