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Craig Cobb dismissed the DNA results as 'statistical noise'

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. 

Alex Frost's 'Adult (Ryvita/Crackerbread)' (2007)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

In memory of the things we have lost

Moustaches will for the most part be apologetic, ironic or nostalgic in November

Movember: Stand up for the Walrus, Stromboli and Pencil, last of a dying breed

As men nationwide sprout a moustache for charity this month, Tim Lott says that without a good cause, such growth is doomed

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

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Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

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