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Women bishops – at last

All liberals, of whatever political persuasion, will welcome the news that the barriers to appointing women bishops in the Church of England have now …

Iain Duncan Smith: the minister who is too crap to sack!

Collective head scratching at how <b>Iain Duncan Smith has managed to keep his job at DWP</b>. Two theories are doing the rounds. First: his special adviser …

Southern Australia faces water crisis by end of century due to climate change

A predicted 40% decline in rainfall in southern Australia could mean that the West Australian capital, Perth, will have to rely on alternative sources of water in future, a new climate change research paper warns.<p>The study, led by an academic at the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …