News A man in Kenya has woken up in a morgue after he was pronounced dead

The man's family had started making funeral arrangements when he awoke

New film blames drug firm for plight of honey bees

It's a question that has baffled the worlds of agriculture and science – what is it that has caused the mysterious deaths of honey bees all over the world in the last five years? A new film may have the answer.

How to get rid of head lice

A new school year means it's time to do battle with head lice again. But they can be eradicated – first, you need to know your enemy, explains James McIrvine

Big fall in British bee population

Nearly a fifth of the UK’s honeybee colonies died last winter, figures from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) reveal today.

Afterschool (18)

It's hardly uncommon for school days to be portrayed in the cinema as the unhappiest days of your life, but it's rarely been done with such astonishing conviction as it is in Afterschool, a needle-sharp, pitch-black comedy from a 25-year-old writer-director, Antonio Campos. The setting is an ivy-clad co-ed prep school not far from New York, a place where the well-groomed pupils stroll across the well-tended lawns to the chapel every morning. There aren't any bullying campaigns or shooting sprees, any gangs or (deliberate) suicides, and yet the pupils are so callous, and the teachers so craven, that adult viewers will be thanking their lucky stars that they've been to their last assembly.

Grace Boyle: 'My neighbour killed himself by swallowing his own pesticides... the land can no longer support us'

Mutai came to Kerala, to this farm, on January 21st, 1951. He was eleven years old then, and has lived here ever since.

Parkinsons risk 'from raised pesticide level in blood'

People with raised levels of a particular pesticide in their blood may have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, research published yesterday showed.

Make a living out of wasps and rats

After a four-day course in pest control you're ready to set up in business. Hazel Davies reports on an unusual job opportunity

Head for cover! Mice and moles are on the move

Pest infestations are on the rise, and now you can insure for their removal. Alessia Horwich reports

Bedbugs return to British hotels

The voracious <i>Cimex lectularius</i>, scourge of sleepers for centuries, has returned to Britain's hotels. Martin Hickman reports on a plague in a mattress near you

Euro-MPs back tough new pesticide rules

Euro-MPs today backed tough new rules restricting the use of pesticides in crops - despite warnings that food prices would rise and production fall.

<a href="http://emma-townshend.livejournal.com/3704.html">Emma Townshend: Thrilling Jeopardy as Gardener of the Decade arrives at Eden</a>

BBC2 is upping the stakes on its regular "Gardener of the Year" competition, where ordinary gardeners compete to show off skills in categories ranging from the best border knowledge, and pest control, to whip and tongue grafting.

Hospitals suffer 20,000 pest outbreaks

Almost 20,000 incidents of pest infestation have broken out at hospitals over the past two years, it was revealed today.

Rentokil's shares drop 30 per cent on fourth profit alert

The new boss of Rentokil Initial said the performance of the rat catcher-to-cleaning services group could deteriorate further after it issued its fourth profits warning since December.

The Pheasants' Revolt, By Brian Viner

There are several obstacles to enjoying this account of the Viner family's attempts to settle in rural north Herefordshire after relocating from London's Crouch End. To begin with, there's the ghastly punning title, which looms at you like something nasty from the 1970s. After that there's the first anecdote about "an attractive strawberry blonde of indeterminate years" who turns out to be a scarecrow; a patrician little tale that reminds readers how "Best Scarecrow competitions... or Dog with the Waggiest Tail competitions, are taken with deadly seriousness in the country". Finally, there's the grasping zaniness. Chapter two starts: "Whether the doctor and nurses had caught a whiff of my aloe-scented scrotum or not, I must say that when I started writing this book, I didn't expect to embark quite so soon on the story of my snip in Llandrindod Wells."

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