Performers are seen during preparations for Chinese New Year in Chinatown

Exit the Dragon, enter the Snake! It's Chinese New Year

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Snake – and the capital is hosting what the Greater London Authority claims is the largest celebration outside Asia.

The real(ish) science behind horoscopes

Martha Gill has written a fascinating piece in the New Statesman today, collating the scientific evidence for personality differences based on birth month into a set of alternative horoscopes. And there's plenty more where that came from ...

Portfolio: Grace Kim

It looks for all the world like a scene from the Nativity, missing only three kings to wander across the snowy fields with their gifts for the Christ-child. For all the world, at least, is right: like Father Christmas, the New York-based photographer Grace Kim traversed the globe to create the single shot here.

In this picture released by American magician Wayne Houchin, Dominican TV presenter Franklin Barazarte, left, reacts as Houchin's head burns while taping

Bizarre 'stunt' leaves magician badly burnt after Dominican Republic TV host doused him with flammable cologne and set fire to him

Wayne Houchin, 29, was appearing on a show called Closer To The Stars when the guest host, Franklin Barazarte, abruptly doused the magician's head with 'Agua de Florida,' a flammable cologne used in religious rituals

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The black hole makes up an enormous 14 per cent of the galaxy's mass

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Epsom hero Camelot headlines Ireland's innovative evening Derby

Camelot's Classic sweep faces being bogged down

Today's Irish Derby will be no easy addition to Ballydoyle star's CV in heavy Curragh going

Committed 'to a life steeped in appreciation of energy in its myriad forms': Jenkins in 2005

Paul Jenkins: Painter whose art brimmed with the energy of life

The American artist Paul Jenkins, whose unorthodox application of paint by an alchemy of pouring techniques brought him association with the great Abstract Expressionists, has died in New York City at the age of 88. Born in a lightning storm in Kansas City in 1923, he started as he meant to go on, enjoying a somewhat epic life which found friendship with luminaries such as Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning et al, whose support of him was as noteworthy for its affection as for its endurance – a distinction not always granted to artists at the top of the pile.

Diets: Follow the stars and lose weight (constellations, not celebs)

You're carrying a bit of weight round your middle. I can see a Mars bar in your bag and I can tell from a glance that your BMI is waaaay off. Don't tell me – you must be a Gemini.

UK 'saturated' by light pollution

The UK's night skies are still "saturated" with light pollution, campaigners warned today after a survey suggested half the population cannot see many stars.

Jean-Pierre Delord, Bugarach's mayor, with a postcard of a UFO hovering over a local peak

Hippies head for Noah’s Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship

Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December's apocalypse

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Murder!.

Constellations, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

Not since Mike Bartlett's Cock, so to speak, have I been so exhilarated by a new play premiered at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs. 

Deborah Ross: In April, you will meet a tall dark stranger – in overalls

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