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The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World, By David Deutsch

Science has never had an advocate quite like David Deutsch. He is a computational physicist on a par with his touchstones Alan Turing and Richard Feynman, and also a philosopher in the line of his greatest hero, Karl Popper. His arguments are so clear that to read him is to experience the thrill of the highest level of discourse available on this planet and to understand it.

Out with tuna, in with sardines – a recipe for saving the seas

The world's oceans would be a better place for wildlife if people shifted from eating large, predatory fish such as tuna and cod to smaller, "grazing" fish such as anchovies and sardines, a major scientific study has found.

Living Planet: The world is not enough

A new report reveals just how fast we are consuming the Earth's resources – and the dire consequences

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What's your reaction to the word biodiversity? Do you know what it means? Legend has it that when John Prescott took up office as the Environment Secretary in the New Labour government of 1997, he thought it was a washing powder. But of course he soon learned, as all of us learn, that biodiversity is basically a portentous way of saying wildlife.

Picture of the Day: Mint croc dip

Rarely are photographers met with subjects that are just as snap-happy as themselves, but they met their match in northern Colombia on Saturday when 800 baby alligators – that adds up to an awful lot of teeth – were released into the wild.

National Trust bids for Welsh coastline

As holidaying in the UK grows in popularity, the National Trust has stepped in to save a kilometre of Welsh coastline from the growing army of "staycationers".

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Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the food chain last year, probably in pies or burgers sold in Scotland, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said yesterday.

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