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Around 1,000 activists descended today on a stretch of open land in London after the location of the week-long Climate Camp was finally revealed.

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Test breakthrough in mice could provide clues to treatment for humans

The secret life of sperm is unlocked

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Birthday rivalry on the high street

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Family berate murder suspect's parents

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Injuries on Kercher's body 'consistent with attack by more than one person'

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Amanda Knox, the woman accused of killing British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, played and joked with her boyfriend only hours after the murder, a court heard today.

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A University has been forced to apologise to one of its graduate students after it accidentally threw away a bag of rare lizard excrement which had taken him five years to collect.

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