Leave me your DNA … and I’ll 3D-print your face | Eleonore Pauwels

A new ethical dilemma: is it wrong to use people’s DNA ‘leftovers’ to create works of art (or for any other purpose)?Your DNA is as personal as you can get. It has information about you, your family and your future. Now, imagine it is used – without your consent – to create a mask of […]
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East Coast trains is on the wrong track with ticket fine

East Coast trains insisted on fining me, although it was a genuine mistakeI inadvertently boarded an East Coast train from London to Newark which was an hour earlier than the one I had booked. It’s a journey I regularly take, but I had had a harrowing experience that morning trying to help save a child’s […]
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UK signals support for EU import of Canadian tar sands oil

Leaked papers show UK rejects proposal to classify oil from tar sands as highly polluting, a label that would deter EU countries from importing itBritain has given its clearest signal yet that it wants to allow European countries to import carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Canada.Leaked papers seen by the Guardian show that in EU […]
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A vote for Ukip is neither radical nor anti-politics

To be truly anti-politics would be to refuse to be governed by our inferiorsMarx, without question, was right on the important issues. Groucho, not Karl. He said: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” None of this has seemed more true than in the […]
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5 things people get wrong about Ukip | Rob Ford

Think Ukip voters are obsessed with Europe? Think they only hurt the Tories? Time to lay some misconceptions to restFollowing its dramatic surge in the local elections, Ukip is the centre of media and political class attention. Several myths and misconceptions feature prominently amid the instant reaction and punditry. Here’s my take on five common […]
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If Boris Johnson is the answer to Ukip, Tories are asking the wrong question | John Harris

Cameron and his A-list have alienated swaths of voters. Until they understand how, Ukip will be the beneficiaryDon’t panic: a nice bit of policy will sort Ukip out. Voices on the Tory right urges not one EU referendum but two. Those close to government emphasise moves on prison “perks”, and items in this week’s Queen’s […]
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There’s nothing wrong with low-carbon policy that strong government can’t fix

Apocalyptic predictions are circulating about the size of electricity bills in 2030 if the move to green power goes ahead. There is no need for them to come trueThe UK’s energy policy is not “plausible” and a “crisis” is inevitable. That is the view of Peter Atherton, a respected utilities analyst who works for Liberum […]
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Boots removes gender signs for toys

High street pharmacy chain admits it was wrong to categorise toys for girls or boys, after shoppers accuse it of sexismThe high street pharmacy chain Boots has admitted it was wrong to use separate in-store signs labelling girls’ and boys’ toys – putting Science Museum-brand toys in the latter category – after shoppers took to […]
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Diary: Enemies; friends. Everyone falls out over Rupert | Hugh Muir

Documentary on the media mogul sparks more bad blood• There may be re-evaluation of Rupert Murdoch following Sunday’s examination of his record by the media expert Steve Hewlett. Forget everything you ever thought about the man, Hewlett said. Good? Bad? It’s complicated. Still, just talking about him seems to raise the temperature. And so it […]
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