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Can you fight cancer and the medical establishment at the same time? By Jeremy Laurance

Letter: Charging about

Sir: Why is it that we do not build our houses with a 6-volt supply in addition to the standard 240?

Spotting a climate change

The role sunspots may play in determining our weather has long been a source of debate. A discovery this week may shed light on the matter

Stars and Planets: July

Midsummer's Day has focused attention on our local star - and whether you're a druid or a Wimbledon fan, you can't ignore it. But how well do we understand the Sun? Its brilliant but bland surface has long hidden its secrets. In the past couple of years, astronomers have begun to understand what makes the Sun tick - and explode - thanks to the ever- vigilant satellite SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. This joint mission of ESA and NASA was launched in 1995.

Bolt from the blue solves mystery of missing hikers

THE ANNUAL mystery of solo hikers found dead in the mountains with no apparent cause may have a solution. Doctors suggest that these deaths may be the result of near-miss lightning strikes generating a huge magnetic pulse.

Sun's burning question answered

IT'S A question with which you could, for more than 50 years, shut up any physicist who was bothering you at a party. Why, exactly, is the sun's atmosphere hotter than its surface?

Science: It's not getting there

After years of attempting to make the floating `maglev' train a reality, the dream has proved too expensive. So why are Japan and Germany still trying?

Weather: Spotting a change in climate

The debate over the effect of sunspots on the earth's weather has been running for more than a century. Yet the issue is still clouded in mystery.

Science: Hubble reveals spectacle of Jupiter's `Northern Lights'

The "Northern Lights" seen on Earth have their equivalents on all the other planets. Jupiter, the biggest, doesn't skimp when it comes to a show, as the latest pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, explains.

Space: Flowing carpets keep Sun warm

A 55-year-old mystery about the temperature of the Sun's corona - the outermost layer, visible during a solar eclipse - has been solved by a European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft. The answer, it turns out, is that the Sun is covered in carpets.

Health: Voyage to the centre of the mind

Breakthroughs in brain scanning reveal more fully how much the mechanics of physiology rule our minds. Such knowledge makes us fear for our souls. Jerome Burne wonders if it should.

Obituary: Alwyn Rushworth

Francis Alwyn Rushworth, physicist: born Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire 2 July 1920; Assistant Lecturer in Physics, St Andrews University 1947- 49, Lecturer 1949-61, Senior Lecturer 1961-71, Reader 1971-82; FRSE 1961; married 1947 Gwen Johnson (three sons, one daughter); died near St Andrews, Fife 19 August 1997.

Science: Bones and muscles, ploughs and phones


Obituary: Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark contributed much to archaeological science, but will be remembered particularly as a pioneer in the use of geophysical prospecting methods which are now indispensable to much practical field archaeology.

Clocking the swirls of summertime

Lucy Pringle, a stylish fiftysomething, has been researching crop circles for the past 10 years. In spite of a meagre budget, she travels constantly from her home in Hampshire to inspect new formations, and, whenever she can afford it, she hires a light aircraft for aerial photography. She has lectured widely in this country, as well as the United States and Canada, and her book, The Sky is Not the Limit, about "crop formations and other associated mysteries", is to be published next year.
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