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Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers

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Bad to the bone: Just what is the addictive appeal of 'Breaking Bad'?

As the final series is about to air Hugh Montgomery examines an unlikely candidate for mass adulation

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Sophie Kingscott, 24, and Mark Hook, 30, both from Bristol

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, By Richard Holmes

Now a weightless pastime, ballooning once made a solid contribution to science and to war

Sales soar as Eco City moves to front of the taxi rank

Eco City Vehicles, the supplier of the Mercedes Vito London taxi, took advantage of the fall into administration of its rival, Manganese Bronze, last year with sales of Vitos jumping from 331 vehicles to 561. It now claims four out of every 10 new cab sales in the capital.

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery, The Links Medical Practice in Mottingham, has been criticised for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill

Christian-run NHS surgery criticised for refusing to prescribe morning-after pill

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery has attracted criticism for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill to patients on grounds of conscience.

Coventry taps into mineral wealth for UK’s tastiest water

The debate about which British region boasts the tastiest tap water has finally been settled with an unlikely winner: it comes not from “hard” northern or “soft” southern waters but from the middle of Britain – in Coventry.

Geoffrey Streatfield, Emma Lowndes and Justine Mitchell in the National Theatre's 'Children of the Sun'

Theatre review: Children of the Sun, Lyttelton, NT

Maxim Gorky wrote this play while in prison in 1905 in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, the shameful episode in which the Imperial Guard turned fire on a peaceful, unarmed demonstration in Petersburg.

David Gates, Bark (middle), silver gelatin and bitumen on cardboard, on sub-frame, 60 x 59cm, 2013

Picture preview: The Rural College of Art by David Gates

David Gates is an image catcher. He hunts them down and fixes them to a point using pinhole photography and collage.

Video: Boris Johnson sews 'codpiece'

London Mayor Boris Johnson showed off his tailoring skills during a recent visit to a clothing factory in east London. Johnson sewed together two pieces of neon-coloured material which he described as a 'codpiece'.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Hit and Run (15)

David Palmer DVD/Blu-ray (100mins)

DVD: The Hour: Series 2 (15)

Dominic West's caddish news anchor, Hector, dominates Abi Morgan's still enjoyable 1950s-set drama.

Page 3 Profile: Dr Peter Wothers, chemist

A stuffy academic?

Trust your instincts... or the doctors?

Sally Roberts has a stark choice but Karen Attwood, who also has a child in chemotherapy, says you have to believe that the experts know best

Ian Skelly, Cut from a Star (Watertown)

Former Coral drummer-turned-multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ian Skelly's solo debut was apparently inspired by a fevered hallucination. Small wonder, then, that it has a slightly miasmic, blurry texture and heady sound that harks back to the late-Sixties heyday of British psychedelia. "Cut from a Star" suggests what Pink Floyd might have sounded like augmented with Roy Wood's cellos; and spangly guitar arpeggios, flute and mellotron make "Paper Sky" a real throwback to the Summer of Love. Elsewhere, "Caterpillar" –doubtless smoking a hookah – gradually submerges beneath extraneous found-sounds, while Skelly's pastoral harmonies are best employed on the wyrd-folk-rock of "Nickel and a Dime".

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