A private consortium of genetics and computer firms has announced plans to trump the deciphering of the human "book of life" by mapping and selling a molecule-by-molecule blueprint of the human body's deepest workings.
Astronomers from the University of Leicester have solved the centuries-old mystery of alchemy - how base metals can be turned to gold - by showing that heavy precious metals can form from lighter elements when dense stars collide.
Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh is taking legal advice after apparently being gazumped at the last minute by the Royal Bank of Scotland for a prime development site near the city's airport.
Man could return to the Moon to set up a permanent base by 2007 at half the cost of building the International Space Station, Paul Pudis of Nasa's Lunar Planetary Institute in Houston has said. ( Daily Telegraph , Times )
Children with high IQs have a better chance of a long life than their less able classmates, a study has found. ( Guardian , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph )
Women who wear shoes with broad high heels, such as court shoes, are running at least as much risk of developing crippling osteoarthritis in the knee as those who wear stilettos, according to new research. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Financial Times , Daily Mail, Times )
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