Environment

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

The best science books for Christmas

Cold comforts for a warming world

Why we all need a little sunshine in our lives

Sunshine doesn't just lift your mood - it can help prevent all kinds of illnesses, including cancer. Roger Dobson reports

London Zoo: Did we leave anyone in the tiger's den?

London Zoo is raising money with a new scheme allowing members of the public to care for wild beasts, as keepers for a day. But it's not easy to keep on the right side of a penguin or a big cat, finds Peter Conchie

Penguins come out on top

Who would have thought a film about penguins could beat 'War of the Worlds' at the box office? Michael McCarthy explains why these amazing birds will always come out on top

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Cover Stories: Penguin departure and birthday; Foyles' expansion

The book trade has been shocked at the departure of Anthony Forbes Watson, chief executive of Penguin UK for eight years.

Life Etc: Mind: First impressions

Familiar with the phrase "Look before you leap"? How about "Don't judge a book by its cover". From childhood, we're told that it's better to take the time to gather as much information as possible before reaching a conclusion. Which, according to cultural commentator Malcolm Gladwell (pictured) is wrong. In his new book, Blink, Gladwell argues that decisions made quickly can be just as good then those taken slowly. It comes down to "thin slicing", the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behaviour based on very narrow slices of experience. Taking us through case studies and scientific experiments, he shows how our ability to make snap judgements, although fallible, can be educated, controlled and ultimately relied upon. Should you buy this book? You should already know the answer to that.

The best of 2004: music books reviewed

Flesh and blood on the tracks

Summer fiction special 2004

Want a holiday read that's a bit different? Here's a selection of the books which have most impressed our critics in recent months, from big names you mustn't miss to intriguing newcomers you may not have discovered yet...

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
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Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

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Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor