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Print edition: July 2004

Features

Peter Higgs: the man behind the boson

An interview with Peter Higgs

Superheavy elements

Nuclear physicists approach the island of stability

DVDs: in the fast lane

How fast can you write and rewrite data?

Magnets and nanometres: mutual attraction

The many uses of nanomagnets

Physics in Action

Quantum change for nanotubes

Turning metals into semiconductors and vice versa

Magical helium clusters

Some numbers are better than others for atoms

Supersonic boom for ultrasound

Sonic booms could lead to better images

Solar explosions

Post-deadline

Virtual astronomy hits the big time

Higgs search gets top heavy

Nanobulbs light up

News & Analysis

Europe plans megaton detector

Physicists criticize EU voting system

NASA told to turn to industry

Robot will repair Hubble

Greens upset at relabelling plan

A Messenger for Mercury

ESA warms to Swarm

Physicists pursue protons

Briefed by cases

Grey-goo fears allayed

Fraudster is stripped of PhD

Astro project wins outreach award

Double trouble for beta decay

Europe unveils ambitious research plans

Editorial

DVDs in the spotlight

A good example of physics in action

Critical Point

Critical reflections

Critical Point is 50 this month

Critical reflections

Reviews

Searching for a theory of society

Statistical physics and people

Debating quantum theory

The meaning of quantum mechanics

Professor in government

The remarkable life of Frederick Lindemann

Careers

Careers in the Nordic nations

Working in industry in Denmark

Studying for a PhD in Finland

Once a physicist: Ove Poulson

Lateral Thoughts

Apples, oranges and eo