News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Wine: Bequest of the Pilgrims foretells a dry season

They call it Thanksgiving Day but for many Americans a more accurate description of today's holiday might be Indulgence Day. Eat that turkey, eat that pumpkin pie and drink that alcohol. And not in modest quantities.

Space: Einstein passes black hole test

Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity is 81 years old - but astronomers are still finding experimental ways to test it. The latest, from observations of five spinning black holes, demonstrates that one of the major pieces of scientific thinking of this century is correct. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, explains.

Weather: The cloudy chaos of computerised climates.

When world experts in various aspects of weather forecasting get together, it only serves to emphasise the complexity of the problem they are tackling.

Comment: Why it's worthless to judge at face value

Appearances can be deceptive, especially in front of a court of law

HIV moves/ Mir's crash/ CFCs waning

theoretically ...

Yeast DNA may hold the key to human ageing

GENETICS

Will the real Kurt Vonnegut please log on?

Within the links and connections of the electronic world, myths propagate and flourish at a speed that cannot be attested to by prudence or fact. Consider: on May 31 Mary Schmich, a writer for The Chicago Tribune, wrote a column for the paper that began:

Thoughts on looking out of Windows

After a salmon day in the salt mines, anyone would be ready to mung the English language. For those who fail to understand, a dictionary of West Coast jargon submitted by the readers of Wired magazine has been published, to keep the score in the unending war between the technicians who create language and the marketing men who tear it down again.

The problem with computers is that they just aren't made to be used by humans

Computers don't work. Or, at least, they don't work very well. They don't really deliver on the grand promise of information at everybody's fingertips - and you don't have to take my word for it.

The dying stars

Are the lights going out in the big corporations? Gavin Barrett considers the symptoms of decline

A bit more backbone

Internet II is in the wings. US researchers have built a new, superfast network and they love the results. Joseph Gallivan on life in the very fast lane

Letter: Ruthless will to win in the kiddies' model car grand prix

Sir: David Usborne's experience at the Tiger Cubs' Pinewood Derby meeting ("Connecticut Days", 3 February) was free of the cultural gaffe which I committed at a similar event some years ago.

GENETICS: Hope for spine injury treatment

Spinal injuries and damage to the central nervous system could eventually be repaired using genetic technology, following the discovery by American and Swiss scientists of a gene which makes nerves regrow. They report in today's edition of the science journal Nature that a gene known as bcl-2, which produces a protein of the same name, helped severed nerve axons in mice to regrow.

Atomic laser points the way to future

It could become the most precise manufacturing tool that humans ever build. Physicists in the United States have demonstrated the world's first "atomic laser", in which atoms take the place of light, producing a stream of matter that can be precisely controlled.

BODY BUILDING

Demand for livers for transplant far exceeds supply. But scientists may have the answer: livers grown in the lab. Roger Dobson on the rise of the test-tube organ
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