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'As long as we study life, it will be read': the Selfish Gene turns 40

In 1976 Richard Dawkins’s study of evolutionary theory became the first popular science bestseller. How do its ideas stand up today?<p>It’s 40 years since Richard Dawkins suggested, in the opening words of <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, that, were an alien to visit Earth, the question it would pose to judge our …

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Explore Mars' most detailed map ever

Detailed imaging of the surface of Mars from orbit has allowed space scientists to produce the most detailed geological map yet of part of the Red …

Man could set foot on Mars sooner than you think

NASA is hailing the launch of its new Orion capsule as a major step toward a manned mission to the Red Planet<p>Last week NASA hailed the launch of its new Orion capsule as the first step toward sending people to Mars. But is a manned mission to the Red Planet really doable?<p>“I liken it to the 1920s, …

India's Mars Orbiter Mission makes big breakthrough

A spectacular view of Arsia Mons, a huge volcano on Mars, produced by combining topography from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter with imagery from …

Science experiment would grow lettuce on Mars

A team of British students have a vision for what the future looks like on Mars and it involves lettuce.<p>Students from Southampton University are …

Revealed: Grim fate of the MI6 agents betrayed by George Blake

Agents betrayed by MI6 mole to the KGB mouldered for up to 17 years in East German prisons<p>He is the traitorous master spy who betrayed scores of British agents to the KGB in one of the greatest Soviet coups of the Cold War.<p>As a mole inside MI6, <b>George Blake</b>is known to have passed thousands of …

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Fla. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an …

Death in the city: How a lack of vultures threatens Mumbai's 'Towers of Silence'

Photograph: Dinodia Photos/Alamy<p>Mumbai’s 54-acre Doongerwadi was acquired bit by bit through bequests, purchase and exchange so as to provide a near forest to attract the scavenger …

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