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Print edition: December 2005

Features

Sound ideas

Phononic crystals start new era in acoustics

Sand, jams and jets

Getting to grips with granular materials

Slow light brings faster communications

All-optical networks move a step closer

Frontiers

Electrons lose their mass

Foam result surprises scientists

Looking back at the first stars

Can sound travel at the speed of light?

Innovation: Sound comes into touch

Innovation: Water sees the light

News & Analysis

Fire guts leading photonics centre

Investors eye up urine-powered battery

Martin Rees: Master of the universe

Buckyball pioneer dies

Collider back on track after tragedy

Europe positions itself in orbit

Physicists lay plan for developing world

What will they think in 2105?

Global events pull in the crowds

Budget cuts hit nuclear and space science

High-flux solar simulator lights up

Diplomat to head ITER project

Nobel laureate sent to prison

Change at Physics World

Editorial

Beyond belief

Intelligent design must be resisted

Forum

Does God play dice?

Completing the quantum revolution

Critical Point

General relativity

Feedback

Intelligent design: the response

No longer a last resort?

Einstein set to music

Einstein's light relief

Reviews

Loners, renegades and evil geniuses

Scientists on the big screen

The best of Einstein

For your coffee table

Life in a landscape of possibilities

String theory and intelligent design

Why Godel was a hero to Einstein

Physics meets philosophy

The fellows who let science flourish

The early years of the Royal Society

Keeping it in the family

The story of the Curies

Shelf life: Peter Rodgers

What an editor reads

Careers

How to become a creative scientist

Once a physicist: Brian Mawhinney

New fellows at the Institute of Physics

Lateral Thoughts

Quiz of the year 2005