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New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Richard Donovan: the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days

A quick beer lifted ultra-runner to success

An Irish ultra runner has revealed a bottle of beer helped him become the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days.

Scott's lost photos of Antarctica are bought for nation

The last photographs taken by Captain Robert Scott on his doomed journey to the South Pole have been bought for the nation in time for today's centenary of the expedition.

Herbert Ponting's 1911 photo of an Antarctic grotto

Ben Fogle: Scott died embodying the spirit of real risk

The View From Here

Deception Island: Here, the remains of a whaling station lie on an active Antarctic volcano

Polar Holidays: Follow in the tracks of Captain Scott

Chris Leadbeater looks at some ice-cool trips to mark the centenary of the explorer's epic journey

(Front, left to right) Will Dixon, Neil Heritage, Rory Mackenzie; (back) Carl Anstey, Ed Janvrin, Alex Mackenzie

Outside Edge: Awesome oarsmen in deep trouble

Everybody's doing tests of endurance these days. Am I being left behind?

Herbert Ponting's 'End of the Barne Glacier' (1911)

The icemen cometh

An exhibition of photographs charting the journeys of Scott and Shackleton across Antarctica are the finest of their type ever produced

Romero spent Christmas at the South Pole, thus avoiding Santa

Outside Edge: For Romero, the only way is down

One day I really must go abroad at Christmas and get away from it all.

JORDAN ROMERO: The climber reached the top of Vinson Massif on Christmas Eve

Top achievement – but did boy peak too soon?

Fifteen-year-old scales highest point on each continent but purists are not impressed

Tall tales for tots or teens: The year's best books for young readers

My Day: Bathtime (Orchard, £4.99) is a board book that looks tough enough to survive even in the bath itself. Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe, its final page includes a small mirror, perfect for all self-admiring babies. Yawn (Walker, £9.99) follows on nicely, with a text by Sally Symes and pictures by Nick Sharratt concentrating on one massive yawn, pictured on each page by a large hole. Read in the evening, it will surely drop a none too subtle hint that sleep is the next logical stage. But perhaps not before a few shared nursery rhymes from The Cat and the Fiddle (Frances Lincoln, £12.99). Illustrated by Jackie Morris, this is the latest in a line of beautifully produced anthologies stretching back to the days of Kate Greenaway.

Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts of Russian fishing ship Sparta

Desperate race to save Russian fishing crew adrift in Antarctic

Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts as appeal goes out to any ships in the area to help

Russian ship stranded near Antarctica

A Russian fishing vessel with 32 crew members is taking on water near Antarctica, and heavy sea ice is hampering rescue attempts.

Sixteen-year-old Amelia, who last Friday became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole

Amelia makes it to the South Pole

After a record-breaking Antarctic trek, 16-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams (and her dad) checked in with Joanna Moorhead

Intrepid: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, photographed eight months before he reached the South Pole 100 years ago in January

Everybody loves a winner, but we like a trier even more

Could the British still summon the stoicism of Captain Scott, asks Harry Mount

North star: Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen

A winter's tale in Norway: Explore the wilds of Roald Amundsen's homeland

It is certainly a house, its wooden frame, painted in soft hues of white and blue, perched prettily in its waterside setting. But I am not convinced, as I open its creaking front door, that it was ever a home – at least, not in the idea of a welcoming shelter from the storm.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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