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The 50 Best Autumn beauty buys

Beth Dadswell picks the scents, scrubs and skincare essentials to keep you looking and feeling fantastic, whatever the weather.

Paperbacks: Mirror Mirror, by Maria Alvarez

Spoilt west Londoner Belle Fellner spends her days knocking around her beautiful home, waiting for her dermatologist husband to return from LA. In between pharmaceutical highs and trips to the Portobello Road, she makes the acquaintance of Tina, an attractive waitress whom she takes in as a lodger.

Moisturisers 'raise skin cancer risk'

Moisturisers used by millions every day may be increasing the risk of common skin cancers, scientists have warned.

Skin cancer: 'Neil was a fighter - we thought he would survive'

Carole Meehan's husband lost his life to skin cancer. She tells Lucy Hunter how earlier detection could have saved his life

Small Talk: 'Big Daddy' of oil wells is resurrected

In Texas, they are calling it the "Big Daddy". Aim-listed Energy XXI, an oil and gas exploration company in the Gulf of Mexico, is set to drill the world's deepest ever well, at 35,000 feet. The whole operation seems to be potentially expensive, but Energy XXI is adept at utilising what others have left behind. The company, with its partners McMoran Exploration and Plains Exploration and Production, is picking up where Exxon left it, drilled at 32,500 feet several years ago. Now that oil is rocketing again, even if it has dropped off a little in the last few weeks, such abandoned sites are suddenly becoming economically viable again, even if the fields require 35,000ft wells.

'Orange' pupils prompt crackdown on craze for fake tan

Generations of girls have fought their parents and teachers over the length of their skirts but the growing popularity of perma-tanned celebrities has thrown up a new battleground: how brown – or orange – their skin should be. Inspired by bronzed role models such as Girls Aloud, teenagers are slapping on more fake tan than ever before. So serious is the situation at Baines High School in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, that its acting headteacher has written to parents, advising them to control the tanning habits of their children.

Guy Kennaway: My battle with psoriasis

Its sufferers have been stigmatised for centuries – and there’s still no cure for the skin disease

How to have a healthy holiday

Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? And what's the best way to beat jet lag? Jeremy Laurance explains

Beauty... batteries included

The calm of the dressing table is soon to be disturbed by a new generation of gadgets, says Rachel Shields

Skin cancer patient 'cured' using his own blood cells

A 52-year-old man with advanced melanoma, the lethal form of skin cancer, has been successfully treated using just his own blood.

Skin cancer toll soars among affluent young

Affluent families who take their children on foreign holidays where they are exposed to intense sunlight are contributing to soaring rates of malignant melanoma among the young.

Hope for psoriasis sufferers

A dramatic advance in the treatment of psoriasis, the debilitating skin condition which affects more than one million people in the UK, was announced by scientists yesterday.

Celtic FC legend dies aged 51

The Celtic legend Tommy Burns has died after a battle with cancer, the club said today.

Zoology, By Ben Dolnick

After flunking his first year at university, Henry takes a break and goes to work with his father, a failed jazz musician. His mother is resentful, clinging to regular phone calls from Henry's elder brother, David, a trainee dermatologist living in New York, as evidence that the family has anything going for it at all.

Eating tomatoes is the best way to avoid sunburn and wrinkles

Eating pizza topped with tomato paste can help prevent sunburn and premature wrinkles, new research suggests.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform