News The life expectancy of baby girls born in some parts of England has exceeded 100 years for the first time

Children born in one northern town can reportedly expect – on average – to live to 105

Google was initially based in a garage but now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 global locations

Internet giant Google celebrates 15th birthday

Firm was initially based in a garage but now has more than 70 offices in more than 40 global locations

Jim Armitage: How to prevent private sector providers from bleeding us taxpayers dry

The John Lewis Partnership is as bourgeois as summer holidays in Provence

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Is telecoms giant Nokia finally back on form? New Lumia 925 launched in UK in battle against Samsung and Apple

Nokia unveiled a new flagship metallic Windows phone, featuring a hi-tech SmartCam which can takes 10 images at once, as it battles to wrestle market share back from Samsung and Apple.

The ‘Unrulyversity’ classes follow five formats and seek to bridge the gap between business and academia – while sitting on comfy sofas

Pop along for an education

Helena Pozniak signs up for an unruly university class for entrepreneurs

Case study: ‘I wanted to get the right job’

Paul Jaffe, Property valuation and law graduate

James Ashton: London needs to woo the students, too

All this talk about whether London will really reap much of an economic benefit from the Games makes me think back to a speech given as the Olympic flame arrived at City Hall.

Waist-height ratio is 'best test of obesity'

There is more than one way to know whether you’re dangerously fat or not, but put down your calculator as new research suggests that the humble measuring tape is all you need.

'Unfair' annuities cost elderly dear

Millions of private-sector workers saving for their retirement are at the mercy of a "hugely unfair annuity system" which lops up to £1bn off their combined pension incomes every year, according to leading pensions experts.

Stefan Stern: Note to the GCSE generation: time to factor out The X Factor

As pupils pick up their exam results today, it would bebetter to offer them a more meaningful vision of what working life involves than this overlit, overloud spectacle

Stefan Stern: Marx was right about change

Even now, political leaders are advocating wholly orthodox approaches to managing deficits and currency volatility

Cuts will cost charities £3bn over five years

Voluntary organisation calls for ‘informed debate’ on the future of services

Build a better future for your business and for you

The UK economy seems to be in a period of very slow growth or possibly even stagnation. At the same time, the Government is repeatedly reminding us that smaller businesses will be the engines of growth and job creation in the recovery.

Evidence grows that sport is a productive path for dyslexics

Tom Lewis's show at the Open boosts the theory of a link between on-field success and the medical condition

It needn't cost you a penny to give to charity

Charities are suffering from shrinking donations, but you can still help good causes even if you think you can't afford to
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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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