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Print edition: March 2003


The Cavendish Laboratory and structural biology

Why was the biggest discovery in 20th century biology made in a physics lab?

The micromechanics of DNA

Single DNA molecules can be used to study the micromachines that read, replicate and repair the double helix

DNA as an engineering material

The building block of life might become one of the most sought-after materials in the nano-scale construction industry

Physics in Action

Biological quantum dots go live

Nanocrystals can now be used to image living cells

Balancing atoms probe fundamental symmetries

A new, ultra-precise magnetometer could point towards a preferred direction in the universe

The subtle secrets of exotic helium

One of the electrons in a helium atom has been replaced by an antiproton, providing a test of CPT symmetry

Radio waves measure body water

A novel approach to measuring water levels in the body has promising clinical applications


Teleportation moves on

New photomasks offer cheap chips

News & Analysis

Germany backs nuclear physics

Free-electron laser gets the go ahead

European neutron lab dealt major blow

Australian X-ray lab boosted

Satellite reveals new view of the universe's creation

Extra dimensions escape detection do gravitational waves

Astronomy book is a blinder

ITER welcomes America back on board

Science budget stays flat

Brookhaven opts for Big Blue executive

India set to revive neutrino experiments

Plasma boss eyes the Sun

Norway obtains current from currents

UK firm goes the distance

Antiprotons target cancer

Where now for manned spaceflight?

Joao Magueijo: A young cosmologist in a hurry


Physics and DNA

50 years of physics and the double helix

Lighting up single molecules

Critical Point

The Rosalind Franklin question

Why are we still fascinated by the Dark Lady of DNA?


Women require flexible careers...

.....not rigid targets


Man who moved from stocks to science

An insider's view of a world without end

Lateral Thoughts

Moon illusion