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Print edition: September 2007

Features

Chipping in to microfluidics

What shuttling tiny volumes of liquid can do for science

Hotter condensates

Creating Bose–Einstein condensates with polaritons

Stringscape

A grand journey through string theory

Quanta

Space at the fashion frontier

A sound way to improve your golf

The power of the people

Swindon bids for science

Frontiers

Atoms store images for record time

Perfect lens could reverse the Casimir force

Amazing mixtures

Laser flips magnetic bit

Physics Grid tests new Web search engine

News & Analysis

GCSE science comes under attack

NASA selects concepts for lunar missions

Faults close new research reactor

New look for physicists' Z machine

Science minister sets out his stall

Gravity waves prove a weighty challenge

Relaying the sounds of the cosmos

Cash promised for American physics

Sensor firm is hot stuff

France and Libya sign nuclear deal

Editorial

A testing time for strings

String theorists must make clear their links with experiment

Forum

String theory under scrutiny

Nancy Cartwright and Roman Frigg ask if falsifiability is a true judge of string theory

Scientific faith put to the test

Philosophy pulls strings

Critical Point

Governing science

Robert P Crease argues that the same standards should be set for politicians of both left and right

Feedback

Energy concerns

Going on standby

Bed problem

Croc shot

Reviews

Reflecting symmetry

Beauty and truth in science

Battling over gravitational waves

The fight for understanding ripples in space–time

Galileo as antichrist

Blue is the colour

Well versed

Careers

Life in the line of fire

Working as an instrument scientist

Once a physicist: Chandrika Nath

From particle physics to science advisor

Lateral Thoughts

Physglish: our coded speech