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

Get rid of your junk and save the world - without leaving home

Forget trying to sell your old stuff on eBay. Just join the Freecycle Network and give it away, says Ciar Byrne

Discover that age is no barrier to an adventure

Older travellers also prefer a date with destiny

Dating of wreck's timbers puts wind in sails of the 'Mary Celeste' mystery

One of the most enduring mysteries of the sea has taken yet another twist. The Mary Celeste, located and recovered amid much celebration four years ago, is not the Mary Celeste, according to new evidence.

Aberdeen Asset's largest investor sells 16% stake

Phoenix, the US life insurer and investment house, finally brought an end to its stormy nine-year relationship with Aberdeen Asset Management yesterday, selling its 16 per cent stake in the UK fund manager for about £38m.

Boxing: Williams strips away false images in search of champion or coward within

Danny Williams, in this low-rent district where the inhabitants might be a thousand miles from the glitter and the big, easy money of Las Vegas Boulevard

When love is the drug

If you're repeatedly drawn to the 'high' of destructive relationships, you may have a clinical addiction, psychologists believe. Julia Stuart reports

Giant Sand, Bush Hall, London

All over the musical map

Locked out of the Deep South, Kerry sets his sights on South-west desert country

John Kerry embarked on a final big push for votes in the South-west yesterday, courting a region that once skewed resolutely conservative but which now represents the Democratic candidate's best hope of making inroads in an otherwise solid block of Bush support stretching from coast to coast.

A dead heat in race for the White House: now Kerry and Bush pick up the pace

John Kerry emerged the clear winner yesterday from his third and final debate with President George Bush, buoying the spirits of his campaign as he seeks to establish a clear lead in the 18 remaining days of an extraordinarily tight United States presidential election.

Democrats hope ground offensive can seal Arizona

In Arizona, the presidential election has already begun. In fact, thanks to early voting facilities and postal absentee balloting, it has been under way for more than two weeks. And that could have profound significance for John Kerry, in a state which had been all but ceded to George Bush before the debates but whose 10 electoral votes now appear to be very much back in play.

Acquanetta

Actress known as 'The Venezuelan Volcano'

Phoenix sells MG Rover parts arm to Caterpillar for £100m

Phoenix Venture Holdings, the owner of MG Rover, yesterday raised more than £100m by selling the loss-making car manufacturer's profitable parts business to the US construction equipment giant Caterpillar.

Wheldon slips up as Rice negotiates rain

Another Indianapolis 500 of frustration for British drivers served only to reinforce their collective determination to conquer the American classic next year.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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