Aww bless, cute pictures make you clever

A real study by proper scientists has shown that taking breaks to look at fluffy kittens improves concentration.

Qataris are set to snap up a fifth of BAA for £900m

The Qatari sovereign wealth fund has agreed to buy a fifth of BAA, the Heathrow Airport operator, for £900m in a transaction involving deals with three of its key shareholders.

State schools lead the way in uptake of International Baccalaureate

Most of the sixth-formers at George Green school, a comprehensive on the Isle of Dogs, are not on tenterhooks like those in the rest of the country.

Canary Wharf landlord seals refinancing deal

The company behind the Docklands landlord Canary Wharf Group has sealed a refinancing deal which could pave the way for dividend payouts for its ordinary shareholders.

The Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony

London 2012: Opening ceremony sparks interest from TV industry

The Olympics opening ceremony could lead to a flurry of big-budget projects say London film bosses.

London underground and bus services 'coping' with Olympic Super Saturday, say officials

London's transport system was coping well with the huge crowds on Super Saturday - one of the busiest days of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tate Modern death-plunge man Michael Foreman was senior bank manager at HSBC

A man who fell 100ft to his death from a balcony at the busy Tate Modern art gallery in London was a senior bank manager at HSBC, an inquest has heard.

One of the Olympic lanes

London 2012: Many Olympic 'Games lanes' reopened to public after officials opt to travel by public transport

London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted that 'a lot' of the sections of road were not needed this morning

London 2012: First weekday of Olympics tests public transport

Olympics visitors and commuters faced their first transport challenge this morning after being warned to avoid London Bridge station.

Tino Sehgal: These Associations, Tate Modern, London

That the electricity that crackles between people is the most powerful energy of all is an idea all too often lost, but it can be found right now at Tate Modern, in the 13th Unilever Commission by Tino Sehgal.

A view of the Olympic Stadium at night

Opening ceremony rehearsal gives glimpse of the Olympic Games: chaos on trains

One of London's main Olympic transport routes failed its first major test ahead of the Games yesterday when tens of thousands faced severe delays as they journeyed to the Olympic Stadium to watch a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony.

London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Leading article: Give the Shard time to settle into the cityscape

The opening last night of the Shard at London Bridge has prompted a fierce debate about whether a building of this size, and with this set of purposes and values, is really appropriate for London in 2012.

London's brand new £60m 'flying bus' route opens

Having been waved off by a group of north London delicatessen workers, one of a rotating smorgasboard of sectional groups beaming out from an enormous screen in the “terminal building”, a jolt of acceleration begins one's journey on London's brand new £60m flying bus route. “You are cruising at an altitude of 295 feet. Please remain seated at all times,” informs the piped in stewardess.

Markel signs up as first Walkie-Talkie tenant

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper in London has its first major tenant after Markel signed up yesterday.

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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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