Life and Style Artist's rendition of a settlement on Mars

The Mars One project will cost approximately £4bn; 40 applicants will be trained for 8 years before viewers vote for the final 4-person crew

Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, By Gavin Edwards: Book review

A portrait of River Phoenix as a naive innocent

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK

President Michael Higgins to make historic first visit to UK by Irish head of state

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK. He has accepted an invitation from the Queen for him and his wife, Sabina, to stay at Windsor Castle on 8 April next year.

Kristen Stewart (right) and Jesse Eisenberg (left) will team up again for action comedy American Ultra
Katy Perry's new material has proved a hit with her fans

Gig Review: Katy Perry, iTunes Festival - the candyfloss era isn't over just yet

The UK's first live glimpse of Katy Perry's third album PRISM comes just two days after the pop princess's fairytale took its darkest turn yet. Echoes of a Billboard interview in which she discussed suicidal thoughts following the end of her short marriage to Russell Brand might be heard reverberating around a venue distinctly free of the candyfloss scent pumped into venues on her kitschorama Teenage Dream tour.

Has krokodil - the horrific street drug that rots the flesh of addicts – made the switch from Russia to the US?

'Exposed bones and skin hanging off bodies': Arizona fears epidemic caused by the homemade codeine and gasoline-based heroin substitute

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe in The Philosopher's Stone

JK Rowling to write new Harry Potter-inspired film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author to return to  world of wizardry for screenwriting debut – but without the boy wizard

Watchdog puts PwC audit of Berkeley under spotlight

Accountant PwC became the latest "Big Four" firm to fall into the sights of the UK's industry watchdog today.

Original Munchkin actress Margaret Pellegrini who has died at the age of 89.

One of last surviving Munchkin actors from The Wizard of Oz dies aged 89

One of the last surviving Munchkins from the original 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, Margaret Pellegrini, has died at the age of 89.

Second shot: Paul Lawrie lines up a putt in the third round at Muirfield

Paul Lawrie’s excess mileage after mistaking the cut

He was eight over, so the Scot went home – but then had to return

Guy Hands' Deutsche Annington comeback falls victim to market turmoil

Stock market turmoil today claimed the scalp of one of Europe’s biggest IPOs in recent years, dashing hopes of a €1 billion (£850 million) comeback from private equity mogul Guy Hands.

Arizona town mourns deaths of 19 elite firefighters and offers comfort to 'Hotshot' unit’s sole survivor

Those killed are named as it emerges all 19 deployed last-ditch personal fire shelters to no avail

An airliner is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix

Flights cancelled in South-west American heatwave, but you can bake biscuits on your dashboard

In Arizona zookeepers fed tigers frozen fish while meteorologists baked biscuits in their van

One dead and dozens sick as temperatures hit 51C in blistering US heatwave

Cities and towns across the western United States took emergency measures on Saturday to cope with a heatwave, after dozens of people were taken ill and the region sweltered in dangerous triple-digit temperatures.

Man dies as Las Vegas bakes in extreme heat

A man died and another was in hospital in a serious condition as a heatwave blistered parts of the US.

Things are hotting up: a digital thermometer displays the temperature at Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Heatwave set to break records in Death Valley with expected 54C temperatures

A heatwave is expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 54C (130F) in California's Death Valley over the weekend – just short of the 134F reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick