Food and health firms taken to task over sales pitches by science's 'warriors against claptrap'
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Nobel prize for discovery that led to mobiles and iPods
A group of scientists will today challenge some of the claims made in the marketing of products ranging from sandwiches and yoghurt to health spas and healing crystals. In a report highlighting the use of loosely worded scientific-sounding language, they call for 11 companies to justify their selling techniques.
The Nobel prize for physics was awarded yesterday for a discovery that sparked a boom in the information age.
TUESDAY 9. OCTOBER 2007
Ministers drop objection to mixed embryos
Leader: In praise of ... Sir Martin Evans
Plans to ban the creation of 'human-animal' embryos by mixing sperm and eggs from different species have been dropped by ministers in a rethink of fertility laws.
Vietnam, sea snakes and a suicide bid
Leader: Sir Martin Evans's discovery of embryonic stem cells has given scientists the key to treating a range of genetic conditions. His research method may not be universally popular but winners should be hailed, and youngsters taught about the difference they make.
Nobel prize for scientist who gave the world the knockout mouse
Swimming proved one of the few bright spots in genome pioneer Craig Venter's high school years. When he was drafted to serve in a frontline hospital, it was to offer him salvation, as he recounts in this second extract from his memoir.
New hope in search for Huntington's cure
A British scientist whose pioneering research led to the creation of legions of "knockout" mice that are genetically modified to develop human diseases was awarded a Nobel prize yesterday.
The buzzing of bees brings terror to the mighty African elephant
Scientists have made a breakthrough in the search for a cure for Huntington's disease. Hope for a future treatment has been raised by the discovery of a chemical that slows damage to the brain caused by the genetic disease.
The discovery that elephants fear bees could be used to aid crop protection in Africa.
MONDAY 8. OCTOBER 2007
Video: Ele-fright: Bee recording scares off elephants
Elephants never forget their fright of the humble bee
How the biggest land animal on the planet runs from one of the smallest - suggesting African farmers could use bees to protect crops.
British scientists awarded Nobel medicine prize
Researcher show thick-skinned African giants are afraid of a swarm's buzz, possibly from being stung as babies.
Methadone linked to big rise in Scottish drug deaths
Three people jointly awarded 2007 prize for work in embryonic stem cell research.
Taser stun guns used by police are safe, say US medical researchers
Scottish police forces recorded a dramatic rise in drug-related deaths last year, prompting fears that substance abuse is spiralling out of control.
Craig Venter: cracking the code to life
· More than 3,000 issued to British forces since 2004 · Study links injuries to number of shocks
Descendants to follow in Shackleton's footsteps
When Craig Venter announced that he was going to unravel the human genome, it sparked one of the most bitterly contested races in the history of science. Here, in an extract from his new memoir, he describes the acrimonious sprint to the finish.
Team aims to finish job ancestors began by reaching south pole 100 years later.
SUNDAY 7. OCTOBER 2007
Windscale radiation 'doubly dangerous'
Britain's worst nuclear accident, the Windscale fire in Cumbria, released twice as much radioactive debris as was previously thought.
SATURDAY 6. OCTOBER 2007
Bad science: The problem with herbalists
I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer
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.
Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
72-year-old sperm donor to father his own grandchild
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.
A 72-year-old man is due to become the father of his own "grandchild" by acting as a sperm donor for his daughter-in-law. The case is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
FRIDAY 5. OCTOBER 2007
In pictures: Ig Nobel prize 2007
Letter, Patrick Holford: Scientism not Science
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'
Car park meters can call for help
Colquhoun's attack on nutritional therapy (August 15th) as unscientific fails to address any actual points of science.
It's official: swallowing swords hurts your throat
A town is introducing "intelligent" car-park ticket machines which can automatically text for help if anyone attempts to break into or damage them.
· UK radiologist wins spoof Nobel prize for medicine· Study of the word 'the' captures literature award
THURSDAY 4. OCTOBER 2007
Herbalists' cocktails may do more harm than good, say researchers
· Call for individualised remedies to be banned· Little evidence to support claims of efficacy