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Print edition: March 2006

Features

The threat from above

Could we be killed by an asteroid?

Thomas Young: Physicist, physician and polymath

The last man who knew everything

Physics for fairer voting

Towards better European decision-making

Fusion: the way ahead

Harnessing the power of fusion

Frontiers

Quantum gravity for real

A condensed-matter calculator

Physics tackles tumours

Great balls of lightning

Supercool mobile masts

News & Analysis

Physicists target radioactive waste

Golden jubilee for Russian lab

Scientists fight election battle

Tide turns for American physics

New government sends positive signals

Pioneer of quark model dies

Tabletop accelerators move closer

New rules aim for fairer funding

Europe's astronomers welcome Spain

White knight sought for Hooke notes

Solar eclipse for Africa and Asia

Muon colliders are back in the running

Tough assignment for fusion head

Industry looks to ITER

Fusion plants could compete in energy market

The challenges of fusion

Editorial

The challenges of fusion

ITER's new boss must succeed

From stars to celebrities

The closure of the London Planetarium

Critical Point

F = ma

Rewinding and restarting history

Feedback

Was Hobbes a crank?

Alternative to the multiverse

Reviews

The quest for brightness

The race to develop the laser

Shelf life: Michael Duff

A love of elegance

Magnets through the ages

The long and colourful history of magnetism

The quest for brightness

Magnets through the ages

Careers

Making it big in Japan

Lateral Thoughts

Anyone for new physics?