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Astrobiology is booming: this is the third new book by an astrobiologist I've read in five months. So what is astrobiology? It's the study of life in the universe: how it started on Earth and whether or not it will ever be found beyond our bounds. The very existence of the subject proclaims that the old overspecialised tendency of science – "knowing more and more about less and less" – has yielded to a multidisciplinary approach, in this case combining cosmology and molecular biology.

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In a family where only daughters are produced, a shared deceit is set in motion: turn one of your daughters into a boy

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The rich are going nowhere in a hurry. The prospect of yet more protests and riots looms large

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