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Print edition: February 2005


Friction at the nano-scale

The origins of wear and tear

Emilio Segrè: nuclear pioneer

The father of the antiproton

Physics in Action

Do pentaquarks really exist?

Experiments do not agree about possible new particle

Superconductor responds to nano-scale change

Changing the critical temperature

How ice 'melts' below its melting point

Understanding what happens under pressure

Chemical controversy at the solar surface

New data gives solar physicists a headache

Electrons navigate disordered media

What happens when a metal melts?


How nuclear data upset stellar-evolution models

Why stalactites are all the same

Liquid crystals enter pentagonal phase

News & Analysis

Big Bang origin seen in galaxies

Einstein celebrations get off to a flyer

Intel builds silicon laser

ESA hails Titanic success

Calls grow for global tsunami detectors

Wanted: physicists to work on green energy

Quantum cryptography takes to the air

Oxford rescues Marconi archives

Telescope finds a home in Hawaii

Blue LED inventor ends legal battle

John Barrow: Answering the big questions

Wolf prize goes to atomic physicist

UK physics back in the spotlight

Missile defence suffers new setback

Top 10 journals welcome new entries


Goals for the year of physics

Wanted: more physics students

Einstein calling

The Physics 2005 conference


Playing seriously with strategy

Critical Point

Surviving graduate school

Learning the tricks of the trade


Teaching options must be broader

Postdoc security


A genius who knew nothing

The life and times of Sir Lawrence Bragg

Pondering the power of the impossible

What can we learn from the limitations of science?

Shelf life: John Singleton

From the old testament to Stephen Wolfram


The basic challenge of biology

Once a physicist: Naglaa Walker

Lateral Thoughts

Speaking with tongues