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Thursday 16th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

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Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
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Thursday 16th July 2015
Thursday 11th June 2015

On the verge of a new dawn in physics and astronomy

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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Einstein's theory of general relativity. With remarkable timing, the dedication ceremony of the Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Project was held on 19 May.
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Thursday 11th June 2015
Thursday 14th May 2015

Ebola crisis: How a small backpack of equipment is helping combat the deadly virus

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,000 victims, with 26,500 reported cases. It is by far the largest and most lethal Ebola outbreak ever seen.
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Thursday 14th May 2015
Thursday 2nd April 2015

'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

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The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Yet, among palaeontologists the Triassic is renowned, and with good reason.
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Thursday 2nd April 2015
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