Travel Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

The man who pays his way

Buying an eco-home: Finally something's clicked

Many estate agents are still not up to speed on eco-homes. Donnachadh McCarthy puts two new websites to the test

Inside Britain's happiest eco-town

Never mind solar panels and protesters – one new low-carbon development is designed above all to build a sense of community. Donnachadh McCarthy finds peace and love

Pandora: Gordon's back in hot water

Labour MPs deride David Cameron's rooftop wind turbine as petty tokenism, but what of their own leader's attempts to curry favour with the green lobby? In an interview with The Times last week, Gordon Brown began flashing his environmental credentials by bragging about the solar panels at his home in Fife.

Irish becomes the 23rd official language of EU

The Irish language has been given official status in Europe, taking its place as the 23rd language of the European Union. The move yesterday received curiously little attention in the Republic of Ireland, given that the language has at times been regarded as a semi-mystical part of the national identity.

Girls of 12 may be vaccinated against sex disease

Girls as young as 12 could be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease which can cause cervical cancer, under plans being studied by the Department of Health.

I Want Your Job: Psychotherapist

'It can be distressing and solitary'

Marilyn's last day: Twenty-four hours inthe death of a legend

Was it murder or suicide? Was she desperate or full of hope? Did Robert Kennedy visit her secretly or was he miles away? Monroe would have been 80 this year. As the anniversary is marked, Liz Hoggard reconstructs her final moments from the latest theories

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Photovoltaic technology is some way from being a commercial success. but it's made us self-sufficient

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Renewable energy is not cranky: to take the thermal landscape for granted is bonkers

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Oak bark sounds like the appropriate insulation for tree house, but we need something better

Diary of an Eco-Builder

Environmentally friendly innovations may be new or very, very old

Comedy: The science of stand-up

Laughter is a learning tool for the Dana Centre's punk scientists

Wireless gadgets: Motorola Bluetooth handset <br></br>Thomson WSP740U active speakers <br></br>SolarGuard Wireless Alarms <br></br>Thomson Video Sender

Out of sight, but not out of mind - wireless technologies like Bluetooth and infra-red are helping to revolutionise the way we see, hear, talk and play, says David Phelan

Sleepover: Old Leura Dairy

A bed for the night in Australia's Blue Mountains
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...