New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

One-way to the Red Planet, sponsored by Big Brother

It’s week 48 in the Big Brother Mars Lander. The five remaining contestants are battling it out to escape eviction into the deadly vacuum outside. And with barely any food and water left, tempers are fraying on the telly spaceship.

Video: Nasa reveal their plan to capture an asteroid

Space agency suggests 2025 as a possible date to complete the mission

Artist's rendition of a settlement on Mars

A one-way ticket too tempting to ignore: 165,000 apply for mission to colonise Mars - despite no chance of them ever returning to Earth

Applications are for a private mission to send four men and women to the Red Planet

Some of the ingredients provided for the astronauts

Nasa takes a fresh look at in-flight food for Mars astronauts

Diet of dehydrated and freeze dried cuisine of the past will give way to fresh food cooked on the Martian surface

Page 3 Profile: Michael Foale, Astronaut

Houston, we have an astronaut.

This image was taken in January 2008

Incredible images show Star Wars’ Tatooine set is about to be eaten by giant Pacman-shaped sand dune

Scientists say Phantom Menace settlement is doomed to follow in footsteps of New Hope set overrun nearby

Video: Chinese astronaut shares her top moments of time in space

A Chinese astronaut who taught schoolchildren about the wonders of science from space, jokes that one of the highlights of her cosmic trip was chasing pieces of chocolates around in zero gravity.

Astro Turf: Images such as Orion Deep Wide Field (2009) show us a map without edges

Exhibition review: Visions of the Universe - His dark materials, the photo album

An exhibition of startling images of the cosmos looks at the development of telescopy, photography, and our place in it all

Extreme solar prominence

Seeing the larger picture: Inspiring images of space

An exhibition explores images how photography has shaped astronomy

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?

It isn’t the most offensive entry into our occasional round-up of crimes against pizz

Hungry? Print a pepperoni pizza

Nasa is funding the development of printed food with an eye on the long-haul, long-stay space missions of the future

Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips in concert, The Roundhouse, London

Music review: The Flaming Lips, The Roundhouse, London

"I feel a whole lot better," maintains a hoarse Wayne Coyne, apologising for being too ill to play the previous day's cancelled concert before informing us that "being sick is pretty petty" compared to the tornado disaster in Oklahoma, his home state. It is. He goes on to admit that "this is kind of a ridiculous event". It's certainly an odd event.

The glorious Wormsley cricket ground in beautiful Bucks

Amol Rajan: The loveliest place to play the game

Rajan's Wrong 'Un

Putin wants to set up a Russian space ministry

Putin aims for the stars with £33bn space programme

Russian President unveils ambitious plans at new launchpad site, including manned flight to Mars

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combining 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day

Thanks to Mastcam, Nasa finds more signs of Mars water

More signs of past water on Mars have been uncovered by the American space agency Nasa's Curiosity rover.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London