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Wild about its diversity

Africa is about vast proportions and exciting diversity. Covering almost 30 million sq km or more than one-fifth of the earth's land surface, it is the world#8217;s second largest continent.


The bull in myth and fact

Astronomy with D.J. BATZER


Recapturing Iraq’s treasures

Universities in the United States are using computers to create a virtual museum and catalogue of Iraq's archaeologial treasures, reports of REBECCA TROUSON.

Other Sport

Passarella gets it right with Monterrey

Former Argentina coach and captain Daniel Passarella silenced his critics at the weekend by leading Monterrey to the Mexican championship semi-finals for the first time in seven years.


Tale of a word freak

STEFAN Fatsis has a way with the English language and its lexicon. There is no doubt about that when you read his book I>Word Freak Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players/I>.


Italian satellite plunges right into Pacific Ocean

All fragments of the Italian-made Bepposax satellite have entered the earth#8217;s atmosphere and plunged into the Pacific Ocean near the Galapagos and Kiribaki islands Wednesday.


Blast from the past

The new space vehicle to replace the ageing space shuttles may be retro rather than avant-garde, reports RALPH VARTABEDIAN.


The good-read way to learn



Vital scent

ESCADA#8217;S Sentiment pour Homme is refreshing and gentle yet #8220;daring#8221;. The combination of unusual ingredients, green accords and musky, woody notes gives it a tender masculine scent.


Whatever makes the US grate

DBC Pierre#8217;s first novel is a blistering satire of the United States through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy. The British author talks to JASPER REES.