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BBC presenter Professor Alice Roberts says regulations must be expanded to include private schools

One third of Americans reject the theory of evolution

One third of Americans reject the theory of evolution

The remains of a butchered Neanderthal gang have been analysed, showing they were the victims of local cannibals

Cannibal Neanderthal gang in northern Spain ate 12 of their neighbours raw, scientists say

Study shows the early humans butchered their rivals, breaking open their skulls and bones to extract the marrow

State schools ‘an open door for evangelical groups to push creationism,’ warns study

National Secular Society calls on Government to introduce stricter codes of conduct

Paperback review: The World Until Yesterday By Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday opens with a fascinating scene: Port Moresby airport in Papua New Guinea, 2006, a picture of modernity, staffed by New Guineans, tapping on computers, screening baggage, flying planes. Yet it is only 80 years or so since the New Guinea Highlands were “discovered” by Australia. The grandparents of today’s New Guinean pilots, clerks and baggage handlers were still using stone tools.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict breaks seven-month silence to deny covering up abuse by paedophile priests, and to denounce Richard Dawkins' work as 'science fiction'

The emeritus pope made the comments in a letter to prominent mathematician and atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Evolutionary biologists reveal that reports of altruism make a potential mate - even for a short-term fling - seem more attractive

Help yourself by helping others: Nice guys and girls are sexier, study shows

Evolutionary biologists reveal that reports of altruism make a potential mate - even for a short-term fling - seem more attractive

Book review: An Appetite For Wonder, By Richard Dawkins

An insight beyond the caricature

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Richard Dawkins Muslim jibe sparks Twitter backlash

He posted: 'All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge'

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Tom Lehrer's spring isn't complete without poisoning them in the park; Dick Dastardly dratted and double-dratted himself to near-oblivion chasing one. For the rest of us, it's become all too easy to vilify them as "rats with wings".

Fewer Creationist groups are joining Michael Gove’s flagship programme

Creationist free school applications plummet

The number of faith schools continues to grow, mostly started by mainstream Christian groups

Richard Dawkins has written a scathing review of an Amazon instruction manual

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It’s not just people labouring under the “God delusion” who provoke the ire of Professor Richard Dawkins. The outspoken atheist has launched a furious rant at Amazon over an instruction manual he described as an “illiterate disgrace”.

Robert Newman's New Theory of Evolution, Little Angel Theatre, London

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