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The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace

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If all people lived in isolation for a year, would we wipe out all contagious diseases?’

Each person is teeming with bacteria, and we have a lot of viruses, too. A lot of the bacteria that live on and in our bodies can cause disease even if they aren't causing problems at the moment (for instance, E coli in the gut). So, no way. If each person lived in isolation for a year they'd still come out teeming with germs. But maybe it would theoretically wipe out some certain pathogen – I can't think of any, though. We actually need our bacteria, a lot of what goes on is a symbiotic relationship.

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Huge waves pound Eyemouth harbour in Scotland during the storm surge

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Ministers accused of hugely underestimating number of households rendered uninsurable by repeated flooding

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The singer was spotted in the £2,915 Christopher Kane parka with a real fur collar as she accompanied husband Jay Z to a vegan meal

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The Barrier Reef, the world's largest living organism, has been damaged by climate change, pollution and voracious crown-of-thorns starfish

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The world’s largest living organism has shrunk by about half over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and crown-of-thorns starfish, which prey on coral

A dramatic increase in the number of people who enjoy the taste of reindeer is putting pressure on stocks in Finland

Demand for Dasher and Dancer at dinner tables strains Finland's reindeer stocks

Suppliers are turning down requests for the exotic meat for fear of depleting the forests

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, left, whose idea was supplanted by Charles Darwin, right

The smell of fear can be inherited, scientists prove

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Fiona Stewart, founder of The Green Man Festival

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Fiona Stewart has been able to secure major headline acts without being able to offer the huge fees which they can command at other events

Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in Namibia, killing all 34 on board

A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia killing all 34 people on board, a Namibian police official said on Saturday.

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Moaning, screaming, dying: This is what poaching sounds like

In the forests of Africa, elephants usually get shot out of sight or hearing. But the Elephant Listening Project - a conservation group - has changed that. They put microphones deep into the forests of the DRC and Gabon, to record elephant communications. What those hidden microphones also picked up was this - the moment an elephant is gunned down by poachers.

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

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