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Print edition: October 2007

Features

Sputnik's legacy

50 years after Sputnik 1

Physics up above

Science on the International Space Station

Global navigation flies high

The inventor of the Global Positioning System describes how it got off the ground

Our orbiting junk-yard

Measuring and tracking space debris

Quanta

Making the world go round

Flight that's fancy

Rock music

Lost because of space

Frontiers

IBM tackles single-atom storage

Colossal phononic resistance rings true

Star formation sheds light on dark matter

How nanotubes could help you climb the walls

Superconducting power

News & Analysis

US physicists plan collider stopgap

NASA scientists take government to court

US prioritizes dark-energy probe

Forgotten father of the Big Bang dies

Europe backs new laser-fusion facility

Magnetism helps diagnose brain disorders

A commemoration of space

Google sets up Moon prize

Midlands to host UK energy centre

Seeking new views of the Earth

Small-satellite firm thinks big

UK told to embrace human spaceflight

Editorial

Fifty years after Sputnik

Regulations must be tightened if we are to continue to reap the benefits of space

Forum

Keeping space in check

Critical Point

Gravitation

Robert P Crease explains how Newton's law of gravitation also influenced human nature

Feedback

God and physics

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Helping set the nanorecord straight

Lunar helium is more than a 'factoid'

Reviews

Let there be light

The story of the white LED

An element of fear

Understanding plutonium

Blog life: The Reference Frame

LuboŇ° Motl targets strings

Astronomical insights

A whistle-stop tour

Infinitely comprehensible

Careers

Next steps for physics graduates

What physics students can do when they leave university

Once a physicist: Ray Bowden

The City financier with a taste for wine

Careers and people

Lateral Thoughts

Domestic entropy