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Does God play dice with the universe? Or is everything that happens the consequence of rigid "laws of nature"? Albert Einstein was convinced that the universe is law-abiding. In a letter to Max Born he wrote: "You believe in a god who plays dice, and I in complete law and order." Born was a pioneer of quantum physics, in which events on sub-atomic scales are held to be governed by pure chance. Einstein disagreed profoundly.

Letter: Clothed in GM

IN CASE anyone thinks that wearing GM clothing does not pose a threat to their health, they should be aware that cottonseed is used extensively in animal feed and cottonseed oil is used in both animal and human food. M&S is correct in pointing out that its clothing is not eaten, but, by accepting GM cotton, it is nevertheless actively encouraging huge amounts of unnecessary GM material into our food chain.

Stop GM foods campaign: Scientists find banned soya in UK products

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The weeds shall inherit the Earth

We are presiding over one of the great mass extinctions of recorded time, writes David Quammen. 150 years from now, more than half of the world's species are likely to have been wiped out. Eventually, the only survivors will be the versatile and aggressive, the 'superweeds' such as cats, rats, cockroaches - and humans

Travel: Long Haul - They've got it covered

What do you put in a dome? Animals, vegetables and minerals. At least that's what they've done in Montreal. Cleo Paskal went in search of a sloth

Letter: Unfair to toads

Sir: Amphibians generally get a bad press. Your report (1 October) concerning a teacher who had found a toad in a bag of mixed salad implied that toads are dangerous and contact with them could be a serious health risk. According to the report the woman was so terrified that she screamed so much that her chest hurt and she could need medical tests to make sure she had not caught any disease from the toad. Sadly, this reflects general feeling about frogs and toads, that they are unpleasant creatures and contact with them should be avoided.

Science: Time to face the true cost of the Earth?

How much is a tree worth? Or a rainforest? Some economists will tell you that it's worth as much as the landowner charges. Biologists calculate that, in reality, the environment is giving us a free lunch - but the bill may be on the way. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, on the trillion-dollar business we never notice.
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