The vapour known as 'mushroom alcohol' which is present in damp, mouldy buildings can damage the nerve cells of the brain responsible for Parkinson's disease

Vapours from damp buildings may trigger Parkinson’s

'Mushroom alcohol' can damage the nerve cells of the brain, say scientists

The 10 Best autumn walks

The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making this the perfect time of year to explore the UK’s most spectacular vistas

LSD is referenced in songs such as 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles

Hallucinogenic health trip: LSD may not be bad for you, says study

‘Not much evidence’ for long-term problems over the past 50 years, Norwegian researchers conclude

Numerous new pests have already landed on UK shores and prospered in recent decades

Britain’s crops brace for invasion by hundreds of exotic pests and pathogens

Britain should expect “many hundreds” more pests and pathogens to invade the country in the coming years, endangering vast volumes of food production, the author of a new report has warned.

Avenal state prison in northern California’s San Joaquin Valley

California: Prisoners at Avenal and Pleasant Valley prisons demand move as valley fever death toll rises

Thousands of inmates at two California prisons may be transferred to other facilities, to avoid the threat of a condition known as valley fever.

Ash dieback pathogen (Chalara fraxinea): A pest organism fatal to ash trees. It was found in Britain last year, both on imported ash seedlings, but also in the wild – meaning that it may have come in on the wind

Genetic secrets of resistant tree gives new hope over ash dieback disease

The battle against the deadly ash dieback disease has received an important boost after scientists unscrambled the genetic blueprint of a tree with an extremely rare resistance to the killer fungus.

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Tate & Lyle soured by corn costs and sweetener setback

Shares in Tate & Lyle sank to the bottom of the FTSE 100 index today after the sweeteners group admitted that high corn prices would eat into its profits this year.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the creative

Learn how to make paint, then use it to depict images of the landscape on a holiday in Almeria, Spain.

Call for a ban on ash woodchip

Imports of woodchip from foreign ash trees should be banned in an attempt to avoid the spread of the devastating ash dieback disease, a member of the Environment Select Committee has said.

Mourn the passing of the ash tree, but for conservationists, there is a silver lining

The deadly Chalara fungus threatens ash trees, but the dead wood will provide a cornucopia of invertebrates for birds to feed on

The greatest book about mushrooms you'll ever read

A beautiful book could change attitudes to Britain's great variety of mushrooms

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it would not be possible to eradicate a disease which is threatening to devastate the UK's ash trees

Urgent action is needed to up UK's defences against plant diseases like fungus killing ash trees, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

Britain needs a radical rethink of its defences against emerging plant diseases brought in from abroad, such as the chalara fungus now threatening ash trees, the Environment Secretary, Owen Patterson, said.

Can plant passports raise our trees from the ashes?

Britain has already had twice as many tree plagues in this century as it did in the whole of the last

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Import ban on ash trees imposed to stop spread of 'devastating disease'

A ban on the import of ash trees has been imposed in a bid to stop the spread of a “devastating disease”, the Government said today.

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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
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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
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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