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Print edition: September 2003

Features

Astronomy of the invisible

Neutron stars and X-ray astronomy

Occultism and the atom: the curious story of isotopes

How the history of isotopes was rewritten

Quantum gases come of age

Molecular condensates, quantum phase transitions and much more

Physics in Action

Superlattices start taking shape

Scientists have made a new material from magnetic nanocrystals and semiconductor quantum dots

When noise is the signal

Physicists have built a shot-noise thermometer

Ice sensor flies high

An optical sensor could improve aircraft safety

Post-deadline

Microscopy aids etching

Is the universe set for a big rip?

Archaeology using superconductivity

News & Analysis

Lasers target the nucleus

Copenhagen revisited

Size matters

Options for Hubble's future

Bunker busters hit rocky ground

Neutrino detector switches on

Arctic facility to probe space plasma

Martian mission will look for water ice

Turbulent times for Dirac medalists

Departments set for 6* prize

New boss for the CNRS

Falling numbers cause concern

New era for fusion research centre

US unveils new climate-research plan

Focusing on microscopy

Organic research makes a comeback

New chip powers ahead

Forum

History revisited

Why is history so popular?

Effective teaching with the Web

Critical Point

So you think physics is funny?

Send us your physics jokes

Reviews

New look for a classic lab guide

How to do experiments

Complex matters made less perplexing

A beginner's guide to quantum mechanics

Reflecting on Europe's space missions

Ariane and ESA

Jemma targets the world of physics

Website aims to interest girls in physics

Lateral Thoughts

On paper, we never stood a chance