How did life on Earth begin?
Astrobiologist Paul Davies's theory on this age-old conundrum is more radical than most - that life started elsewhere in the solar system and travelled to our planet in a meteorite - but his case is corroborated by some serious scientific evidence.
Ben Anderson concludes his adventures along Africa's west coast, where modern-day states live with a legacy of slavery, colonial carve-ups and horrific civil wars. In the impoverished Ivory Coast he finds a basilica taller than the Vatican, while in Benin voodoo is flourishing and a huge oil spill in Nigeria's delta has blighted the land. See Monday choice.
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