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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos inside the Bioenergy laboratory at the BRL, holding a phone powered by a microbial fuel cell stack.

Video: Urine-powered mobile phone charger lets you spend a penny to make a call

New microbial fuel cells contain bacteria that produce electricity from urine as part of their natural life cycle

Thomas Jackson: Judge who tried to split up Microsoft

Thomas Penfield Jackson, who died of cancer on 16 June at the age of 76, was a federal judge in Washington who presided over a Microsoft antitrust case and ordered the software giant to be split up. He also presided over the the drug possession trial of the former Mayor of Washington, Marion Barry.

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Suli Breaks: The secret of success? Forget exams – it’s all about getting the Breaks

His poetry about the failings of the school system has struck a surprising chord online. He tells Charlotte Philby why

Bill Gates 'casual' handshake has South Koreans up in arms

Microsoft founder accused of disrespecting the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye

Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration political activism group has stumbled before its official launch, after a leaked copy of its online manifesto was found to contain misleading claims

Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-roommate gets pro-immigration in a political group in storm before it even starts

Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration political activism group has stumbled before its official launch, after a leaked copy of its online manifesto was found to contain misleading claims.

Vote keeps US government going

The Republican House of Representatives voted to keep the US government going until the end of September, paving the way for the Senate to approve the measure to avoid a shutdown of federal agencies.

Bill Gates reviews a solar-powered lavatory at the Reinventing the Toilet fair

First he reinvented computers, now Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet

The world's richest man has set himself a new challenge – to improve sanitation for the poor

Autonomous once again: The corporate takeover that went wrong

Mike Lynch, founder of what was once a vibrant British software house, has ended an unhappy affair with a US corporate giant

Leading article: A mistaken tax on philanthropy

For a Government that claimed it would "foster and support a new culture of philanthropy", the Chancellor's decision to cap the tax relief on large gifts in this week's Budget was quite a change of direction. It was also wrong.

Sport Relief 2012: A letter from today's guest editor, David Walliams

Quality newspapers are normally quite boring. Not monumentally boring, just a bit dull and worthy. If they were a colour, they would be brown.

Amol Rajan: Jobs is an inspiration to us all

The central question in the Book of Job is: "Why do the righteous suffer?" I found myself asking this when I finished reading Steve Jobs' moving letter of resignation from his position as CEO of Apple.

Carpetright has to cut prices in tough market

Carpetright, the UK's biggest floor-coverings retailer, gave warning yesterday it expects trading conditions to remain tough as it reported a 0.2 per cent decline in like-for-like sales.

Memo to my young self, by PM: Money isn't everything

Cameron writes in The Big Issue about his upbringing and the advice his father gave him

Bill Gates's plea: help me save four million lives

Bill Gates hails breakthrough as he urges world leaders to back new vaccination drive
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'