With only days to go before the first probe goes into orbit around this surprisingly interesting dwarf planet, further mysteries - including two strange bright spots in a crater - are coming into focus.
The Red Planet is bad for humans in all kinds of ways, and being first there may be little consolation if you die before you even reach the surface.
The term TERF - "trans exclusionary radical feminist" has become internet shorthand for "transphobic bigot". The odd thing is that most people hold beliefs which could see them labelled a "TERF".
Can science cure a broken heart? In theory, yes - but the side effects can be rather unpleasant.
A major new study of geoengineering techniques finds them an unrealistic distraction from more immediate action to tackle climate change.
Lily Cole talks to the former climate change minister Greg Barker about emissions targets, fracking and carbon taxes – then puts the same questions to Caroline Lucas of the Green party.
We need to learn to live with the big companies which dominate the internet - but right now our only policy responses are state control or free market monopoly.
It is changing attitudes to FGM, rather than high profile trials, that will finally bring the practice to an end.
The status of Burma’s Rohingya people has devolved to the point where even naming them has become controversial. We need to do more.
How fragile the belief of an Islamist must be if he feels threatened by a stupid caricature in a weekly satirical newspaper, says the Slovenian philosopher.
Cartoonists around the globe are being told to tone down their art, or face massive fines and prison sentences, writes Rachael Jolley.
Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.
>We need to help victims get away from abusive partners - but we also must recognise that children often need support and therapeutic help while they are still in these toxic environments.
The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.
The detention centre in Buckinghamshire, where 400 women await deportation, has been dogged by allegations of mistreatment - so why has the company which has run it for the last seven years been awarded a new contract?
Feminists of all stripes share a desire to make women’s lives better. But in order to do that, we need to listen to what all women have to say.
Anti-war films often aren't because they still glamourise combat, or fail to ask questions about the wider political reasons for nations to go to war.
During the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of poor women in rural areas of Peru were forcibly sterilised, often without their knowledge - and ahead of the next presidential election, artists are helping campaigners finally find justice.
Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.
The poppy hijabs have become a politically correct way of airing a suspicion that all Muslims are “basically terrorist sympathisers”. The wearing – or not wearing – of a patriotic hijab becomes a shrouded loyalty test.
The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.
Despite the high levels of incidents, sexual harassment remains mainly unreported. Women tend not to report the majority of incidents, sometimes amid concerns that they would not be taken seriously. This has to change.
It is important for staff to assist and support students while teaching and learning sensitive issues, but we should not be sanitising the curriculum for them.
Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.
Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded.
Education is more than what happens passively to a child.
Everyone seems to know that the moderate Muslim exists, but nobody seems to really agree on what he or she looks like, how he or she acts, behaves, what she believes in, how he or she practises.
A major barrier to career aspirations among Muslims has been their inability to take on student (or any other) loans to fund higher study, as Shariah law prohibits predetermined interest rates.
Since April this year 5,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the small Sicilian town of Augusta, fleeing war and poverty in north Africa.
More exposure is needed on what is going on behind the scenes of foreign reporting – between the bylines, when the cameras stop rolling.