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

The 50 best picnic spots

From romantic riverside retreats to city parks and even London Zoo, Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket

Get out of the kitchen: How to turn a picnic into an alfresco feast

With a fire, a sturdy pot and a bit of creativity, it's amazing what you can cook outdoors.

Morrisons tops forecasts after holiday spending

First-quarter sales at Morrisons smashed City forecasts after it was boosted by the Royal Wedding and warm April weather. But the UK's fourth-biggest grocer warned it expects a "tough" year ahead as consumer confidence and spending remains depressed.

Album: Leisure Society, Into the Murky Water (Full Time Hobby)

Strange they should mention "murky" because the music within is as clear as Perrier.

Royal wedding and some sun helps Waitrose produce record sales figures

Waitrose announced record sales figures yesterday, with the supermarket given a boost by the sunny weather as well as preparations by its customers for this Friday's royal wedding.

The 10 best picnic hampers

If the forecasts are right, we're heading for a sunny spring. So get yourself to the park – with some provisions. Feast your eyes on these al fresco foodie sets.

Rediscovering the joy of the picnic

Wasps, rain, sand in the sandwiches... we use any excuse to avoid eating outdoors, says the National Trust. Now, it lists the 10 best places to dine <i>al fresco</i> in the UK

London 2012 may not allow mobile phones

Picnics and mobile phones may not be allowed into the London 2012 Olympics under security measures produced by the Games organisers.

The 10 best pork pies

Ideal as an afternoon snack and perfect for picnics, they're the ultimate British fast food. From miniature morsels to family-size pies, here are the finest.

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Seth Rogen: 'Losing weight is no picnic'

Seth Rogen believes larger people should "stay fat" because weight loss is hard.

The Big Six: Boutique hotels in Goa

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Rumer's smoky soul crowns her queen of easy listening, and who can resist such a guilty pleasure?
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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