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Al-Jabri won Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought 2008. - 12/02/2008

This year the Ibn Rushd Fund awards its prize to the great Moroccan Philosopher Mohammed Abed al-Jabri, one of the most brilliant thinkers of the modern Arab world. The prize was announced to be...

PM hits back over civil liberties - 12/02/2008

Gordon Brown has defended the use of CCTV, ID cards and the DNA database - saying they protect civil liberties. In a speech to the IPPR think tank, the prime minister said they helped ensure people's...

In 2050, your lover may be a ... robot - 12/02/2008

Netherlands (AFP) - Romantic human-robot relationships are no longer the stuff of science fiction -- researchers expect them to become reality within four decades. And they do not mean simply,...

Robot takes the pain and guesswork out of knee and hip replacements - 12/02/2008

British doctors have helped to create a surgical robot that will revolutionise treatment for the 160,000 people a year who are given a new knee or hip. The Sculptor robot enables surgeons to...

Death of 13-year-old prompts cyberbullying test case - 12/02/2008

A Missouri woman accused of creating a fictitious character on MySpace to cyberbully a 13-year-old neighbour who then committed suicide pleaded not guilty to federal charges at a Los Angeles court...

Are mobile phones wiping out our bees? - 12/02/2008

It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail. They...

Bird's-eye view: an exhilarating wildlife experience - 12/02/2008

It is, according to no less an authority than Sir David Attenborough, one of the most exhilarating wildlife experiences available to man: a sight on a par with the migration of the wildebeest across...

'Siren calls' tempt dolphins to their deaths - 12/02/2008

At least 21 dolphins died yesterday in the biggest mass stranding of marine animals in almost 30 years. A pod of 15 striped dolphins were the first to become beached after they swam up the Percuil...

He's black, and he's back! Private enterprise saves southern Africa's rhino from extinction - 12/02/2008

A pioneering scheme which allows private landlords to own and breed wild rhinoceroses has succeeded in bringing one of Africa's most majestic animals back from the brink of extinction, conservations...

Study Says Brains of Gay Men and Women Are Similar - 12/02/2008

Researchers using brain scans have found new evidence that biology—and not environment—is at the core of sexual orientation. Scientists at the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden report in the...
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