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Experts warn over humanising apes

Action is needed now to prevent nightmarish "Planet Of The Apes" science ever turning from fiction to fact, according to a group of eminent experts.

Passive smoking linked to DNA damage and birth defects

Passive smoking can cause genetic damage to sperm cells that may result in birth defects, miscarriages and other reproductive problems which make it difficult to father a healthy child, scientists have found.

Brown gives £600,000 to charity

Gordon Brown was last night forced to defend receiving £600,000 from speeches and books published in the past year.

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Studying in Canada: A welcome to keep you warm through winter

Plenty of jobs, competitive fees and a great quality of life await in Canada, writes Jessica Moore

Diary: Blessed in with a shout

News of the contest to become the next chancellor of Cambridge University has tended to focus on the David and Goliath battle between Lord Sainsbury and local shopkeeper Abdul Arain. But this unlikely face-off could be disrupted by the unexpected participation of the leading beard-wearer Brian Blessed. A Facebook campaign by students has resulted in the vocally endowed actor garnering the required 50 nominations to run – and, reports the Cambridge Tab, he has consented to his inclusion on the ballot. This is not the first time that marginally-less-hilarious-than-they-think undergraduates, made giddy by their eclectic DVD collections, have afforded Blessed the status of a campus folk hero. In January a motion was passed by York University's student union, mandating the institution to rename one of its study spaces "The Brian Blessed Centre for Quiet Study".

Jeff Conaway: Actor best known as Kenickie in 'Grease' and Bobby Wheeler in 'Taxi'

Starring as the swaggering, leather jacket-wearing heartthrob Kenickie, alongside John Travolta, in the film version of the hit musical Grease brought Jeff Conaway global fame. Cinema audiences were quick to learn of Kenickie's two biggest loves – fast motors and fast women – in an early scene where he has sex in the back of his car with his girlfriend, Rizzo (Stockard Channing). Kenickie is a leading light in the high-school T-Birds gang of greasers and sidekick to Danny Zuko (Travolta), whose rekindling of a summer romance with Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John) is the central story in the 1978 film. Conaway had already played Danny in the stage musical on Broadway but had to make way on screen for Travolta, who was hot property following his starring role in the film Saturday Night Fever.

Festival themes: show me the way to the cosmodome

From fantasy to philosophy, there&rsquo;s much more to today&rsquo;s festivals than bands, beer and burgers, as Nick Hasted discovers

Letters: The Iraq Dossier

Mystery of Iraq 'golden bullet'

John Rentoul: Labour has a nasty dose of self-delusion

The coalition is unpopular, but a lack of policies will wipe out any gains Ed Miliband makes in this week's local elections

Is depression actually good for you?

Experts now believe that mild to moderate depression may be good for us &ndash; and even help us live longer. Rebecca Hardy explains how to reap the benefits

Gordon Brown earns &#163;62,000 for a speech

Gordon Brown has earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from speeches and a book deal since leaving Downing Street, according to the register of MPs' interests.

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The director/star of Super Size Me has a new cause with his exposé of product-placement. Charlotte Cripps gets the message

James Corrigan: For Bonds, the greatest punishment may be exclusion from hallowed hall

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Greg Dyke: 'The arts had a good run with Labour. But I'm still optimistic'

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