News Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

The ultimate flying doctor saves the day with 6,000-mile errand of mercy To save a life all they had to do was fly 3,000 miles Antarctic mercy mission drops woman's medicines

IN AN operation which was described by its commander as "one of our most challenging peace-time missions, perhaps our most challenging", a United States Air Force crew flew half-way around the world to drop six pallets of emergency medical supplies at the South Pole for a woman who fears she may be suffering from breast cancer.

Obituary: Paul Vigoureux

PAUL VIGOUREUX'S work had a profound impact on the exactness of science and technology. Through it, and in the translation of key documents between French and English, he helped greatly in the process of reaching agreement as to what the International System of Units, the SI, should be. Where necessary he would gently remind over-enthusiastic pedants that "units are made for people, not the other way round".

Speedway: The Interview Simon Wigg: Tracks of a speed star's tears

Fans will gather today to say farewell to a hero cruelly brought to a standstill.

Breast removed after lab mix-up

A WOMAN who had a healthy breast removed after being told mistakenly that she had cancer was the victim of a mix-up of slides in a laboratory, a hospital said yesterday.

A Question of Health: Tracking down daddy

I WOULD like to arrange a DNA test to discover who is the father of my son. Can this be done without going through my GP?

Health: The body snatcher

It's spread by blood-sucking ticks and can lead to facial paralysis, meningitis and arthritis but, as Angela Howard found out, GPs are often slow to diagnose Lyme disease

Women win screening test case

THREE WOMEN have won a landmark High Court case against the hospital that wrongly diagnosed their cervical smears and failed to warn them that they had cancer.

Beam Us Up, Sandu

Teleportation is no longer total fantasy. Andy Martin meets Sandu Popescu, one of a new breed of DIY quantum physicists who are searching for a trap door in nature

Arts: No cachet in a Gachet

Van Gogh's artistic output in the last few months of his life was huge. Impossibly so, say some scholars. Are some of them fakes painted by his doctor? An exhibition in Paris has re-opened the controversy.

The appliance of science to fiction

Think of soap operas and scientists do not immediately spring to mind. But that could be about to change. By Gerard Gilbert

NHS smear tests `fail' thousands

THOUSANDS OF women's lives are being put at risk because of "significant failings" at every level of the cervical screening process, according to a damning new report.

Historical Notes: The nastier aspects of warfare

THE PASSION for dangerously powerful men like Saddam Hussein to equip themselves with biological weapons has a pedigree dating back two thousand years at least, when Greeks and Romans used human and animal corpses to contaminate their enemies' wells.

The evidence: The molecular biologist's laboratory

Dr Harry White is a senior research fellow and member of the Department of Immunobiology at the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Lab notes: Bi-weekly news from the world of science

Young lungs

Obituary: Dr James Howard

JAMES HOWARD was a gentleman in the increasingly competitive world of science. He had a broad vision and passion for fine art and music and crossed the line between academia and industry. He gained international recognition for his contribution to the study of immunology, especially for his work on cellular immunological responses to grafts and on the mechanisms which bring about tolerance to them. In 1984, this contribution was recognised by his election as Fellow of the Royal Society.
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn