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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

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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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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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