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Earth Hour 2015: millions will turn off lights and electricity to fight climate change. Will you?

As WWF encourages everyone to switch off for one hour, it's time to think about how the 7m tonnes of food we waste fits in. If we stopped throwing it away, it'd be the equivalent of taking a quarter of the world’s cars off the road

How to make breakfast the best meal of the day

We’ve come a long way from a soggy bowl of Rice Crispies

Mindfulness meditation is big business in London's Square Mile

Advocates say mindful meditation focuses the mind and boosts concentration, therefore boosting productivity. But it has been criticised for abandoning the spiritual premise behind it for secular gain, as Siobhan Norton reports

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015: 20 years on and sales are slipping, have we forgotten about ethical eating?

Fairtrade supports better prices, worker conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers all over the world. The reason the end product is more expensive is to directly keep the price high at source

A man farms roses in Kenya

The environmental impact of our hunger for Valentine's roses

70 per cent of the roses sold in the UK market come from Kenya

Aphrodisiacs: 10 best foods to get you in the mood

Is there any truth in the libido-boosting claims, or are all the theories as limp as a lettuce leaf?

The top food claims sought in a UK poll were 'healthy' and 'low fat.'

The low-fat myth: How we fell for the diet hype

Butter is in and sugar is out, but does anyone really know the full story?

The power of protein: It's not just for bodybuilders

It’s estimated that by 2017, the world will be spending £8bn a year on shakes and bars

Food secrets: the good, the bad...and the faeces

Fun facts for sparkling dinner party conversation (although perhaps some facts shouldn’t be enjoyed with food...)

Vaginas have become the new talking point, as the labiaplasty and 'vagacials' are on the rise

When did vaginas become such a beauty issue?

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War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?