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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.

Scientists say water on Mars would have been 'pure enough to drink', as presence of oxygen and carbon prove conditions are ideal for life

New discoveries are the clearest indicator yet that life could once have existed on the red planet

International Women's Day: Why do we still treat single women as second-class citizens?

We aren’t tragic spinsters, desperately freezing our eggs and gazing wistfully out of the windows of our cold, stark bedsits, humming ‘someday my Prince will come’

Sarah Brightman's new album Dreamchaser

To infinity and beyond: Sarah Brightman goes where no soprano has gone before

Classical singer Sarah Brightman will boldly go where no soprano has gone before when she becomes the first professional musician to record a song in space.

An artist's conception of a spacecraft envisioned by Inspiration Mars, a private group funded by Dennis Tito

Fancy a trip to Mars dear? A 'tried and tested' male-female partnership in focus for space mission

Research suggests a man and a woman working and living together may be better than two people of the same sex on millionaire's mission to the Red Planet

Mars rover Curiosity drills into Martian surface

Scientists toast success on "another proud day for America"

Save the Royal Institution! Why selling this historic Mayfair building would be a betrayal of our heritage

This neoclassical temple on Albermarle Street hosted Michael Faraday - as the picture below testifies. Will we really let it be converted into a vile jewellers or luxury flats?

Picture of Mars from the Curiosity rover

Scientists claim new data is 'strongest evidence yet' that Mars may have supported life

Components required to sustain simple microorganisms could have been present on Mars for much of its history, say scientists

'This is not the petition response you're looking for' - Death Star plans rejected by White House

Statement says the White House is keen to emphasise its belief in galactic peace, saying that it does not support the blowing up of other planets

Lack of sleep a critical challenge on Mars missions

Getting sleep will be one of the biggest challenges facing astronauts in any future manned mission to Mars, according to a study into six men who spent 520 days and nights in a confined "spacecraft" during a simulated trip to the planet.

An international crew of researchers (L-R) Cosmonaut training centre specialist Alexei Sitev, European Space Agency specialists Charles Romani of France, doctor Sukhrob Kamol, military doctor Alexei Smoleyevsky, European Space Agency specialists Diego Urbina of Italy, Chinese astronaut training centre specialist Wang Yue

The main problem for a manned Mars mission? Sleep deprivation

Research reveals physical and psychological challenges of sending astronauts to Red Planet

'Black Beauty' rock is a 2 billion year old unique 'meteorite' from Mars, say scientists

Coal-coloured rock estimated to be 2 billion years old, and contains more water than most of the red-planet meteorites so far discovered

'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be Ison - the comet of the century

A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a  once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse

The top astronomy pictures of 2012

Astronomy is a beautiful science.

2012 breakthroughs: Curiosity rover landing system

Scientific breakthroughs: From bone fragments to Higgs boson, the tiny finds with huge consequences

Winners of this year’s best breakthroughs revealed

A cosmic collision: Two satellites due to smash into surface of the moon… but don't worry, it was all planned by Nasa

NASA has deliberately guided the twin satellites into a cliff close to the moon’s northern pole

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Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable