News archive from 13 March 2011, page 4

WEST HAM STRIKERS' DAY TO MAKE STOKE PAY

WEST HAM STRIKERS' DAY TO MAKE STOKE PAY

THE striking pair Stoke let get away could return to haunt them this afternoon. Carlton Cole and Demba Ba are raring to go in West Ham’s bid for FA Cup glory against a club that allowed both to slip from their grasp. If Stoke had persuaded Cole to...

 
Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells | Discover

Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells | Discover

It is unclear at exactly what point the phrase "stem cell" entered the vernacular, one of very few scientific terms that achieve the status of, say, DNA in not requiring a detailed explanation every time it is written down or spoken. Whether...

 
Kevin Nelson: 'Near-death experiences reveal how our brains work'

Kevin Nelson: 'Near-death experiences reveal how our brains work'

In the 19th century, scholar John Addington Symonds had a peculiar experience while under the influence of chloroform and laughing gas. He spoke of feeling near death, that his soul was aware of God, who streamed in like light upon him. "My whole...

 
Sergei Korolev: the rocket genius behind Yuri Gagarin

Sergei Korolev: the rocket genius behind Yuri Gagarin

It remains the one untarnished triumph of Soviet science. On 12 April 1961, a peasant farmer's son with a winsome smile crammed himself into a capsule eight feet in diameter and was blasted into space on top of a rocket 20 storeys high. One hundred...

 
Yehuda Duenyas's flight of fancy | Discover

Yehuda Duenyas's flight of fancy | Discover

Yehuda Duenyas, as a little boy, wanted to be able to fly. Who didn't? But the New York-based artist and director, now 37, also "wanted to design rides for Disneyland" – dual ambitions that have finally mashed together in a new installation...

 

Mystery bird: kakapo, Strigops habroptilus

Kakapo, Strigops habroptilus, also known as the owl parrot, photographed on a small island just off New Zealand. Image: Shane McInnes/National Geographic [velociraptorize]. Question: This stunning but rare species is so unusual that it is the only...

 
Liberal Democrat conference delegates enjoy a day of living quite dangerously

Liberal Democrat conference delegates enjoy a day of living quite dangerously

"Why did Nick Clegg cross the road? Because he said he wouldn't," said a placard bobbing in the crowd of protesters pressed against the ring of steel surrounding the Liberal Democrats' spring conference. This was supposed to have been a Day...

Guardian, 00:16 in Politics
 

Instead of fearing another Iraq, the west must do right by Libya | Andrew Rawnsley

Discussing with me what might be done to stop Colonel Gaddafi from slaughtering his people, a minister sighed: "It is all very difficult." So it is. How will it be done? Who will do it? On what authority? None of the diplomatic and military...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 

Petrol price: George Osborne pressed to cut VAT on fuel

George Osborne will come under fresh pressure to help motorists this week when Labour forces a Commons vote aimed at reversing the recent VAT rise on petrol. A week ahead of the chancellor's second budget, ministers are facing a chorus of demands for...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 

Greenpeace attacks government's plan to cut carbon emissions

Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport. Chris Huhne, the energy and climate secretary, said recently that "green" organisations such as...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 

NHS reforms: Listen to your party, Nick, or the voters will punish you

Yesterday's Liberal Democrat conference vote on the NHS reforms could mark a decisive moment both for the party and for coalitions. It offers the chance to influence government policy in a way never seen before, changing the way in which this and...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 
Half of pupils are being consigned 'to the scrapheap' by schools

Half of pupils are being consigned 'to the scrapheap' by schools

Half of all teenagers in England and Wales are being failed by secondary schools that focus on brighter children destined to go on to higher education, according to a damning new report from the thinktank Demos. The report, The Forgotten Half,...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 
Regional theatre cuts attacked by cast of British stars

Regional theatre cuts attacked by cast of British stars

A cast of stars from the first rank of British acting talent has sounded the alarm about the future of theatres in which many of them made their names. Funding cuts to regional and subsidised venues will halt the flow of skilled performers and damage...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics
 
CARLO ANCELOTTI HAILS ACE CECH

CARLO ANCELOTTI HAILS ACE CECH

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti rates Petr Cech as good as any keeper he has ever managed. And that is some accolade given ­Ancelotti worked with three of the game’s finest modern-day stoppers ­during his time in Italy. At Juventus, both Italian...

Daily Star, 00:18 in Sport
 
Careers advice cuts anger headteachers

Careers advice cuts anger headteachers

Ministers are depriving up to two million teenagers of careers advice at a time of rising youth unemployment and record competition for university places, headteachers have warned. The Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL), which...

Guardian, 00:18 in Politics
 


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