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Millionth book added to Bodleian annexe

The Bodleian library's overflow facility – opened in Swindon last year afterplanning permission for a depository close to Oxford University was turned down – received its one millionth book yesterday.

Goonhilly, we have a problem...

Fifty years ago, Arthur, the oldest satellite at Cornwall's Goonhilly Down Satellite Station, received the world's first transatlantic television broadcast.

Average man is a stone heavier than in 1980s

British men are getting heavier, with the average man piling on more than a stone between 1986 and 2000 – and experts believe the weight gains are getting worse.

ME 'virus' was actually a lab mistake, study says

A virus that was believed to be the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, has turned out to be a laboratory contamination that could not have caused an infection in humans, scientists said yesterday.

James Tyler: Lutenist who helped lead the early-music revival of the 1960s

The 1960s was the decade when the early music group came of age, with historically authentic ensembles such as New York Pro Musica, Studio der Frühen Musik (Munich), and David Munrow's Early Music Consort of London reaching new levels of technical and musical excellence on period instruments. The lutenist James Tyler was a member of all three groups, during the early part of a career that was devoted to the historically accurate performance of music for plucked strings. His death has robbed the early music world of one of the finest, most knowledgeable, and most likeable exponents of those instruments.

White Britons 'could be minority by 2066'

White British people will be a minority in their own country by 2066 if current immigration levels continue, a population expert has claimed.

Finger length reveals sexual promiscuity in Stone Age

Early human ancestors were probably more sexually promiscuous than present-day societies if a study of the finger lengths of fossilised bones is to be believed.

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Hutton says evidence was not concealed

The law lord who conducted the inquiry into Dr David Kelly's death insisted today there was no secrecy surrounding the post mortem report.

Academics celebrate as science budget frozen

Scientists were today celebrating a "vote of confidence" after learning they had been spared swingeing cuts.

Excessive meat-eating 'kills 45,000 each year'

Lowering meat consumption in the UK would prevent about 45,000 premature deaths a year, according to a new study.

Information, please: it’s time to fill the data gap

With applications and course fees rising, Sarah Morrison finds a central database is needed

Scientists identify faulty gene link to migraines

Migraine sufferers were offered new hope today after researchers identified a faulty gene responsible for the debilitating headaches.

Time to fill the data gap: A central database is needed as applications and course fees rise

It has been six months since a major Government review on postgraduate studies was published, and little has been done to fill what some officials describe as a "data vacuum" in the sector. Yet, with almost a quarter of students in the UK now studying at a postgraduate level, administrators say that this is the year in which the gap in statistics must start to be filled.

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