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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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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape