News Reading a novel may boost brain functionality for days, new research has found

Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist

Maria de Villota passed away aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Drivers pay silent tribute to ‘tragic’ Maria de Villota

Former test driver passed away on Friday morning in Seville

Scientists develop implant that could stop Parkinson's growth

The implant pumps proteins into the brain to encourage damaged cells to grow again

Family links Spanish F1 driver Maria de Villota's death to Cambridgeshire crash

Relatives release statement saying the 33-year-old died as a result of neurological injuries she suffered in last year's crash, in which she lost an eye

TV review: Horizon: The Truth about Personality, BBC2
The Apprentice, BBC1

Michael Mosley, one of the more cheerful pop science presenters currently on screen, would like us to know that appearances can be deceptive. He might look happy, but he's not. "I get stressed and constantly fret about the future," he said at the beginning of Horizon: The Truth about Personality.

BBC Three to air documentary about Frank Bruno's struggle with depression

Frank Bruno's daughter Rachel will present a documentary about her father's struggle with manic depression.

Kanye West's Yeezus does more than previous records to deconstruct his status as a hip-hop superstar

Rapper Kanye West attacked by Parkinson's UK charity over 'inexcusably stupid' shaking lyric on track from new album Yeezus

Kanye West has been accused of ignorance and stupidity after the rapper mocked Parkinson’s disease sufferers on his new album.

Britons show Victorian attitudes to epilepsy as children who suffer from the condition are accused of being 'possessed'

One in five children who suffer with epilepsy has been accused of being “possessed” after having a seizure, according to shocking new research.

Flip chart: 58th Eurovision Song Contest

The 58th Eurovision Song Contest is back this Saturday. Last time the UK, represented by Mr Humperdinck, finished second-last.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale outside the court of appeal in London

SAS sniper facing retrial for illegal possession of pistol and ammunition Danny Nightingale recommended for medical discharge

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who faces a retrial for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition he had earlier been convicted of, has been recommended for medical discharge, his lawyer said today.

Parkinson's sufferers 'face abuse' because of symptoms

Parkinson's disease sufferers are being subjected to “intolerable levels of prejudice”, a charity has warned, after it was found that two in five of those afflicted with the disease have experienced discrimination because of their symptoms.

Wouldn't the gym be so much better without all the people in it?

From the gross dudes who can't tell the difference between lust and disgust to the personal space invaders, trips to the gym would be much more therapeutic, well, alone...

Last night's viewing - Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day, BBC2; Pop! The Science of Bubbles, BBC4

Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day – the results of a transverse biopsy on the National Health Service – has a very simple question at its heart: "If we could see what this institution does in one day, what would it make us think?" My guess is that the makers of the series pretty much know the answer to this question already.

Migraine affects an estimated eight million people in Britain

There's nothing funny about getting a migraine

The pain's like a hand-drill direct to the cranium but whenever I have to cancel plans because of my old adversary, I suspect people think I'm making too much fuss

Barack Obama speaks at the launch of the brain research initiative

President Barack Obama pledges $100m to unlock secrets of the brain

A new era in the understanding of the human brain - the most complex structure in the known universe - began today when President Obama announced a $100m (£67m) research initiative to start mapping the complex neural circuitry of the mind.

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own