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Constitutional consequences of Scottish referendum will be complex and profound

The constitutional consequences of a yes vote in Scotland would have been momentous, leading to months – possibly years – of fraught negotiation with uncertain consequences. But the consequences of no for governance in the rest of the UK may, paradoxically, be even more complex and profound.<p>Since …

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British Jihadists 'Held Prisoner By Islamic State Militants After Saying They Want To Go Home'

Disillusioned British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to join Islamist fundamentalists are reportedly being punished after saying they …

Nigeria Boko Haram Kidnappings Four Months On: Will the Chibok Girls Ever be Found?

Four months ago Nigerian terror group Boko Haram kidnapped 220 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.<p>The mass kidnapping caught the attention of the …

How Serious a Threat Is ISIS?

U.S. officials say the extremist group could harm the homeland. But does the danger justify another military campaign in the Middle East?<p>It wasn’t much fun to be a journalist in the aftermath of the Iraq War. When it became clear that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, many Americans, …

What You Need To Know About The Solar Storm Headed For Earth

Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren’t sure how they’re going to impact each other.<p>The sun has been regurgitating a lot of solar flares these days, and now, a couple will be knocking at Earth’s door this weekend.<p>The originator of these flares is a …

Sanctions hit Russian oil and banks

Europe and the U.S. are trying to hit Russia's economy by restricting its access to Western finance, oil exploration technology and services, and arms.<p>Here are the most important companies and individuals now subject to Western sanctions, imposed over the crisis in Ukraine:<p><b>Companies</b><p><b>Rosneft:</b> …

So you think you know where babies come from?

It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it's not over yet<p>We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to …

Tony Abbott: Australia to send military force to fight Isis 'death cult'

Australia will send a military force to the United Arab Emirates to contribute to the US campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq.<p>In response to a formal request from the US for specific Australian defence force (ADF) capabilities, the prime minister, Tony Abbott, said …

From banking to teacakes: what happens if it's a yes in the referendum

<b>BANKING</b><p>If Thursday's vote is a yes, bank customers will want to know on day one if their money is safe and what currency an independent Scotland will use – even if, in reality, it would be 18 months before any real change. Bank of England governor Mark Carney is cutting short a trip to Australia, …

Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no lead - live

As far as today’s papers go, one story dominates: the Queen’s decision to intervene (sort of).<p>Here are some of the front pages.<p>In Scotland the Herald leads with the Queen’s “referendum plea”. The Scotsman splashes on “No referendum second chance warns Salmond” (although, if you listened to what he …

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers

Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.<p>Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a …

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Google's $145 Million Clean Energy Investment Puts Solar Atop Old Oil Field

Google just signed its 17th project related to renewable electricity generation: it’s putting $145 million into an 82 megawatt (MW) solar project being built by SunEdison.<p>The deal puts the Internet giant’s investment tab supporting clean power at more than $1.5 billion on three continents for a …

Superbugs meet their match in rapid genome sequencing

It was the first sign of trouble. Three babies on the special care ward at Rosie Hospital in Cambridge tested positive for the MRSA superbug. Fearing an outbreak of the dangerous organism, managers ordered a deep clean. Staff duly disinfected the ward and went back to work as normal. Four days …

The latest news on the ozone layer shows we can solve big environmental problems

Here’s a rare thing these day: Two pieces of good news on the environment in just one week.<p>A few days ago, we reported on how the population of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has bounced back to nearly where it was before whaling. Now there's news that the ozone layer is making a comeback of …

The world view of Scotland's vote: Russia turns blue, China sees red

Beyond the confines of Britain, the prospect of an independent Scotland has produced a mixture of confusion, astonishment, glee and horror.<p>India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, looked baffled when asked to comment on the possible break-up of the United Kingdom . "Break-up of the United Kingdom? …

Scottish independence: it’s a scandal that half of us are excluded from the vote

Scotland is not alone in finding Westminster unrepresentative, says Jeremy Paxman – it’s just that citizens in other parts of the UK don’t have a say<p>On Thursday, the English will discover what the Scots really think of them. Like the final row in a troubled marriage, it could be the event that …