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Kickstarter bio-sensor is held between thumb and forefinger to measure 'galvanic skin response'

Sun, sand, blue skies and an all-over tan as summer arrives in (parts of) Britain

Britain may have endured the coldest spring for half a century, but that was all consigned to history on Sunday as much of the country bathed in blue skies and balmy weather.

Parks nearing the top of Everest during the 737 Challenge

Extreme Sports: Richard Parks finds a whole new world at ends of the earth

Former Wales rugby player came back from injury to break new ground

The Weekend's Viewing: In Russell Lewis, Endeavour has a writer who knows when to stop

Endeavour, Sun, ITV1 // The Genius of Marie Curie – the Woman Who Lit Up the World, Fri, BBC2

There's a 25% shortage of palliative care consultants

Liverpool Care Pathway: A way of death worth fighting for?

It has been denounced as 'euthanasia by the back door'. Now specialists in palliative medicine are defending its use

High street charity fundraisers to be investigated for poor practice

Charity fundraisers are to be investigated for poor practice amid allegations they were using confusing tactics and flouting rules.

Coalition peers will block cap on charity donations, poll shows

The Government is facing strong opposition in the House of Lords to its plan to impose a cap on tax relief on charitable donations.

Now Poundland snubs workfare programme

The Government's under-fire scheme to get unemployed people back into jobs by having them work without pay suffered another blow after Poundland became the latest firm to withdraw and demand that ministers rethink the programme.

Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex, By Christopher Turner

Slice them where you will, any collection of psychoanalysts is as mad as a parliament. Novelty beards, whirling eyes, twitches, deranged clothing, tics, jitters and habits you wouldn't want to go into. But Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was the maddest of the lot. His mainspring theory was that all human ills stemmed from not enough orgasms, and, in particular, not enough proper orgasms, which he plotted on graphs from foreplay to the molten afterglow of WH Auden's "Lullaby" (1940): "Soul and body have no bounds:/ To lovers as they lie upon/ Her tolerant enchanted slope/ In their ordinary swoon."

The Reading List: Family memoirs

Literature

'My Father's Fortune' by Michael Frayn, Faber & Faber, £15.99

Winner of last week's PEN prize, Michael Frayn's atmospheric memoir traces his family lineage, from his grandparents through to his father, a builders' commercial traveller and perennial odd one out. Rich in domestic detail, the work is beautifully crafted and elegantly written.

Richard Parks: Risking life and limb to hit heights for cancer charity

Ex-Wales player survives crevasses, frostbite and avalanches to complete Grand Slam of seven summits and 'three poles' in record time. He tells Matt Lloyd what he learnt along the way

Outside Edge: This grand slam is poles apart

What does a rugby player do when his career comes to a premature end at the age of 31 because of injury? Sit and sulk? Open a pub?

New end-of-life funding plan 'fair'

A new funding system for end-of-life care would save millions of pounds and focus on individual patient needs, according to a Government-ordered review.

Ann Patchett: Voyage into the Amazon's dark heart

Ann Patchett won huge acclaim for her bestselling novel 'Bel Canto', set in South America. She returns there in her new novel. Arifa Akbar talks to her about the rainforest and everlasting fertility

Party politics: Why Yes to AV is right up our street

<i>The IoS</i> debates voting systems with bunting and cupcakes

Julia Styles: Champion of GP practice nurses and women's cancer campaigner

Julia Styles was a nurse from the valleys of South Wales.

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Power dressing is back

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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