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Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

Did the Curiosity rover stumble across a lizard?...or a rock?

One giant leap for reptiles: Have alien-hunters found a lizard on Mars?

While studying pictures of Mars sent back to Earth by the Curiosity rover, a Japanese alien-enthusiast spotted something between the endless plain of rocks spread out on the screen in front of him. Could it really be? Is that a… lizard?

Chris Hadfield comes back down to earth: Star of Twitter, Bowie fan, and International Space Station astronaut returns

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Sandé and 'Les Mis' help albums to reverse sales decline

Downloads of albums by Emeli Sandé and the cast of the film version of Les Misérables have boosted music sales for the first time in over three years.

Neville Neville (left), seen here with his son Gary Neville, has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault

Gary and Phil Neville's father arrested over alleged sexual assault

Neville Neville is a well-known former cricketer and sports agent

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973

David Bowie exhibition V&A's fastest-selling event with 47,000 pre-sales

An exhibition celebrating David Bowie's career has become the Victoria & Albert Museum's fastest-selling event.

The cover art for David Bowie's The Next Day uses a font of wisdom

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David Bowie released the single on his 66th birthday

Previously unseen David Bowie footage to be aired for the first time

Unseen footage of David Bowie from the past 40 years will be included in a new documentary about the reclusive rockstar.

My Fantasy Band: Adam Green

'Garfield's a cool cat. He'd play the saxophone really well...'

Excess noise but no L-plates on my first ever hen party

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Where Are We Now? David Bowie set to miss out on place Official Singles Chart

David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.

David Bowie producer says 'melancholy' release is 'very different' from new 'rock album'

Tony Visconti, who spent two years working with Bowie on impending album The Next Day, speaks of his surprise over the release of "Where are we now?"

Veteran music star David Bowie has today broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade

A new single for David Bowie, but I fear time has caught up with the thin white duke

He made his name(s) through constant self-reinvention; this fresh material, however, feels perilously close to a retread

Matilda Battersby: I fear time has caught up with the thin white duke

I once offended someone famous by asking how it felt to be a national treasure. My (admittedly rather limp) line of questioning was met with an alarmed, and evidently miffed, response from an interviewee who said she didn't see herself that way.

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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