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The sexiness of ideas

Suddenly people are queuing to see scientists, philosophers, writers. What's afoot?

Debate: Great minds think alike (unfortunately)

RICHARD DAWKINS AND STEVEN PINKER

Letter: Mad scientist

Sir: It is a pity that Richard Dawkins couldn't be bothered to find out what Christianity teaches.

Bryson's America: Warning: do not forget to read this column

I CAME across something in our bathroom the other day which has occupied my thoughts off and on since. It was a little dispenser of dental floss.

Biological spot-the-difference

How do scientists compare one species with another? Richard Dawkins explains

Books: The things we believe

All in the Mind: A Farewell to God

Living cells to be made from scratch

A LEADING EXPERT on genetics is poised to create a totally synthetic life-form using artificial genes - a feat that, if successful, would mark a giant scientific leap forward.

American Association: Geneticist proposes to create life from scratch

Pioneer seeks ethical go-ahead to use man-made genes

The Books Interview, A S Byatt: Sun strokes and inner lights

Northern ice joins southern fire in A S Byatt's luminous tales. Boyd Tonkin meets a word-painter

Sorry Ron, it's not all in the genes

Divinity, like morality, is mostly about sex, and `genes' just a respectable word for horniness

Books: Why D H Lawrence needed tutorials in evolution

Dawkins is absolutely, uncontroversially right - so why is he so difficult to agree with?

Letter: Heads in the stars

Letter:

Letter: Why flowers?

Sir: Richard Dawkins (Saturday Profile, 17 October) may be a brilliant university teacher but he is a lousy teacher of six-year-olds.

Cheltenham Festival: Today's Highlights

Today's Highlights

Letter: Now talk to India

Sir: One of the reasons we now have a Labour government is because, when in opposition, the Labour Party abandoned gesture politics in favour of practical, problem-solving policies. Hence, Labour recognised that a world without nuclear weapons would not be achieved through unilateral gestures such as Richard Dawkins suggests (Letters, 19 May), but as a result of complex, sustained and determined multilateral negotiations.
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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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