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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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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

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The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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