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Letter: Hungarian hero too outspoken

Sir: Jonathan Eyal's erudite defence of the need by Nato not to neglect Romania in the likely event of Hungary's admission to that organisation by the end of the decade (letter, 18 September) sounds persuasive now that both countries have agreed to sign an inter-state treaty.

It's strangeness that sells

The British Association's conference is the year's biggest public science event. Charles Arthur asks why it attracts more virtual visitors than real ones, and, below right, rounds up some of the best stories

Radar reveals Roman secrets

Archaeologists discovered that a Roman settlement in Wroxeter, Shropshire was as big as Pompeii - without touching the ground that covers it. They used ground-penetrating radar, coupled with magnetic and electrical analysis of the soil, to draw up a plan of the fourth-largest city from Roman times.

Labour pledges facts and figures clean-up

Labour would set up an independent arm's-length National Statistical Service to restore public faith in official statistics, Jack Straw, the party's home affairs spokesman, said yesterday.

Putting a price on the life of a child

DEATH OF JAYMEE BOWEN

Wartime prisoner sues after 50 years

German-born grandmother Gertrude Timmis is to seek compensation from the government after she was interned during the Second World War for what she believes was a "clerical error".

A benchmark for magistrates

Nobody wants Britain's 30,000 JPs to be clones, but could training make them more consistent? A recent project may provide the answer

Letter: How to be Jewish

From Ms Elisabeth Meggitt

Billion-pound atoms

One day nano-technology could turn this futuristic vision into reality, sending tiny robots into the human body to fight disease. And someone will make a killing 'Library in the palm of your hand'

Could you be a fitness junkie?

It may begin in a healthy vein but, if you get hooked, a trip to the gym may not work out well. David Cohen meets an aerobics addict

Hotline exposes campus racism

The first comprehensive study of racism on Britain's college campuses has exposed the alarming rise of Islamic extremist groups which have targeted Jewish activists with death threats.

What lies at the bottom of chromosome 11?

Thanks to the efforts of two mothers, an international research team has tracked down the defective gene that causes a very rare disease. Ruth McKernan reports

The dirty tricks that were made in England

Scott Lucas on how a Labour government made propaganda war on Russians

Cuba cashes in on transplants

Fidel Castro's Cuban government tried to earn badly needed foreign currency by encouraging the transplant of brain tissue from still-warm foetuses to wealthy foreign victims of Parkinson's disease.

Surgeon turns her back on Castro's `brain trade'

Cuba's transplant industy: World-renowned neuro-surgeon in revolt over her country's use of foetal tissue to earn hard currency
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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
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