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Man faces libel allegations over Amazon book review

A father of three from the West Midlands is set to appear in the High Court tomorrow to defend himself against libel allegations over a book review he wrote on Amazon’s website last year.

Russian scientists try to save Mars moon probe

A Russian space probe aiming to land on a Mars moon was stuck circling the Earth after equipment failure, and scientists raced to fire up its engines before the whole thing came crashing down. 

Leading article: Chaos that has blighted a generation of students

Running a world-class university sector can't be left entirely to the market

White House: no life on Mars

The White House says it has no evidence that extraterrestrial creatures exist. The Obama administration made the unusual declaration on Monday, in response to demands on its website.

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You, Me, Something Else, GoMA, Glasgow

Ten different artists based in Glasgow, all making work that can be classified as "sculpture".

In 1900, there were up to 100,000 tigers in India alone. Now, estimates of their global population range from just 3,062 to 5,066. India still has the most - about 1,700 - but with the country expected to overtake China as the most populous nation, pressure on dwindling tiger populations is intense. The false belief of Chinese herbalists that tiger products can cure a variety of ills means that poaching is still endemic and is organised by highly skilled criminal gangs

Is it time to give up on tigers and pandas?

Controversial plans to save one species at expense of another are gathering pace

Philippe Starck: 'I'd rather save lives than be a designer'

The designer's latest project is a reinvention of the photo booth, but he says that to want to be a designer is "a stupid dream".

Asteroid 'could reveal planet data'

An asteroid which will come as close to the Earth than any other of its size in 35 years could reveal information about how our planet is formed when it speeds by today.

A tolerance for luxury, long-distance travel might as well be in the job description for a certified super tutor

The rise of the super tutor

Competition for school and university places is causing a rise in 'super tutors', young men and women who charge anxious pushy parents a fortune for their skills.

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses), Royal Festival Hall, London

"To those of you who thought there was a support act, you've missed half the show," quips Steve Earle to latecomers at the Royal Festival Hall. Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) have already been playing for an hour, with two more yet to come. As he chuckles through his beard, you get the sense that "slowing down" isn't a phrase which has entered Earle's vocabulary: a seasoned country star, he retains the rambunctious enthusiasm of a teenager.

TB 'breathalyser' could be available in two years

A hand-held breathalyser for detecting tuberculosis infection could be available in prototype form within two years, scientists said.

Fracking go-ahead despite new fears

Plans to extract gas using a controversial method linked to an increase in earthquakes have been given the go-ahead in Scotland for the first time.

Popping out for a pint of milk? Actually, he's off to No 10 ...

He is known as much for his eccentric work attire as for thinking the unthinkable on government policy, the man who pads shoeless around Downing Street and cycles to work wearing T-shirts bearing such slogans as "Music Saved My Life". But yesterday, Steve Hilton excelled even himself.

On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature, By Melanie Challenger

In memory of the things we have lost

Earth tremors prompt evacuation in El Hierro

Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern tip of the island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain, as fears of a possible volcanic eruption grow.

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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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