News 2008 picture of purple tomatoes at the John Innes Centre in Norwich

A shipment of genetically modified tomato juice designed to boost health benefits is on its way to the UK for testing.

Bike rental schemes 'saving lives in cities'

Bicycle rental schemes save lives by increasing physical activity levels among city dwellers and should be expanded across Britain's cities, according to research in the British Medical Journal. A study of the Barcelona equivalent of London's "Boris bikes" found that short, regular cycle rides by users have reduced the number of annual deaths – despite the increased risk from accidents and exposure to air pollution.

The pitfalls of boasting about your brand

The integrity of your business begins with your brand. Andrew Wigley, chief operating officer at All About Brands, looks at the pitfalls of making bold claims about what a brand can deliver and the ramifications if it can’t live up to them.

Take the beach highway...right into the sea

The IoS/Bradt guide travel-writing competition: Competition winner Simon Duncan relives childhood adventures playing chicken with New Zealand's wild and changing tides

Cycle helmets: safety essential or health risk?

Doctors claim making bike helmets a legal requirement would put people off cycling

Tanning: Let the sunshine in

Tanning gets so much bad press we risk losing sight of the facts. Jane Feinmann asks: is it time we stopped being so scared of the sun?

A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima

David McNeill meets a nuclear worker who sees it as his duty to save the stricken plant – even if it means an early grave

Sugar and spice and all things unhealthy: what teenage girls eat

Teenage girls have the unhealthiest diets in the UK, with fewer than one in 10 eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Patten to cut two-thirds of BBC's top managers

The new chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, wants to cut two-thirds of the BBC's team of 550 senior managers and to end the custom of giving them annual bonuses and free private health insurance.

Terence Blacker: The value of a price tag on nature

The natural world cannot survive Osborne's cheerful free-market libertarianism

Pomegranate juice could reduce workplace stress

Pomegranate juice could reduce stress in the workplace, according to new research.

Campaigners livid as Whitehall axes Breastfeeding Week

Critics say move may undo years of work, just as message on benefits of mothers' milk gets through

Male coffee drinkers cut cancer risks

Men who consume a lot of coffee cut their risks of lethal prostate cancer, a study has shown.

Government backs 'Independent' safety for cyclists campaign

The Government yesterday gave its backing to The Independent’s campaign to protect cyclists from being killed by lorries and buses on Britain’s roads.

Disabled woman fights off muggers

A scooter user headbutted a teenage mugger after he tried to rob her as she drove her mobility scooter.

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
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Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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How did our legends really begin?

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