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Why sloths descend from the safety of the trees once a week to go to the toilet has baffled scientists - but one specialist thinks he has the answer

Words: formication, n.

NOT A misprint but a remark in Kyril Bonfiglioli's posthumous novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery (1999). Malt whisky is rich in rare minerals, congeners and esters good for the brain. "I became aware of a prickling, formicating kind of sensation inside my skull."

Scott `ignored food warning in Antarctic'

CAPTAIN ROBERT Scott might have survived his expedition to the South Pole had he heeded advice on food parcels from a fellow explorer.

Learn your ABCs

Do you actually need all those vitamins you're popping, or are they a con? HELEN FOSTER reports

The big squeezy

Home juicers: Spinners, pulpers, classic or hi-tech ... how to transform fruit and veg into state-of-the-art health drinks.

Astronautical Notes: Rip Van Winkle with compound interest

OF ALL tales of folklore remembered in future ages, the best known will be the story of Rip Van Winkle. It tells of a man who aged only one night while the rest of the world aged 20 years. And it will be remembered because it is going to come true.

Betjeman's `pleasant acres' in danger

"HOW LONG before the pleasant acres ... are rolled across by limestone breakers", asked John Betjeman in his poem Matlock Bath.

French bid for China Clays

SHARES IN English China Clays jumped by 50 per cent to 240.5p yesterday after the struggling clay and speciality chemicals group found itself on the receiving end of a hostile pounds 680m cash bid from the larger and more diversified French building materials and minerals group Imetal.

McAlpine hits at Brown over house sales

ALFRED MCALPINE, one of the UK's largest construction groups, yesterday accused the government of causing a slowdown in the housing market.

ECC in pounds 100m share buy-back plan

ENGLISH CHINA Clays (ECC), the chemicals and minerals group, is planning a return of cash to shareholders of around pounds 100m through a share buyback in a bid to prop up its ailing share price.

Have you heard? History is not over after all

Docusoaps and cookery programmes won't tell us much about the likely economic upheavals of the next century. So let's keep News at Ten

Asbestos cancer widow wins pounds 110,000

THE WIDOW of a factory worker who died of asbestos-related cancer three years ago has won pounds 110,000 from his employers after contracting the same disease.

Health: Vitamin B6: the debate goes on

Three million people take it. Nutritionists recommend it. But the Government won't make a decision over safe levels. Why are so many well-informed people arguing?

Quarrying in beauty spots to end

THREE OF Britain's top five quarrying companies are this morning publicly renouncing their rights to extract stone from nine sensitive sites in the National Parks.

Green attack for quarry support

THE GOVERNMENT is backing a campaign to promote the minerals extraction industry, despite serious damage to the countryside from quarrying, green lobby groups have claimed.

The good versus the bad and ugly

The quarry industry is going on the offensive to establish its green credentials, but Michael McCarthy unearths a deeper strategy
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen