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Rhodes Must Fall campaigners barking up the wrong tree

If trustees of the UCT fund have "blood on their hands" because of investment in Lonmin then so must trustees of all pension funds similarly invested.

Studies all can access and apply

The UK will make publicly funded studies open to all.

Mankind responsible for 70% of radical Arctic ice melt

A study has found only 30% of radical loss of the Arctic's ice is due to natural variability in the Atlantic, and it will probably get worse.

Politics & scandal: From ‘sit down’ to ‘step aside’

While disgraced officials may resign, firing them is tricky. SA's parties are trying to come up with ways to deal with those who try to brazen it out.

The fine art of the Neanderthals

Several times in the past 10 years scientists have had to rewrite the textbooks on Neanderthals, the last species of human to go extinct.

The beauty of the very best ideas

World's leading thinkers write on what impresses them -- from Darwinism to the concept of 'deep time'

US moon base needs money to move beyond dreams

In the latest tell-people-what-they-want-to-hear speech on the election circuit, Newt Gingrich made a remarkable promise: he wants a moon base.

Celebrity sense and nonsense

The pseudo-scientific utterances of famous stars are often dangerously misleading or just wrong.

New sea creatures found living in extreme conditions

Scientists exploring underwater vents near Antarctica have found a world of creatures thriving in temperatures of 400C°.

Light-beating neutrinos stun scientists

Scientists have reacted with cautious shock to results that showed that certain subatomic particles can travel faster than light.

Caffeine boost for sunscreen

Scientists have worked out how caffeine might offer protection against some skin cancers, a finding that could lead to better sunscreens.

Expecting? Sleep on your left — just in case

Mothers who sleep on their backs or right-hand sides the night before giving birth are twice as likely to have a stillborn child.

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