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Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

China alarm spreads over toxic baby milk

The nerves of China's consumers were badly rattled today after a toxic baby milk scandal, which has seen two infants die and thousands made ill, widened to include milk products from the country's best-known dairy companies.

Atkins: A diet you can trust?

It's high in fat and cholesterol, but Dr Robert Atkins' carb-free regimen is back in favour. Esther Walker knows why

There's a life in my soup! Searching for clues to life on earth

Scientists are cooking up primeval ooze in the laboratory to try to discover how life on Earth first developed. Simon Hadlington lifts the lid on their brew

Deborah Orr: Too much of anything is too much – even dietary advice

Dietary advice, contrary to the impression that its givers and its takers strive to make, is not rocket science. Nor is it particularly modern or new. Vronsky, Tolstoy explained in Anna Karenina at the turn of the 20th century, maintained the weight demanded of him by his regiment by steering clear of sugary and starchy foods. It worked for him, and there is no reason why it should not for everybody.

Use your noodle: The real Chinese diet is so healthy it could solve the West's obesity crisis

Sophie Morris explains how it works - and nutritionists give their verdict

How to get a head: In search of the perfect pint

We've been drinking beer for centuries. But only now are scientists learning the secrets of the perfect pint. Sanjida O'Connell learns the recipe for success from the master brewers

Seven ways to a healthy brain

People are living longer so Alzheimer's disease is becoming more common. But there are things you can do to reduce the risk of dementia, says Amy Fenton

Hold the popcorn! Opera is heading for the multiplex

As Glyndebourne starts, its arias won't just be heard in Sussex. Hermione Eyre reports on a new cinema trend

Scientists succeed in mimicking the way spiders spin their super-strength webs

The dream of producing spider silk in industrial quantities has come a step closer to reality after scientists managed to mimic the way silk protein is spun naturally into fibres that are potentially stronger than steel.

Leading article: Birds of a feather?

They are related, but thankfully we do not have to concern ourselves with pontificating over which came first; one had a pretty clear 68-million-year head start.

Lasers used to make female flies act like males

Scientists have used a laser to control a female fly's mind and make it sing "love songs" which are only ever sung by males. The ground-breaking research, which suggests the difference between the sexes may be much subtler than thought, was conducted using radical new technology which allows scientists to turn individual brain cells on and off by shining a light on them.

My week: Sophie Anderton

The model, making her debut in the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for charity

Paul Abbott: 'We will only succeed if we don't underestimate the viewer'

From the Hew Wheldon Lecture, delivered by the TV screenplay writer, to the Royal Television Society, meeting in Cambridge

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?