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.

Postcard from... Paris

Weightlessness is coming to Paris. This week it was announced that the sensation of zero-gravity can be purchased for a price of €5,980 (£4,852) a flight.

Don't be too hasty in writing off newspapers

Not only is Wi-Fi unnecessary to make one work, papers are a bulwark of democracy, vital for holding the rich and powerful to account

Nasa aims to launch 'Mars Curiosity rover 2' in 2020

Nasa plans to follow up its Mars rover Curiosity mission with a duplicate rover that could collect and store samples for return to Earth, the agency's lead scientist has said.

Picture of Mars from the Curiosity rover

It's dirt, but not as we know it: Curiosity analysis flattens hopes of a Mars-shaking discovery

The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but Nasa scientists say they're not quite sure what it means.

Making science sexy: Brian Cox

Strange but not true: 'alien health and safety' fears DIDN'T stop BBC broadcasting planet sounds

BBC bosses did not tell Professor Brian Cox he could not attempt to listen to a newly discovered planet on TV show Stargazing Live in case aliens breached the corporation's editorial guidelines, despite the presenters claims.

Soil on Mars 'is like Hawaii'

Scientists say the Martian soil at NASA's Curiosity Rover's landing site contains minerals similar to that found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

SpaceX Dragon capsule: First commercial cargo ship sent to International Space Station

A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with Nasa.

Winckler's Wacky World: A gang of Gandhis

A clock that will outlive the Universe, pig eats man, fool's gold, journey to the centre of the earth, Mad Men booze-a-thon and more bin juice

Battle of Marengo, ridden by Joseph O’Brien (left), wins the Beresford Stakes

Marengo battles into Epsom thoughts

With this year's Classics now all in the formbook, the search is in full swing for the successors to such as Camelot. At The Curragh yesterday, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner's young stablemate Battle Of Marengo became the latest to push claims for consideration for Epsom next June, with a bloodless victory, as 4-9 favourite in a field of four, in the Beresford Stakes.

One Martian pebble, a flood of possibilities

Seldom, outside the treasure hunts of childhood, has the discovery of a pebble caused such a stir. But the first evidence of gravel beds on Mars is reason enough to get very excited indeed.

This image obtained from NASA, shows a rock outcrop in a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on September 14, 2012. The outcrop, named

Mars rover Curiosity finds evidence of ancient fast-moving streams on surface of red planet

Discovery of bedrock and rounded pebbles offer the most convincing evidence yet that there was water on the surface of Mars

American artist will.i.am of music band The Black Eyed Peas

NASA Curiosity rover: Will.i.am track 'Reach for the Stars' to be the first song ever played on Mars

Not content with his current ubiquity on planet earth, Will.i.am is now set to colonise Mars. The latest song from the Black Eyed Peas singer will be the first to be broadcast from another planet.

Leading article: Let’s not give up on the romance of space

The death of Neil Armstrong resonates so forcefully today not just because he was the first man on the Moon, and as such fulfilled so many vicarious dreams, or because his Moon landing seemed to clinch US victory in the Cold War space race. It is also because his life so closely mirrored the fortunes of the US space programme and his last decade was one in which Washington seemed to lose interest in conquering further frontiers.

Re-Cycle has shipped over 30,000 repaired old bikes

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Wiggo-worthy new bike? Ditch your old one here

One not really reported aspect of the post Tour de France/Olympics boom in bike purchases, estimated by one retailer to be as much as 18 per cent, is what happens to the bikes left behind.

Nasa's Curiosity rover and its parachute spotted by Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface

Mars rover Curiosity transmits low-resolution landing video

Nasa's Curiosity rover has transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 150 seconds of its dive through the Mars atmosphere, giving Earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?