For half a century the Big Bang theory has dominated attempts to explain the origin of the Universe. It is now being discredited by 16 billion year old stars. John Maddox explains the new crisis in...
Virginia Bottomley was right to refuse a new Cardiff Opera House. Money, says Edward Pearce, should go to performers not buildings
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