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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme ...

Paxman vs Brand – full interview

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Paxman vs Brand – full interview

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With heartfelt thanks to the BBC, we republish this astonishing interview! I think Russell Brand might just have started a revolution! Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand about voting, revolution an...

Cellular ‘shipping’ wins Nobel Prize

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Cellular ‘shipping’ wins Nobel Prize

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Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology after discovering how cells precisely transport material. James Rothman and Randy Schekman, both from the US, and Thomas Sudhof, from Germany, shar...

Kevin McCloud’s Cowley development approved in U-turn

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Kevin McCloud’s Cowley development approved in U-turn

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Plans for eco-flats in Oxford led by TV presenter Kevin McCloud have now been recommended for approval. Councillors at Oxford City Council voted to grant the plans at a meeting on Wednesday. They were previously turn...

Mysterious Voynich manuscript has ‘genuine message’

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Mysterious Voynich manuscript has ‘genuine message’

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The message inside "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript" has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century. And for many, the so-called Voynich book is assumed to be a hoax. ...

Deer joins Suffolk sheep in Dunwich and Orford Ness

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Deer joins Suffolk sheep in Dunwich and Orford Ness

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A young red deer has joined a flock of sheep on the Suffolk coast and seems to have been adopted. The deer appears to have lost his herd and joined 100 sheep which graze on National Trust land at Dunwich Heath and O...

India’s mobile phone firms turn to green power

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India’s mobile phone firms turn to green power

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Thanks to India's erratic power supplies, over 60% of telecom masts currently rely on diesel generators, says the BBC's Shilpa Kannan Nearly a billion people use mobile phones in India and a network of broadcast mas...

Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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A museum dedicated to electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla is set to be built, after The Oatmeal website exceeded a target of raising $850,000. Launched less than a week ago, the campaign was set up to buy Tesla's old ...

New York to London in an hour – by train

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New York to London in an hour – by train

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You could call it a pipe dream. That’s how the BBC refers to it on its website, where a feature story reports that one day soon, trains traveling through vacuum tunnels could whisk passengers from New York to Lon...

US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation's banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said. The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the T...

Make the climate debate about bills – not bears

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Make the climate debate about bills – not bears

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By - Caroline Flint MP of guardian.co.uk "To build public support, we have to speak about climate change in a way that addresses concerns about prices, jobs and security" I have a simple rule of thumb for everyt...

Radical dune project to save fen orchids

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Radical dune project to save fen orchids

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Will a pioneering project to reshape sand dunes that are home to a stronghold of fen orchids and other rare plants and invertebrates, protect or destroy the habitat? Tearing up a four hectare area of a Special Area...

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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When Ko Ko Gyi arrived at Rangoon airport the crowd had been waiting several hours and rushed to greet him. People almost jumped on him, shouting, cheering, thronging him, calling out his name. Ko Ko Gyi is one of...

Last Cold War-era B53 nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

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Last Cold War-era B53 nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

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The last of America's most powerful Cold War-era nuclear bombs - the B53 - has been dismantled in Texas. Experts have separated around 300lb (136kg) of high explosives from the bomb's uranium "pit". Weighing 10,00...

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced. He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council. ...

Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight. Cataract, which is the clouding of the cryst...

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests. The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the mu...

‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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Vietnam is setting up a nature reserve to protect one of the world's rarest animals - an antelope-like creature called the saola. It intends to create a 160sq/km (61 sq/mile) area in the central province of Qu...

Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more genes which increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease have been identified, scientists say. It takes the number of identified genes linked to Alzheimer's to 10 - the new genes affect three bodily...

China tops global clean energy table

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China tops global clean energy table

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China remains the world's leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, a global study has shown. The table, published by the US Pew Environment Group, showed that the Chinese invested $54.4bn (£34.1bn) in 2010,...