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Print edition: October 2004

Features

Hunting cosmic explosions

The biggest bangs in the universe

Star formation

From simplicity to cosmic complexity

Slow, stopped and stored light

From fundamentals to applications

Vacuum Challenges and Solutions

The vacuum industry is thriving with ideas and innovation

Physics in Action

Angular uncertainty passes test

Light beams provide new twist on the uncertaintly principle

Microscopes focus on single electrons

Magnetic force microscopy enters new era

B-factories score direct hit on CP violation

B-mesons and anti-B-mesons are different

Exploring temperature at the nano-scale

Rethinking thermodynamics

Post-deadline

Geodesy finally sees the light of day

Radioactivity gets up to speed

Microscope focuses on sub-Angstrom scales

News & Analysis

Europe outlines vision for space

Mantle may hold methane

NIST builds smallest atomic clock

Samples salvaged from solar mission

Double delight for exoplanet hunters

British scientists plot return to Mars

Bush has second thoughts over climate

Military targets Jupiter's moons

Building bridges across the world

Fred Whipple: 1906-2004

Eric Voice: 1924-2004

Germany builds metrology light source

Ireland celebrates famous son

Centres target science teachers

Brains, blackboards but no bureaucracy

Swift prospects for gamma-ray bursts

Editorial

First among equals

What makes an equation great?

Forum

The spy who never was

Critical Point

The greatest equations ever

Maxwell and Euler top the list

Feedback

Different paths to the nano-scale

Reviews

The top quark: an unbiased tale

Philosophy meets science

Henry Cavendish: an enlightened mind

Behind the myths

Marking the scale of Kelvin's success

The long and productive life of Lord Kelvin

Careers

Brighter prospects for graduates

Once a physicist: Brian Jarman

Lateral Thoughts

Salt and vinegar, Sir?