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Spoiler alert: Seven ways Breaking Bad might end... but probably won't

The University Debate: What the Ivy League can teach Britain

High costs are an accepted part of college education in the US – and they pay for world-class teaching. Dr Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of Britain's only private university, argues that it's time we followed America's example

Palin limps in fourth in key Republican activists' poll

Sarah Palin may want to express-freight her sled and dogs over to New Hampshire where support for her as the Republican nominee for president turns out to be tepid verging on chilly, according to a first poll taken in the electorally critical state this weekend.

Autumn 2010, a golden vintage

It almost appears too splendid to be true, with a sunburst of colours capped by burnished gold – but just in case you haven't been getting out much, this is what Britain's autumn foliage looks like, right now.

Katy Guest: I was bullied, and it does get better

She is moved by a YouTube plea to prevent gay suicides

Maine event: Autumn in New England

Fifty years ago novelist John Steinbeck toured New England and was impressed by what he saw. Visit this autumn and you will be too

Last Night in Twisted River, By John Irving

It would seem that publishing novels for five decades and winning a National Book Award (for The World According to Garp) isn't as confidence-boosting as one might imagine. How else to explain the curious Author's Note at the end of John Irving's latest door-stopper of a novel?

Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell wins in Delaware

A little-known tea party-backed candidate rode to victory in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, dealing yet another setback to the party establishment in a season of recession and political upheaval.

John Rentoul: Truth is, spotting a lie is pointless

Voters are more moved by the words 'elderly' and 'winter fuel' than by accurate memories of the election campaign

The return of a man called Perkins

The literary editor behind the greatest works of Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald is to feature in a new biopic

Traveller's Guide: Maine

With an extensive coastline, a dramatic interior and historic towns, this New England state has plenty to offer, says Aoife O'Riordain

Ronnie James Dio: Singer who worked with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and replaced Ozzie Osbourne in Black Sabbath

As lead vocalist with some of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1970s and '80s, and fronting his own group, Ronnie James Dio bestrode festival stages and delighted millions of rock fans around the world. He also popularised the "devil's horns" gesture beloved of metal fans of all ages, and made it his trademark. "The 'sign'" is a superstitious symbol used by many older cultures," he remarked of the gesture he picked up from his Italian grandmother. "It's meant to intercept the evil eye and other curses, and what better place to use it than at a metal show?"

Is this the smallest horse in the world?

A foal thought to be the tiniest horse in the world was born at the appropriately named Tiz A Miniature horse farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire, USA last Friday.

Miller ends eight-year wait in style to break golden duck

It has been a long-time coming, but Bode Miller is finally an Olympic champion. Eight years after his debut Games and four years after his dramatic failure in Turin, the colourful American swept to gold in the super-combined on Whistler last night.

Skiing: Commanding Defago plots a perfect course

Swiss produces run of his life to blow away more famous and fancied competitors

Salinger caught the attention of the world – then hid from it

The extraordinary man who wrote 'The Catcher in the Rye' has died aged 91
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How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

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Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border