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Print edition: July 2008

Features

A quantum renaissance

Markus Aspelmeyer and Anton Zeilinger on how technological advances let us readdress fundamental quantum puzzles

Dreaming in plastic

Conducting polymers are triggering a whole host of new applications from ultrathin flexible laptops to watch-sized TVs

Symmetry's physical dimension

Symmetry plays a vital role in physics, but could a bizarre 248D symmetry group called E8 really guide us to a theory of everything?

Quanta

Code crackers wanted

Toilet humour

Saucer surveillance

The LHC's a stage

Frontiers

Dying star spotted

Climate models prevail

Combination technique shows the strain

Shrimp vision polarized

Nanotubes grow bone

News & Analysis

ITER launch faces two-year delay

The International Space Station receives its largest science module

Particle physicists told to confront new challenges...

...as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory lays off staff

Italy makes a return to the nuclear fold

DAFNE upgrade leads the way to B-meson superfactory

Germany gets largest ever MRI scanner

New facility can recreate Sun's corona

Gamma-ray observatory takes off

UK set to seal fate of projects

Canadian institute gets cash boost

Quantum communication set for space

Seeking an African Einstein

Neutron lab hits second target

US halts Princeton University fusion facility

Willis Lamb: 1913–2008

NASA prepares for its next half century

Editorial

Breaking through

Those outside the mainstream can find it hard to make worthwhile scientific contributions

Forum

Breaking the grey ceiling

Critical Point

A gathering for Gardner

Robert P Crease examines why mathematics popularizer Martin Gardner inspires so many different kinds of people

Feedback

Radar history

GCSE lacks diversity

Luck and genius

Moving walls

Reviews

Keeping it in the family

Confound your intuition

Guessing games

The cost of going nuclear

A cosmic conundrum

Lincoln Wolfenstein explores the enduring mystery of matter–antimatter asymmetry

Blog life: Chris Lintott's Universe

Chris Lintott on life co-presenting TV's The Sky at Night

Careers

Building for the future

The surprising pleasures of life as a "building physicist"

Once a physicist: Frank Reed

The creator of innovative desktop map software on making history come to life

Quasar pioneers rewarded

Europe promises better conditions

Top young physicists recognized

Movers and shakers

Lateral Thoughts

The last lecture