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Sun sets on sceptics' case against climate change

Critics who say global warming is not man-made are using the summit in Copenhagen to make their case. Steve Connor explains why the science is flawed

The power of 10: Helping to counter global warming

These scientific advances could help counter global warming, as could the gadgets and suggested life changes outlined below

The Royal Society: Dilettantes to DNA via cuckoos and kites

It began as a talking shop for rich intellectuals but 350 years later, the Royal Society is the de facto national academy of science

To Sea and Back, By Richard Shelton

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Tinnitus: The noise that annoys

Ringing, buzzing and humming in the ears can be torture for tinnitus sufferers like me, writes Enjoli Liston. But at last there's hope of a cure

The missing sunspots: Is this the big chill?

Scientists are baffled by what they’re seeing on the Sun’s surface – nothing at all. And this lack of activity could have a major impact on global warming. David Whitehouse investigates

Fantastic voyage: new-generation imaging heralds revolution in medical treatment

From a cluster of Chiltern villages, GE Healthcare is leading the way in detecting and treating diseases.

Nature turns on the Christmas lights

To the ancient Norse they were the flashes of light reflected from the burnished shields of the Valkyries, while for the Scots they represent "the mirrie dancers" of the night. The spectacle of the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, has inspired myth and folklore but the scientific reality behind these stupendous light displays is as fascinating as the fiction.

Electronic smog 'is disrupting nature on a massive scale'

New study blames mobile phone masts and power lines for collapse of bee colonies and decline in sparrows

And finally, 100 million-year-old galactic mystery solved by Hubble

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Perseus cluster of stars have helped scientists to solve a 100 million-year-old mystery of how giant structures in deep space are prevented from disintegrating. The spectacular pictures show vast, thread-like "filaments" of gas which emerge from the centre of a galaxy known as NGC 1275, situated some 235 million light years away from Earth.

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Revealed: secret of how birds navigate during migration

The mystery of how migratory birds exploit the Earth's magnetic field using an internal compass may have been solved by scientists who have discovered how molecules in the eye can be orientated by weak magnetic lines.

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