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Craig Cobb dismissed the DNA results as 'statistical noise'

Ramsey gets the Nobel Prize call

Norman Ramsey: Physicist whose work led to the atomic clock and the MRI scanner

It is 1945: a young man signs a large stubby, white cylinder. Not long afterwards, the cylinder explodes in mid-air, incinerating in a split second 40,000people in the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Fast forward to the present day: a hospital patient lies with their head in a white cylindrical tunnel, and the very processes of their thoughts are illuminated in reds and blues and greens on a computer screen.

Theresa May already faces allegations that she destroyed the reputation of Brodie Clark

Another fine mess for the Home Secretary

Theresa May's department is accused of publishing 'misleading' figures on drug seizures

Iris-scanning registration booths scaled back‎

At the very time long passport control queues are being blamed as the root cause of the border control scandal, most registration booths for the technology designed to eliminate such waits have been closed with no sign they are to re-open.

Blast off to spacestation

Two Russians and an American blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday to return a full crew to the International Space Station.

Rhodri Marsden: How men should cast off the yoke of online love

My friend Natasha went on a blind date with a guy who'd said, prior to meeting, that he looked like Harrison Ford. His failure to think things through became screamingly apparent when he turned up looking nothing remotely like Harrison Ford, an anomaly Natasha pointed out immediately. "Mm", he replied. "Shall we leave it then?" She walked off.

The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft rests on its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome November

Russian crew blasts off for space station

A Russian spacecraft carrying an American and two Russians blasted off today from the snow-covered Kazakh steppes in a faultless launch that eased anxiety about the future of US and Russian space programmes. 

Earthquake strikes off Indonesian coast

A strong earthquake has hit waters off eastern Indonesia, according to geological agencies - although there is thought to be no threat of a tsunami.

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution, By Keith Devlin

Fibonacci Numbers are increasingly fashionable. Architects weave them into their buildings, and they figure heavily in books on the rapidly developing science of form in nature.

Scientist Paul nurse says FOI laws are a 'tool of intimidation'

Top scientist says FoI laws being used to intimidate

Britain's freedom of information (FOI) laws are being used as an aggressive "tool of intimidation" against university researchers engaged in controversial studies that have political implications, according to Sir Paul Nurse, the President of the Royal Society.

Christmas ad boosts sales at John Lewis

Sales at the retailer John Lewis climbed 6 per cent week on week to £76.3m as its Christmas television campaign launched last week.

A beginning, a middle, but no end in sight

As we announce the shortlist for the 2011 New Media Writing Prize, Lisa Gee explores the unbound possibilities of digital-era fiction

Curatorial assistant Francesca Sidhu at the National Gallery views The Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London

Revisionists, novelists, conspiracy theorists...all are banished in the National Gallery's clear-sighted assessment of Da Vinci's boundless talent

Sport on TV: Aussies are left looking for a hero in virtual world

Cricket is facing a test of credibility – but not because some players cheat. It's also because of the number of nurdlers and sloggers masquerading as Test cricketers. Last summer's series against India was billed as the battle for the world No 1 slot but they sent over a pub team – though admittedly one with a rather good ringer in Sachin Tendulkar. Now South Africa and Australia are contesting the main series of the winter as if it was an Under-9s house match. It's becoming difficult to tellif a player is deliberately underperforming or if he's just rubbish.

London tenants woo landlords with CVs

One in 20 prospective tenants are now providing landlords with a CV, in the hope of being picked over competitors for rental property, says LudlowThompson, a large London letting agent.

Tim Walker: With a work rate this slow, no wonder Leonardo was good

Tales from the Water Cooler: The painter's patron must have felt like Abramovich waiting for Torres to score

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee