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Craig Cobb dismissed the DNA results as 'statistical noise'

Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester

Boris Johnson warns of need for air hub

Britain faces "economic stagnation" unless another major airport is built in south-east England, London Mayor Boris Johnson said today.

The calm authority of Frozen Planet is a timely reminder of BBC at its best.

Ivan Martin: Jirous Stalwart of the Plastic People of the Universe

A legend of the post-war dissident movement in his native Czechoslovakia, Ivan Martin Jirous was a poet and mainstay of the psychedelic rock group the Plastic People of the Universe.

Paul Gallagher celebrates Leicester’s third goal with David Nugent

Gallagher produces stunning welcome for Pearson's return

Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 0

Derelict houses are going for a song

Can Motor City restart its engines?

Long regarded as a synonym for urban decay, the battered city of Detroit has begun to flex its economic muscles again. But the process of regeneration is only just beginning, reports David Usborne

The Last Lingua Franca, By Nicholas Ostler

Goodbye English, say hello to Google and Babel Fish

Katy Guest: I'm no Brian Cox, but I know my skin keeps the water out

You may call this a First World problem and tell me that I watch too much TV, but I am fed up with being blinded by "science". It happens because perceptions of the term are disconcertingly polarised. There's the serious science that nobody really understands: Brian Cox and his Cern pals whizzing round a tunnel underneath Switzerland; and then there's the bogus kind: Jennifer Aniston looking wide-eyed at a Big Bang of hairspray molecules while a male voiceover explains "the science bit" behind the extraordinary shininess of her hair. In 50 years, the public perception of "science" has barely moved on, it seems. While wild-haired male geeks make profound but inexplicable progress experimenting with neutrons in a distant lab, women in commercials still stand astounded as men in white coats patiently explain the sudsiness of their washing powder.

Basil D'Oliveira meets the press in 1967

The years have gone by but the minutes are still missing

The most controversial meeting in sporting history remains shrouded in secrecy

Jane Fonda as Barbarella in 1968

How women are winning sci-fi's battle of the sexes

Say farewell to the Barbarella stereotype as rise in female authors drags genre into 21st century

The original research carried out by Hauptman and his partner Jerome Karle was ignored for years

Professor Herbert Hauptman: Nobel Prize winner

Herbert Hauptman was the co-recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work on determining molecular structures using X-ray crystallography. Withhis co-winner Jerome Karle, he developed a mathematical method that revolutionised chemistry and opened a new era in research in the determination of molecular structures of crystallised materials.

The Cern results appear to overturn Einstein's theory of relativity

Einstein's laws questioned as speed of light is broken again

An experiment showing it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light, and so confound a fundamental principle of theoretical physics, has passed its first serious test of validity.

Andre Villas-Boas: The Chelsea manager says Torres is helping the club by creating goals

I'd pay £50m for Torres today, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager backs misfiring striker to hit the target against former club Liverpool

Davies at work with a red pen

Any colour as long as it's red

He's one of the most respected – and recognisable – figures in architecture. But what inspired Mike Davies' curious obsession?

Minor British Institutions: Biscuit dunking

Dunking biscuits is one of the chief pleasures many Britons afford themselves, which tells you much about the country. Even so, the practice is disapproved of by other Britons, mostly members of the middle classes who follow what they believe, usually erroneously, to be the views of the upper classes.

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