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Tests have confirmed 20 people died after contracting the disease on the island

Leading article: Dread locked

Scientists have apparently developed a means of rendering rats fearless. The administering of a special protein directly to the brain of the rodents enables them to extinguish paralysing feelings of dread.

Sigur Ros's guitarist knocks the stuffing out of audiences

His album covers are works of art, and he holds regular exhibitions of his drawings. So it's no surprise that, for his first solo live tour, Jonsi, the Sigur Ros guitarist and vocalist, has abandoned the standard rock gig format and turned the shows into a visual spectacular with intricate effects to match his cinematic music.

New species found on trip to 'Lost World'

We may think we've seen it all when it comes to wildlife, but we haven't, as these remarkable pictures prove. You won't find any of these creatures in any zoo or aviary or animal collection, as every single one of them is believed to be new to science.

The Great Escape: Leaving the rat race behind

What happened when we challenged three city slickers to leave the rat race behind and head to the country in search of adventure?

Leading article: Vile charge

It's not not that Britain's friendly little water vole has been proved not to be a vegetarian after all that is so shocking, but that it should have a French taste for frogs legs. Voles, as we all know from ratty in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, are furry, eccentric, maddening but definitely not carnivorous creatures. It's bad enough that the round-nosed swimmers are being gradually wiped out by imported American minks. But to have this charge laid against the door of their burrows must be the last straw.

How vegetarian voles got a taste for frogs' legs

Water voles have developed a penchant for one of the most rarefied delicacies of French cuisine – frogs' legs – conservationists have discovered.

Locals are doing it for themselves

In rural areas across the country, pubs have closed down, stilling the beating heart of communities. At the weekend Byron Rogers witnessed a refreshing change in his village – and pints are being pulled once again

Shear elegance: Beate Kubitz's 'sheep to chic' range is a national success story

The plan was simple: buy sheep, spin their coats into wool, turn into designer knitwear

Welcome to Lagos, BBC2<br/>The Prisoner, ITV

An uplifting gem of a documentary from the refuse tips of Lagos contrasts with a lacklustre US remake of a British classic

Junk food could be addictive 'like heroin'

Rats became 'hooked' on sausage and cheesecake in same way as drug abusers

Open again after 145 years, the eighth wonder of the world

How do you turn an underwater tunnel with a flooding problem into a national sensation? Arifa Akbar tells the extraordinary story of the 'Thames Tunnel'

Brian Viner: 'I saw a mouse so large, it may even have been a small you-know-what'

As a letter to The Independent pertinently pointed out earlier this week,when has there ever been a case of a human-being being hurt by a mouse? This follows the brouhaha over the revelation that most West End theatres are riddled with the little critters – except, no doubt, for the St Martin's Theatre, home of The Mousetrap.

First Night: London Assurance, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London

Sparks fly in an assured comic display

Ecologists turn exterminators in the great rat hunt

Helicopters bombard South Atlantic island with poison to save rare birds
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