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Just when British astronomers thought it was safe to go back into the sky… Plus, the discovery of tiny bones in Micronesian caves sends hobbit-watchers into a flap
Philip Ball  

Lab report

Could the move of a infectious disease research lab to King's Cross bring the risk of virus leakage to central London? Plus is British science finally acquiring commercial nous?
Philip Ball  

Lab report

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority was wise to approve human-animal hybrid cells for research. Plus, Craig Venter's genome and mining the moon
Philip Ball  

Lab report

It is only right that big energy companies should help fund research into low-carbon alternatives, whatever the environmentalists say. Plus, South Korea's ethical robots
Philip Ball  

John Krebs

The scientist who steered the Food Standards Agency through a turbulent five years on the role of experts in a hyperdemocratic age, openness in public life, and what the state can do to prevent obesity
Alun Anderson  

A fictitious Bacon

Terence Kealey's essay on Francis Bacon was a misunderstanding of practically everything about the founder of modern science—from his views on progress to his predilection for S&M and torture
Pete Langman  

Bacon’s shadow

Francis Bacon invented the idea of progress 400 years ago. He also claimed that technology grew out of science and that science should be funded by the state. Both claims are still influential—but wrong
Terence Kealey  

Radiation works

Part of the anti-nuclear case is based on the false, official view that all exposure to radiation is harmful. Small quantities are good for you
Dick Taverne  

Safety quacks

The Stewart inquiry into mobile phones shows the danger of taking public fears over science too seriously
Dick Taverne