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There is a species of parasitic wasp called Glyptapanteles, found in Central and South America, which is able to manipulate caterpillars into doing its bidding.
It is now the morning after and Scotland has voted No to becoming an independent country. Around 55% of the population voted to stay in the UK.
Scotland I owe you a big apology.
My memories of politics in the 1980s, when I was not old enough to reach the dining table let alone vote, are hazy.
Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s independence referendum vote, Scotland must get to grips with high levels of poverty in the country, says Julia Unwin.
In the sixteenth century the residents of Autun in France took the local rat population to court – charging them with “having feloniously eaten up and wantonly destroyed the barley-crop of that pro
By SNP Energy Minister Fergus Ewing
By Labour Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex
Usually a few days away from the office means arriving back at your desk out of touch with no idea what’s been going on.
In years to come, when people are dissecting the referendum result, one of the biggest questions will no doubt revolve around how it hinged on a term that sounded so much like the title of a crap g
Gordon Brown must be raging.
Hippos, famously, kill more people every year in Africa than crocodiles do. Though that’s not as many people as people do.
Eberhard Schaaf, a physician from Aachen, Germany, was 61 when he died trying to do a clean-up on Mount Everest.
A point of pride for anybody who has been campaigning for a Yes vote for any length of time is that Scotland has reached this point with not one drop of blood spilled.
Who knows what the chicken that laid the egg was thinking. Was it a nationalist chicken, intent on laying a pro-independence freedom-range egg? Or an MI5 plant?
There is a tourist attraction in the US, known as ‘the most photographed barn in the world.’
The pro-union campaign seems to have outdone itself, with mockery over its latest advert going viral.
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond may have both now completed the ice bucket challenge but tonight’s debate still looks to be a pretty heated affair.
Scottish independence is often seen as offering a kind of peaceful revolution – a chance to clear out the cobwebs and the corruption of Westminster.
Young contributor Nicholas Mairs tackles the engagement of the youth vote
Yes supporters often suggest there is a concerted campaign working against them. Which of course there is – called Better Together.
It is always slightly worrying to see an economic recovery hailed as a ‘miracle’ – rather than the result of a conscious, rational strategy.
The dust has settled and there seems to be widespread agreement that Alex Salmond took a beating in his televised debate with Alistair Darling.
Things are quiet… too quiet. At least as far as the political media is concerned.
After months of debate, the referendum campaign has finally crossed a line – for our councils at least.
Just last week the Conservatives lodged a motion in Parliament on the tone of the independence debate, calling on
The power of film
Both sides of the referendum debate have aired their campaign adverts, and both make an impassioned plea to think of the children. What would the Mad Men make of them?