Volume 412 Issue 6849, 23 August 2001


Careers and Recruitment

  • Careers and Recruitment |

    The research boom in biology is helping to reshape classical chemistry disciplines, providing fresh challenges for inorganic chemists, says Steve Bunk.

    • Steve Bunk
  • Careers and Recruitment |

    Renewed investment into fields such as nanotechnology should improve job prospects for inorganic chemists in Japan, says Robert Triendl.

    • Robert Triendl
  • Careers and Recruitment |

    Inorganic chemists face a range of possible career options when they qualify. But catalysis and biomimetics look to be reasonable bets in Britain, says Alok Jha.

    • Alok Jha



News in Brief

News Feature

  • News Feature |

    With its farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops, Britain has taken ecological studies of farming practices into new territory. But the trials are the focus of intense controversy. Trisha Gura spoke to the scientists involved.

    • Trisha Gura
  • News Feature |

    Beams of antimatter are providing some of the most detailed images yet of defects in semiconductors. Philip Ball reports.

    • Philip Ball


Book Review


  • Words |

    The current state of language can make it difficult to discuss evolution in an accurate way.

    • Steve Blinkhorn


News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Nuclear fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but its potential remains untapped. Can a new way to ignite a tiny ball of high-density fuel make the dream come true?

    • Michael H. Key
  • News & Views |

    Sensory neurons constantly adapt to the changing environment. It seems they can do this surprisingly quickly, and without losing their absolute frame of reference.

    • Pamela Reinagel
  • News & Views |

    Seismic analyses of the lithosphere, undertaken as part of the Kaapvaal project, provide an unprecedented view of cratons — the earliest parts of continental landmasses.

    • Suzanne Y. O'Reilly
  • News & Views |

    Segmentation is a key feature of many animals. New molecular studies add to our understanding of how vertebrate segments form and how this process is linked to the genes that make each segment unique.

    • Clifford J. Tabin
    •  & Randy L. Johnson
  • News & Views |

    The unexpected discovery of noble gases within silicate pockets in a primitive meteorite is hard to explain. Could they have been captured from the solar wind streaming from the young Sun?

    • Typhoon Lee
  • News & Views |

    A remarkable array of microlenses formed from calcite has been found on a species of brittlestar. These lenses appear to be responsible for the brittlestar's sensitivity to light.

    • Roy Sambles
  • News & Views |

    Solar neutrinos are now known to have some mass. So solid objects, like the planets, must slow them down, perhaps revealing information about their interiors.

    • David Jones

Brief Communication




New on the Market

  • New on the Market |

    Familiar software packages get an upgrade, and novelties get an airing.

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