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Print edition: April 2004

Features

Quantum gases in optical lattices

Latest cooling and trapping techniques offer complete control over atoms

Geomagnetic flip

The magnetic north pole has not always pointed towards the Arctic

Bridging the terahertz gap

Terahertz radiation has a wide range of applications across the physical, medical and biological sciences

Physics in Action

Nanomechanics weighs in

The most accurate mass measurements ever

Multiferroic materials tower up

Combining ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials

Organic growth in spintronics

New organic era beckons for spintronic devices

Light taken to the limit

New standards for optical radiation

Post-deadline

Cosmic renaissance comes into view

A planet or not?

Charmed pentaquark makes its debut

News & Analysis

Towards a terahertz telephone

Rebuilding Iraqi science

Candian physics in good health

Bubble fusion: the sequel

French researchers strike for science

Cosmologist scoops relgion prize

David Schoenberg: 1911--2004

Holographic data storage set to shine

UK unveils science blueprint

Philanthropist sets up seven labs

Grenoble lab looks to spin

Max Planck moves into universities

UK launches accelerator programme

Physicists help to decode the brain

Editorial

Dark sides and golden ages

These are busy times for astronomers and cosmologists

Forum

Arguing about Einstein's wife

Why is there a backlash against Einstein?

Critical Point

The Oppenheimer tragedy

Feedback

Physics education: elitism and errors

Tertiary rainbows

Reviews

Praising Alexandrians to excess

What did the ancient Greeks do for us?

Travelling breathlessly towards infinity

Everything you ever wanted to know about infinity

The long lives of great physicists

50 remarkable physicists

Careers

Embrace the ethical dimension

Lateral Thoughts

The whole of physics ...