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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

British scientists to create 'synthetic' blood

Human embryos will be used to make an unlimited supply for infection-free transfusions

Darwin's Sacred Cause, By Adrian Desmond and James Moore

Did Darwin develop his theory of evolution for use as a weapon in the fight against slavery?

Andrew Rowe: Europhile MP who served as aide to Edward Heath

Andrew Rowe was an intelligent and independent-minded Conservative who represented Mid Kent in Parliament from 1983 to 1987 and then fought and won the newly created and much more marginal seat of Faversham and Mid Kent despite the Labour landslide in 1997. He belonged to One Nation, The Tory Reform Group and Conservative Mainstream and found himself even more out of tune with William Hague’s Conservative Party than he had been with Margaret Thatcher’s. The nearest he came to office was his period as a PPS, first to Richard Needham from 1992-94, and then to Earl Ferrers (1994-95). A staunch Europhile, he had earlier acted as Edward Heath’s parliamentary aide (1984-87).

Vet forces Scots to consult Dr Cross

Perhaps it shouldn't happen to a vet, but then having chosen to pursue a professional life grinding away at the rugby union coal face rather than with his mitts stuck up a cow's backside, Euan Murray could only expect the kind of collateral damage that will keep him out of Scotland's Six Nations opener against Wales at Murrayfield on Sunday. The stand-out player for his country in the autumn, the Northampton Saint and fully qualified veterinarian has been sidelined by a popped rib. His place at tighthead prop will be taken by an international debutant who just happens to be a qualified doctor.

Rising Star: Jen Hadfield, poet

As the youngest winner of the T S Eliot Prize, at 30, Jen Hadfield is also a relative newcomer. The £15,000 cheque that she collected on Monday has previously been awarded to Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy and Ted Hughes – though never to Andrew Motion, the chair of this year's judges.

Rising Star: Lucy Moore, Historian

Brought up in Britain and the US, educated at Edinburgh University, historian Lucy Moore (born in 1970) first honed her narrative skills on the low-life underside of 18th-century society in books such as 'The Thieves' Opera' and 'Con Men and Cutpurses'. Chosen as one of the 'Independent on Sunday''s Top 20 young British authors in 2001, she won wide acclaim with two books about groups of women. 'Maharanis' followed the mixed fortunes of a quartet of Indian princesses and their families, while 'Liberty' told the stories of six women caught up in the French Revolution as it turned away from its ideals of gender equality. Published next month, her new book 'Anything Goes' is an especially well-timed history of the Roaring Twenties as the decade motored from hedonistic, high-spending boom to the bust of the Great Crash in 1929.

Quest for 'Big Bang' delayed by fault in Hadron Collider

Overheated magnets have delayed the next stage of the £5bn experiment to recreate the Big Bang, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have said.

Ian Rankin: 'This is my Ocean's Eleven'

Ian Rankin's first post-Rebus novel is an art-theft caper that paints his Edinburgh in new colours. Boyd Tonkin talks to him

So what the heck is a hadron?

The Large Hadron Collider: End of the world, or God's own particle?

A bewildered Cole Moreton goes in search of the science behind the spin

The Rev Andrew Ross: Missionary and Church historian

Andrew Ross was a distinguished missionary, academic scholar and university leader during an illustrious career that spanned several continents. Born into a coal-mining family in the Lothians of Scotland, he retained the commitment to family life, community, football and social justice that was instilled in him from his earliest days. All these he celebrated with a characteristic passion and infectious enthusiasm.

Manchester is Europe's self-harm capital

Manchester has the highest rate of self-harm in Europe, according to a study released today.

Thunder won't cloud rowers' belief

Thunder and lightning called off rowing at Shunyi today, causing semi-finals for three British lightweight crews to be postponed until Friday. There are high hopes that all of them will join the eight crews already lined up for finals tomorrow or on Sunday.

Top detective to review Dando case

A senior Scotland Yard detective was tonight given the go-ahead to review evidence in the Jill Dando case in an attempt to identify new leads.

Fab four ready to steer Kathy home

Oarsome foursome can give Grainger a fairytale ending by winning the first women's rowing gold for GB in the quadruple sculls
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Front National family feud?

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Pot of gold

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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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