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Print edition: February 2004

Features

The special effect of physics

The laws of optics underpin the visual effects we see in the cinema

The subtlety of rainbows

The physics behind atmospheric optical phenomena

Natural photonics

Nature has been perfecting optical technology for 500 million years

Physics in Action

A reading and writing revolution

Going beyond pen and paper

Detecting the colours of darkness

Looking inside an optical vortex

Maxwell's equations and earthquakes

Physicists explore new prediction techniques

Chaotic spirals may be bad for the heart

Post-deadline

Double-pulsar discovery

Supersolid is seen in the lab

News & Analysis

Students to get £1000 bursaries

Trouble as Hubble heads for the dust

US targets the Moon and Mars

Neutrino plan approved

Fusion negotiations still in stalemate

Muons continue to defy theory

Earth scientist reaches top policy post

Petition protest could hit labs

Tabletop accelerators move closer

Wolf prize goes to particle theorists

Attosecond lasers come of age

Oscar winner focuses on lens design

Water found on Mars

Editorial

Light fantastic

Optics in nature, Hollywood and beyond

Forum

Blasts from the past

Old physics papers should not be overlooked

Critical Point

The thing about rainbows

Feedback

Protecting the patent system

Reviews

Let's talk about information

The story of information

An aristocrat who had inventions

The life and times of Alessandro Volta

Lasers in all their glory

Everything you need to know about lasers

Lateral Thoughts

Lord Kelvin, science and religion