News A colony of ants have set up home in the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how their behavior changes in an environment of low gravity

It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots

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Look who's smooching who at Downton Abbey this Christmas Special

Teaser trailer reveals exciting goings on at the Granthams' <b>*Spoiler alert!*</b>

Books of the Year 2012: Food

From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey

Steve Diamond: Back in charge

Steve Diamond faces rough first task in effort to salvage Sale

It is a little early in the season to be talking of "do or die" matches, but if storm-tossed Sale sink like a stone against London Irish in Salford tonight, it may be a very long time before they come up for air. Steve Diamond, back in charge of team matters after this week's demotion of Bryan Redpath from rugby director to head coach, is determined to be off the bottom of the Premiership table by Christmas. That process starts here.

Richmond ham advert nudity complaints rejected

An advert for a brand of ham featuring a group of naked picnickers prompted 371 complaints, the majority objecting that it was offensive.

Leading article: Strauss deserves to be remembered at his best

It would be a pity if one unhappy summer – some lacklustre batting, the Test defeat by South Africa and England's loss of its No 1 world Test ranking – were allowed to colour the rest of Andrew Strauss's cricketing career.

Peak of perfection: Derbyshire offers excellent walking

Countyfile: Derbyshire - Put your best foot forward in the Peak District

The curious custom of "well dressing" is on display today in Eyam, Holymoorside, Foolow and Wormhill (0845 833 0970; visitpeakdistrict.com/see-and-do; donations welcome). This ancient art of decorating springs and wells with fresh and dried natural materials, such as flowers, berries and leaves, is thought to date back to the Celts and takes place only in Derbyshire and around its borders. Decorations are displayed until the first week of September.

Aloka, 14 East Street, Brighton

They are not the words you hope to hear on being shown to your table in a new restaurant: "Enjoy the space. Enjoy the emptiness". But Aloka isn't just a restaurant. It's a 'Quality of Life Centre' in the heart of alternative Brighton, a holistic spa serving vegan and raw food. Here, a dinner service for only two customers isn't a problem, but an opportunity to connect with stillness and mindfulness. Those empty tables just represent the road less travelled.

Television choices: Image of rural Britain is set to greet all competitors

TV pick of the week: Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony

<p>1. John Lewis Beach Huts towel</p>
<p>£18, johnlewis.com</p>
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Fans watch Andy Murray's match on the big screen

Fans flock to Henman Hill to see Andy scale new heights

Foreign visitors could be forgiven for thinking the British are fanatics

Leading article: Beyond this historic handshake

The significance of the handshake that took place in Belfast yesterday was lost on no one, least of all on the two participants, the Queen and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness. Indeed, they seemed intent on prolonging the moment, though whether that was to give the cameras ample time to record the historic image, or just to savour the experience, we shall never know.

William Haggas
boasts a strong
string of fillies,
including
Cardigan

Cardigan fits Coronation profile for William Haggas

It might seem closer to recklessness than optimism to favour a mere maiden winner over a filly who last month surged nine lengths clear of her rivals in a Classic. But Cardigan (3.45) represents a trainer of such circumspect judgement that her very presence in the field qualifies her as a most intriguing candidate for the Coronation Stakes today.

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