Grace Dent on Utopia:

Grace Dent on TV: Utopia

I watched two episodes of Utopia – entranced, repelled, confused and in quiet admiration

Farewell to puppet master who defined childhood for a generation: Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies

Tributes paid to Anderson, who said Thunderbirds and co were a ‘pain in the arse’

Let's give Megan Fox - and all new mums - a break

Could Megan Fox give me her night nurse's number? We could do with a few more hours sleep in our family

To Megan Fox and other celeb mums - night nurses are a sign of flawed motherhood

Is it natural to allow someone else to take responsibility for your baby's needs?

Sleeping Beauty, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

As a parent, particularly of little girls, one can grow heartily sick of the saccharine world of princesses, fairies and their tyranny of pink.

Doubt cast on MS cannabis treatment

There is no strong evidence to back the use of cannabis extract in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), it was claimed.

Francesca Carrington Birch, 22-year-old from Maidenhead: 'The websites are warped, damaged communities that should be closed down'

Francesca Carrington Birch: 'One website said to shiver while I slept'

I suffered from anorexia from around 12 or 13, and then from bulimia from the age of 17. But I began looking at pro-ana sites at the age of about 11.

A new report raises concerns about Afghan troops drinking too many high energy drinks

Energy-drinking troops experience sleepiness on the job

US service members in Afghanistan battle zones who consumed three or more caffeine-charged energy drinks a day were prone to sleepiness and dozing off while on guard duty, according to a report.

Wakey wakey: Researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder

Research shows insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

Is the perfect day different for men and women?

A new study claims to have nailed down the average woman's fantasy day

It's never too late to learn... even when we're fast asleep

Good news for dozy students at the back of the class – scientists have shown that it is possible to learn new things while asleep.

Refinery blast kills 24 in Venezuela

A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery early today, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 50 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.

Autism risk for children with older fathers

Child mutations stem from paternal side, landmark study shows

Insomniacs 'should be given therapy not sleeping pills'

NHS told to roll out cognitive behavioural treatment after success of research projects
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas