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The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature 

Biology of a sister act

Avant-garde design (Helen) meets hard science (Kate) in Primitive Streak, a fashion exhibition charting the first 1,000 hours in the life of an embryo, cooked up by siblings from different worlds

Why sex can be man's best endowment policy

It is a matter of scientific fact that promiscuous men have larger testicles.

Letter: Infected by a small mental parasite

Sir: Keith Williamson's "earworm" (letter, 5 June) is indeed known to science, and was described by Professor Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene under the name "meme". To quote Dawkins, a meme is

Letter: Don't blame the helpless ME patient

Sir: ME is not an illness of the mid-Eighties. It simply became more recognised at that time. In the 19th century people such as Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale had its symptoms.

Education: The View From Here: Unlike religions, scientific theories court their own destruction

I was shocked at this little piece of gossip. The other day a scientific paper of mine was found with one of those jolly little yellow slickers on it saying "Who is distributing this rubbish?".

LETTER : Uncritical church aids Dawkins

Sir: Gordon Whitehead states that God is a just God and accuses Richard Dawkins of basing his opinions on only some of the relevant knowledge available to him. But if there were a just God he would, according to Bertrand Russell, expect men to make proper use of the reason with which he has endowed them and as he has not supplied them with sufficient evidence for believing in his existence, he would be displeased with those who did so, like Gordon Whitehead, and pleased with those, like Dawkins, who did not.

Letter: Dawkins and the divine `joke'

Sir: Whenever I read any of Richard Dawkins' work I am reminded that his expertise lies in genetics. We would not think of soliciting his opinion on any other subject, such as meteorology or Mayan hieroglyphics. Why should we feel he has any special skills as a theologian?

Letter: Bitter Dawkins

Sir: In spite of an initial impression to the contrary, Richard Dawkins's offensively bitter comments ("Surely, you must be joking", 24 December) show just how deeply he cares about the truths of Christian belief: you don't get offensive or bitter about something you couldn't give tuppence for.

A believer hits back

Has science destroyed God? The argument goes on, with a book that takes on the scientists on their own ground

LETTERS: Hair for hunting hunters untingfor huhuntingihus

Sir: Christopher Hill (Letters, 16 October) quite rightly offers Elaine Morgan's theory as an alternative to the Savannah orthodoxy on human evolution, but misrepresents much of it.

Altruistic equations that killed a good man

We love - and hate - our neighbours because our genes make us do so. And there's algebra to prove it. Andrew Brown tells the strange story of the men who unravelled the maths in our human make-up: knowledge that, for one of them, was too much to bear

Meet the science fraud squad

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Letter: A cure for the dawkins

Sir: At the beginning of his excellent essay Andrew Brown complains of an attack of the dawkins, a condition named after the well-known atheist. He then goes on to argue that the longevity of a religion, together with the quality of the lives of its adherents, is a good measure of whether or not it is reasonable.

Revenge of the mutant organisms

Our trust in biotechnology and faith in the quick fix expose our ignorance - and leave us vulnerable
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