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"The dune chorus", Nature 449, 10 (September 2007).

"Bacteria may be wiring up the soil", Nature 449, 338 (September 2007).

"Social science goes virtual", Nature 448, 647 (August 2007).

"Achievement index climbs the ranks", Nature 448, 737 (August 2007).

"Designs for life", Nature 448, 32 (July 2007).

"Beijing bubbles", Nature 448, 256 (July 2007).

"Diamonds melted inside an onion", Nature 448, 396 (July 2007).

"Feel the force", Nature 447, 772 (June 2007). PDF here.

"Meanings of 'life'", Nature (editorial) 447, 1031 (June 2007).

"The click concept", Chemistry World, April 2007, p.46.

"Invisible Revolution", Technology Review March/April. p.56 (2007).

"A jump that would prove Newton wrong", Nature 446, 357 (March 2007).

"Painting the whole picture?", Nature 445, 486 (February 2007).

"Collective behaviour and the physics of society", Institute for Cultural Research Monograph Series No. 52 (2007). Available via

"A switch in time", Nature 445, 362 (January 2007).

"Culture crash", Nature 441, 686 (2006). PDF available here.

"Champing at the bits", Nature 440, 398 (2006) PDF here.

"The life of water", Exhibition catalogue "Water being water" (the photography of David Goldes), Wright State Universities Art Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, 2005. PDF available here.

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