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Print edition: February 2010


Law and the end of the world

Edwin Cartlidge examines the case of a US lawyer who believes that the courts must step in if required to halt experiments like the Large Hadron Collider

A networked world

The flu fighters

Tools from physics can now be used to model the H1N1 flu pandemic, as Vittoria Colizza and Alessandro Vespignani explain

Following the money

Simplicity and complexity


Right on track

Are you out there?

Own your own Higgs

Space sushi


Honing in on habitable planets

Evanescent waves light up nanotechnology

Black hole struggles to swallow its Milky Way

Newton's idea spotted in neutrons

Philips produces colour electronic paper

News & Analysis

Murdered physicist leaves Iran reeling

Africa launches continent-wide physics society

Chinese duo fired for scientific fraud

New German ion-therapy centre treats its first patients

Flexible electronics enters the e-reader market

Japanese science saved, but worries linger

Questions raised over future of UK research council

Spy agency shares data on climate change

CERN collisions light up Copenhagen

France's grandes écoles accused of elitism

US standards lab funds new research centres

ALMA sharpens its vision

Moroccan solar-thermal plant planned

Thailand plans 'science city'


Complexity made simple

Critical Point

Your favourite units

Robert P Crease explains the enduring popularity of non-SI units, including the ox-day, firkin and litre


Promoting education from the bottom up

Lecturing the lecturers

More views on climate

Comments from

Jump-starting the fusion revolution

See you in Narnia

Spouting off


Inside the complexity labyrinth

Gordon Fraser takes a guided tour through the science of complexity

Between the lines

Space elevators, the Tunguska mystery and how to understand physics through the everyday

The unsettled heavens

Aaron Leonard enjoys a fictionalized account of a meteorologist's role in the D-Day landings

Web life: – all you need to know about complexity science


Life on the borders

Careers and people

Once a physicist: David Roy

Lateral Thoughts

Alice through the double slits