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It should be a vintage year for the Edinburgh Science Festival, if the Malt Whisky Masterclass is anything to go by. The festival runs from 3rd to 17th April, hosting adults-only, big-name events—Richard Dawkins et al—as well as family extravaganzas. How they’ve shoehorned whisky into it is as much of a mystery as string theory, which will (allegedly) be explained by “The Rock Doctor” Mark Lewney, while riffing on a guitar: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

Ever since the philosopher Peter Singer asserted that an adult chimpanzee has a greater right to life than a newborn human, people have argued about whether homo sapiens…

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