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We tend to understand atheism as a war between religion and science - but in earlier times atheism was both more complex and more rich, says philosopher John Gray. In recent years we've come to think of atheism as an evangelical creed not unlike Christianity...
World War Two threw up many extraordinary characters. But even among this exalted company William Ash - the model for the character played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape - stands out, writes the author of a new biography, Patrick Bishop.
It's a scenario straight out of a Hollywood movie. A disaster too dangerous for humans to enter, so a robot must drive alone into the area, and do the dirty work of inspecting, repairing and clearing the site...
Smart homewares firm Nest has launched a camera that senses movement in a user's home and alerts them via a smartphone app. The camera will have a night vision mode and customers will be able to pay for their videos to be archived for up to 30 days, Nest said...
This may be Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War Two, but it is nothing compared to the challenges facing neighbouring countries in the Middle East. Take a look at the numbers in Turkey. In Jordan. In Lebanon...
European interior ministers and transport officials are due to hold emergency talks in Paris following last week's foiled gun attack on a train. The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says France wants tougher security measures after the incident on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris...
French police have arrested two men suspected of stealing safes from hotel rooms by posing as Gulf tourists. The thieves allegedly pretended to reception staff they were guests who had lost keys, in order to gain access to the rooms.
We were born naked, but no one shows you the way back. I’ve just paid my €8 and walked through the pedestrian gate at Cap d’Agde’s world-famous naturist resort in the south of France. What now? A stark forecourt stretches out imposingly ahead.
On 1 March 1987, thousands of runners took to the streets of Los Angeles for the annual city marathon, unaware that many of them were about to provide crucial evidence for a study that would inspire three decades of research into the relationship between exercise and the immune system.
Usain Bolt showed his dominance of men's sprinting at the athletics World Championship in Beijing this week with wins in the 100m and 200m. What's his secret? Is the way to win at sprinting to move your legs faster than your rivals do?...
The isolation experience, which will last a year starting on Friday, will be the longest of its type attempted. Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years.
Raiding the fridge or downing glasses of water after a night of heavy drinking won't improve your sore head the next day, Dutch research suggests. Instead, a study concluded, the only way to prevent a hangover is to drink less alcohol...
Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance that could tell us how to fine-tune its circuits.
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic, has died before he could be tried for child sex offences. Wesolowski, 66, was found dead in his rooms in Vatican City in front of the television, officials said.
The Silesian Nazi gold train legend has intrigued Poles for decades and caused many treasure hunts.
Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said images appeared to show a train equipped with gun turrets. Local legend says a Nazi train filled with gold, gems and guns went missing near the city in 1945.
In the 36 years that Adrian Fisher has been in business, he has created every kind of maze imaginable – from simple, head-high fields of maize to bewildering, hi-tech caverns with flashing lights and revolving mirrors.
When it comes to offering good customer service, many may argue that luxury watchmaker Gronefeld goes a little over the top. For whenever someone buys one of its timepieces, it likes to hand it over in person - no matter where the buyer is on the planet.
Louisiana's coastal wetlands are eroding - more than a football field of land is lost every hour. As the marsh erodes, homes, communities and the local Cajun culture are under threat. Paul Chiquet is not your typical librarian...

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