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SUNDAY 7. OCTOBER 2007



SATURDAY 6. OCTOBER 2007


Bad science: The problem with herbalists

Ben Goldacre: Huge numbers of bioactive compounds extracted from plants are used today in medical practice, including even common stuff like aspirin. There is little difference between herbal medicine and medicine in terms of what is used, only in how it is used.

Gene genie

Any day now Craig Venter - geneticist, yachtsman and Vietnam veteran - will announce that he has achieved one of the greatest feats in science: the creation of artificial life. He talks to Ed Pilkington.


FRIDAY 5. OCTOBER 2007


In pictures: Ig Nobel prize 2007

Cambridge, Masachusetts, October 5 2007: Last night saw the presentation of the Ig Nobel awards 2007. Awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the prizes recognise 'achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think'


THURSDAY 4. OCTOBER 2007



WEDNESDAY 3. OCTOBER 2007


Zoological Society of London

"The photo album of the Zoological Society of London, which has been running London Zoo for almost 180 years, will become accessible online for the first time today. Photographs of the historic zoo dating from the 19th century through to astonishing images of the present day can be viewed at www.zsl.org/printstore, bringing the Zoo’s history to life through the web."


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FRIDAY 28. SEPTEMBER 2007


Grape genes outscore humans

French and Italian researchers have decoded the genome of the pinot noir grape, a breakthrough that could one day lead to the engineering of pest-resistant strains or - more controversially - new varieties and flavours of wine.