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Laughing gas is biggest threat to ozone layer

It is no joke: laughing gas is now the biggest threat to the Earth's ozone layer, say scientists.

Jackson doctor 'to face manslaughter charge'

Michael Jackson's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks, it was reported today.

Policeman claims doctor gave Michael Jackson powerful anaesthetic

Police investigating the death of Michael Jackson believe that the singer's personal doctor administered a powerful anaesthetic that they think killed him, it was reported today.

Jackson and 'secret' $5m stash

Administrators of pop star's estate say they expect it to be solvent, despite his multimillion-dollar debts

Single drug key to Michael Jackson death probe

With the investigation of Michael Jackson's death zeroing in on what drugs the pop singer took and who provided them, an upcoming toxicology report is key to whether anyone is criminally charged.

Pope leaves hospital after breaking wrist

Pope Benedict XVI has left the hospital where he underwent surgery after breaking his right wrist in a fall in his Alpine vacation chalet.

Gone Tomorrow, By Lee Child

Gone Tomorrow is the latest outing for Jack Reacher, Lee Child's endearingly muscular ex-military cop turned civilian vigilante. Whenever the bad guys are just too heavy and too numerous and the odds ridiculous, send for Reacher: he will sort it. He is like a well-built, gruff, grizzly guardian angel. There is indeed something godlike not only in his physique but in his sense of justice. Reacher is, in his relentless, hard-as-nails way, the closest the contemporary thriller comes to a surrogate, secular Almighty.

Up periscope as the Young Vic is transformed into a submarine for Kursk

"Immersive" is the buzzword for theatre at the moment, with audiences taking on the role of a redcoat for Hydrocracker's The Erpingham Camp on Brighton Pier, or donning a mask to wander the murky underworld of a railway tunnel in Punchdrunk's Tunnel 228.

The Atmosphere of Heaven, By Mike Jay

Mention Beddoes and most think of the macabre Romantic poet, Thomas. He scarcely knew his father, another Thomas Beddoes, who died, aged 48, at Christmas 1808. Beddoes was six, with scant idea of the man who had also brought into existence a Pneumatic Institute in Bristol. This not only treated the ailing with compounds which evolved into laughing gas but encouraged an apprentice, Humphry Davy.

Oops, we did it again - Why we make mistakes

Why do we make stupid mistakes? A new book says people have design faults that inevitably lead to slip-ups – but we can train ourselves to avoid them.

Johann Hari: We've forgotten how to face death

A culture that believes it it sick and spooky to see its dead forgets how to live

Octuplets born 'screaming and kicking'

A woman gave birth to eight babies, only the second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few hours, doctors said.

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Risks from epidurals were 'exaggerated'

Epidurals and spinal anaesthetics are safer than previously thought, according to a study published today.

Rescuers fail to save sick whale

A sick whale had to be put down last night after it repeatedly beached itself on sandbanks.

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