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Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” whereby between 65% and 90% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. We have a report from our science editor Tom Feilden, and Professor Mark...

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The sailor who won't give up

February 22nd, 2017

The winner in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race, Armel Le Cléac'h, crossed the line more than one month ago but there are still a few boats yet to finish. One of them is Foresight Natural Energy, whose skipper Conrad Colman was in 10th place and in the home stretch when his boat lost its mast in strong winds. Refusing to quit he's...

On this week's Meet the Author Christopher de Bellaigue talks to James Naughtie about his new book The Islamic Enlightenment. The theme of the book is a modern struggle between faith and reason in which history meets one of our great contemporary crises.

The United Nations' children's agency Unicef is warning that almost one-and-a-half million children are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia. UN assistant secretary general Justin Forsyth tells Sarah Montague the problem is largely the result of conflict and war. (Image: Mother and child in Juba. Credit: Reuters)