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 - Coastal

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The 50 Best Picnic Spots - Attractions

Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket this summer

The 50 Best Picnic Spots - Romantic

Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket this summer

The 50 Best Picnic Spots - Rural

Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket this summer

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Scotch duck eggs

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Pets' Corner: How do I stop my dog gatecrashing picnics?

My dog invaded a picnic in the park and I was mortified! Now all he wants to do is eat picnics. I've resorted to keeping him on the lead. Is this cruel? Elizabeth May, London

Paperbacks: The People on Rivilege Hill, by Jane Gardam

Jane Gardam's latest short stories strike a wistful and elegiac note. With many of her narrators facing their final decades, diminishing days are inter-cut with memories of more raucous times.

This Is Summer: Accesssories for entertaining

Summer entertaining looks so much more impressive with the right accessories. There are ideas here to suit every budget

This is summer: gardens

This Sunday 6 July don't miss the second in our four-part summer series - a free gardens magazine.

Mark Hix: Beefing up classic picnic recipes

With a great piece of beef as the centrepiece, Mark Hix serves up a classic summer picnic with a difference

Serious ribbing: Hix's picnic with a twist

With a great piece of beef as the centrepiece, Mark Hix serves up a classic summer picnic with a difference. Photographs by Jason Lowe

You write the reviews: The Revenger's Tragedy, NT: Olivier, London

Sex, murder, corruption and incest... Thomas Middleton knew exactly what Jacobean audiences liked, and he crammed it all into The Revenger's Tragedy.

Beale's best in show: Waitrose (Miles, Calcraft, Briginshaw, Duffy)

Waitrose used to use the strapline "Good food, honestly priced". It was elegantly pithy and hit at two key "truths" Waitrose fans believe about the store: that its food is better quality than rival supermarkets, and that you get what you pay for. It was a great line with some wonderful, distinctive ads to bring it to life.

Fed up with too much packaging? Just leave it on the counter

<i>IoS</i> takes direct action against Britain's mountain of unnecessary wrapping
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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

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China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

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