So Mr Spielberg, would you like to open the bidding for this delightful bit of rock?
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Race row professor resigns from laboratory post
As a way of meeting your maker, this one at least had the benefit of originality. On October 15 1972, a farmer in Trujillo, Venezuela, heard a sonic boom in the sky. The next day he discovered a cow lying dead in the field, its neck and shoulder pulverised. The bemused farmer found a boulder lying nearby, which he took away to use as a doorstep.
The edge of oblivion: conservationists name 25 primates about to disappear
The DNA pioneer James Watson retired yesterday from his post as chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York state.
Biofuel plantations, logging and hunting are stealing habitats from our closest relatives, says report.
THURSDAY 25. OCTOBER 2007
China flexes muscle in space race with launch of lunar explorer
Sarfraz Manzoor on a new documentary that tells the story of the Apollo moon landings in unprecedented detail
· Beijing to put astronaut on moon by 2020
· Military implications of mission concern US
No case for earlier abortion limit, MPs told
A new documentary tells the story of the Apollo moon landings in unprecedented detail. Sarfraz Manzoor hears how its makers tracked down the surviving astronauts.
Return to GMT gets sleepers back in step
The public health minister defended the 24-week limit for abortions in front of a committee of MPs yesterday.
Twins born after new fertility treatment
The return to GMT this Sunday may help us get back in tune with the natural rhythm of night and day, according to research by German academics.
· IVM uses fewer drugs and is cheaper than IVF
· Five pregnancies achieved with 'safer' technique
WEDNESDAY 24. OCTOBER 2007
Video: Discovery lift off
Too many abortions: Lord Steel
U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral for a 14-day mission.
Lord Steel, architect of the 1967 Abortion Act, says today that abortion is being used as a form of contraception in Britain and admits he never anticipated 'anything like' the current number of terminations when leading the campaign for reform.
TUESDAY 23. OCTOBER 2007
Space shuttle Discovery launched
The space shuttle Discovery successfully launched today despite last-minute concerns about a chunk of ice discovered on its fuel tank.
Science adviser backs selective badger culls
Letters: Breast cancer is talked about openly now, but it has always been there ('We've had war, we've had plagues, but never this...', G2, October 22). In the late 60s I started my nurse training. Breast cancer sufferers, young ones among them, did not have the benefit of the drugs or screening of today, and often endured highly invasive surgery as well as radiotherapy.
· Killing wild animals 'can limit spread of cattle TB'
· Comments contradict independent report
MONDAY 22. OCTOBER 2007
Madeleine Bunting: Scientists have a new way to reshape nature, but none can predict the cost
Brussels lifts threat to MRI scans
Madeleine Bunting: Synthetic biologists say their technology could tackle climate change and feed the hungry, but its dangers are terrifying.
Lifespan gene in mice could help restrict old age diseases
Scientists have welcomed the European Commission's decision to drop new rules that would have outlawed the use of MRI scanners in hospitals and medical research laboratories by next year.
Shuttle safety fears mar big moment for female astronauts
Scientists have found a gene that regulates lifespan in mammals which could one day lead to treatments to hold off ageing and its related illnesses such as Alzheimer's, cancer and heart disease.
Johnjoe McFadden: A shameful history
· Flight goes ahead despite cracks in thermal shield
· Two missions commanded by women for first time
Johnjoe McFadden: Like the eugenicists of the early 20th century, James Watson betrays his fear of a changing world.
SUNDAY 21. OCTOBER 2007
Focus: Disgrace: How a giant of science was brought low
Henry Porter: James Watson's views are hateful. But so is the attempt to deny him a voice
Nobel Prize winner James Watson has flown home to America with the taunts of his critics ringing in his ears. But should he have been shunned after his explosive remarks on race?
Henry Porter: The repellent views of people such as geneticist James Watson should be countered by argument, not by more repressive laws.
SATURDAY 20. OCTOBER 2007
Bad science: Threats - the homeopathic panacea
Gene science pioneer scraps UK lecture tour after race row
Dr Andy Lewis runs a website called Quackometer; he criticised the Society of Homeopaths in no uncertain terms. In his opinion, they do not enforce their own "code of practice" (you're not even allowed to imply you can cure a named disease!); it is a figleaf; and they fail to censure their members over dangerous claims.
· Decision follows London and Bristol cancellations
· Professor attempts to defend remarks in article
FRIDAY 19. OCTOBER 2007
Injections to boost fertility may be waste of time, experts warn
Letter: Witnesses must declare interests
· Women better off being fast-tracked to IVF
· Drug adds to cost and increases risks
Letters: Your article (Abortion inquiry asks scientists to disclose links to faith groups, October 15) reported fears of infiltration into the evidence and witness list by the Christian Medical Fellowship in the science and technology select committee inquiry into the scientific issues impacting on abortion law.
THURSDAY 18. OCTOBER 2007
MPs call for 'minister of the seas'
Marine science in Britain is underfunded and uncoordinated despite the vital role played by oceans in the planet's wellbeing, MPs warn in a report today.