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Print edition: June 2008

Features

A taste of LHC physics

Studying B-mesons using the LHCb detector at CERN could provide the Large Hadron Collider with its first discoveries

Henri Becquerel: serendipitous brilliance

Was Becquerel's discovery of radioactivity luck or sheer genius?

Shedding light on life

Why new fluorescence-microscopy techniques are proving a challenge for physicists and biologists alike

Quanta

The world's youngest professor?

ILC is best bar none

Eddington, starring the Doctor

Save our telescope

Frontiers

Dark-matter claims disputed

Dawn of the memristor

'Pine tree' nanowires do the Eshelby twist

Auroral light is polarized

Ozone could clean up

News & Analysis

Giant array starts to take shape

Japanese lab produces its first neutrons

High-temperature superconducting wires power up

Row erupts over US firm's plan to import nuclear waste

Laureates hope letter to Bush will reverse budget woes

Theory institute appoints new head

Physicist named NASA science chief

CERN opens doors to dignitaries

Solar spacecraft cleared for take-off

Italian school students enjoy the ride

A voice for Muslims

Letters that made a journal

Record bid for Einstein letter

Editorial

Hard up

The UK's science-funding crisis could not have come at a worse time for the physics community

Forum

Free textbooks for all

Critical Point

A passion for boats

Robert P Crease discusses the enduring appeal of sailboats for retired mathematician Frank Sinden

Feedback

GCSE science debate

Decontamination puzzle

Inspiring students

Remembering Wheeler

Reviews

Spot the physicist

Differentiating between expertise and knowledge can be tricky, as Richard Jones finds out

Galileo's wondrous telescope

Rocket man

Sacred geometry

Facts of life

Groomed for success

Galaxy quest

Blog life: Entropy Bound

Peter Steinberg offers a discerning take on nuclear physics

Careers

Physicists without borders

The global appeal of working for the IAEA

Seeking new space explorers

A right royal appointment

Movers and shakers

Once a physicist: Eddie Morland

The journey from British Rail to head of the UK's Heath and Safety Laboratory

Lateral Thoughts

Beware the abdabs