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Deborah Orr: The sinister development behind the gull-killer and the recycling refusenik

Brian Boughton, Dartmouth's answer to the ancient mariner, and Donna Challice, Exeter's front-runner for world's stroppiest landfill enthusiast, may not appear to have much in common. Boughton has just been taken to court by the RSPCA for shooting a herring gull and hanging it from a tree. Challice is just about to be prosecuted by her local council for ignoring all imprecations to place only paper, cans and plastic in her recycling bin. The troubles the two face, though, have the same vast socio-economic cause, that towers implacably over local attempts to curb their tiny individual rebellions.

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The Swiss Army Knife: survival of the sharpest

It may have blades, scissors and a little spiky thing to take pebbles out of horse hooves, but can the world's most trusty penknife survive the war on terrorism? Rose George reports

Letter: Childhood cancer

Sir: Professor Knox's research (report, 17 January) is not alone in finding increased childhood cancer near pollution sites. Similar findings were reported in France last year in relation to children's proximity to petrol stations. A recent Europe-wide study shows that for some cancers, incidence in adolescents is about twice that of 50 years ago, increasing at 1.5 per cent per year. Given that our genetic make-up does not change on this timescale, we may suspect that environmental factors play a part in this increase.

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Watchdog calls for study of cancer link to power lines

New studies are needed to establish if weak magnetic fields from high-voltage power lines lead to childhood leukaemia, the Government's radiation watchdog said yesterday.

Grewcock ruled out of World Cup

Keith Kendrick: Beasts have more sense than we do

From an open lecture given by the Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College, in London

Long ruled out but Lowes back

Album: Future Bible Heroes

Eternal Youth, Circus

Letter: Power line fears

Sir: The report that the magnetic fields from high-voltage power lines do not cause cancer is reassuring, but it does little to help those unfortunate enough to live under them (report, 3 December).
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