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Liam Griffin interview: Director of taxi firm Addison Lee on the battle against the mobile phone cab apps

The apps jostle for space, fighting to be tapped in a global war for fares that is at its fiercest on the streets of London.

Waxing lyrical: the Swedish academics and Dylan fans with their records

Bob Dylan vs molecular cardiology: Scientists caught sneaking lyrics into academic papers

Two scientists have been caught competing to sneak Dylan lyrics into academic papers. It's an infantile prank that keeps workers entertained the world over, says Simon Usborne
The whole hog: bedrooms mix old and new

The Pig on the Beach, Dorset : Room service

This little piggy knows its market

47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for our capital to become a national park?

Daniel Raven-Ellison: 'We have eight million trees in London; the world’s largest urban forest'

Capsule collection: Dr Thornwell Jacobs at the Crypt of Civilization in 1940

A guide to time capsules: 1915 and all that

An excavation of the New York Times' archive has revealed the existence of a time capsule due to be dug up next year in the presence of Obama. What could be in it, asks Simon Usborne

Chance encounter: Sir David Spiegelhalter gathers strangers together at his events

Fancy that! A Cambridge professor is setting up parties to uncover uncanny coincidences

Sir David Spiegelhalter came up with the idea after discovering an uncanny coincidence in a graveyard in Whitby...

BMC GF01 Ultegra Disc Road Bike, review: Road bike brakes are going through a revolution

Price: £5,200
Frame and fork: Full carbon
Gears: Shimano Ultegra Di2
Brakes: Shimano disc brakes (mechanical)
Wheels: DT Swiss X-1900 Spline

Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it

The wedding photo from Ground Zero: A shot in the dark

When Elizabeth Stringer Keefe was given a wedding photo that had been found at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11, it became her mission to try to track down the people in the picture, dead or alive, in the hope of returning the snap to its rightful owner. Thirteen years later, she has finally been able to do just that. Simon Usborne hears her extraordinary story

Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery

American artist Nathan Sawaya is making art from a million pieces - and he's on his way to Britain

Carry that weight: partners of pregnant women can feel like they are the ones doing the heavy lifting

Can morning sickness be a male affliction too?

It seems as though the science might just confirm this old wives' tale, says Simon Usborne
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there