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Print edition: April 2008


John Bardeen: an extraordinary physicist

The story of the only person to have won two Nobel prizes in physics

Insect inspiration

How the bombardier beetle has inspired a new form of spray technology

The search for astroengineers

Searches for extraterrestrial life usually involve trying to track down unusual radio and optical signals. But could looking for "Dyson spheres" – artificial shells harnessing light from distant stars – be more productive?


Give your favourite particle a home

Lightning telly

Space cast

Baseball on a high?


Single atoms feel the force

Light mystery solved

Five-year WMAP data give thumbs up to cosmic model

Doubt cast on wet Mars

New test for reactors

News & Analysis

Japan places hope in Space Station

The Atomium marks a half century

Jodrell Bank faces possible closure

Templeton Prize again goes to physicist

Physicist wins seat in US Congress

US unveils roadmap for geophysics

Canada attempts to lure top minds

Car companies look to generate power from waste heat

Royal Society offers funds for technology start-ups

Italy flags scientific shortcomings

Australia seeks free science debate

Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

Arizona telescope sees double

Hottest researchers named

Laser physicist looks to the Sun

A glow on the horizon


Industrial concerns

Physics in industry is worth reporting, but deciding what counts can be a challenge


Sowing the seeds of SESAME

Critical Point

Lab architecture

Robert P Crease looks at good and bad examples of lab design: do you agree with his choices?


Is GCSE science a waste of time?

2π or not 2π

Physics of beer?

Seeing double


The story of gravity

Stories behind the inventions

Quantum theory for everyone

For old times' sake

Risky business

What is wrong with financial risk management today

Blog life: Life as a physicist

Gordon Watts on what's hot in experimental particle physics


Back to school

The benefits of outreach programmes that bring researchers into schools

Careers and people

Once a physicist: Kris Gopalakrishnan

An interview with the chief executive of Indian-based IT giant Infosys

Lateral Thoughts

Seeking a new symbol of innovation