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Tuesday 03 September 2013
Millipedes may have caused a train to run into the back of a stationary train in Perth after hundreds of them were found squashed in a slippery mess on the track.
Monday 02 September 2013
Britain should expect “many hundreds” more pests and pathogens to invade the country in the coming years, endangering vast volumes of food production, the author of a new report has warned.
Friday 30 August 2013
This summary of a great career defines the evolutionary breakthroughs that made humankind
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Freaky dancer Bez is buzzing as he encourages a green initiative in his hometown of Manchester.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
"Swarms are extremely powerful," the zoologist George McGavin told us in Ultimate Swarms. They can be deadly too, he continued: "By joining together, even the simplest creatures can achieve the impossible." Yeah, we know that, George, we've seen Hitchcock's The Birds, and some of us still remember that naff crop of films about insect invasion that were the equivalent of zombie movies in the late 1970s – swarms of bees, ants and spiders working with a cunning collective intelligence to overwhelm mankind.
John Townsend on the Ashes: Darren Lehmann's forward planning places Stuart Broad in the firing line for next series
Wednesday 21 August 2013
The Aussie Angle
Friday 16 August 2013
This thoughtful fantasia of a novel juggles past and present – and faith and doubt
Thursday 08 August 2013
Police are turning to forensic entomologists to gain vital evidence in the fight against crime
Friday 26 July 2013
Aluna Francis and George Reid offer a blend of warmth and innocence which in places recalls trip-hop pioneers Sneaker Pimps as well as more modern comparisons with the voguish pop alienation of Lana Del Rey. Reid's sparse backing tracks, with their blend of brittle, skittish beats, deep synth bass pulses and woozy keyboard chordings, nod to the synthetic variety of contemporary British modes from bashment to dubstep, while Francis employs a distinctive childlike Estuary English delivery that's equal parts Lily Allen and (the younger) Bonnie Langford.
Thursday 25 July 2013
'A writhing mass of flesh-eating maggots': Doctors find larvae inside British woman’s ear after she complained of headaches and bizarre scratching sounds inside her head
Wednesday 17 July 2013
27-year-old Rochelle Harris had just returned from a holiday in Peru
Friday 05 July 2013
Thanks to hair removal, the world pubic lice population is dwindling fast and the insects are in danger of disappearing forever
Wednesday 03 July 2013
Doodle is based on Kafka’s 1915 novella ‘The Metamorphosis’
Friday 28 June 2013
The Government is launching an “urgent and comprehensive” review of why bees are declining and what is being done to help them.
Friday 28 June 2013
I'm guessing that the title of Happy Families – ITV's panopticon documentary series – is meant to be ironic. Or at least that it understands there may be a little friction between the childlike innocence of those two words and what you see on screen. Because they don't look at all happy – or at least not in any uncomplicated way.
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition