Asian tycoon Li Ka-Shing’s empire takes up to £630m from blackout energy firm

The Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing’s offshore-controlled family companies could have channelled as much as £630m in the past three years out of the UK electricity distribution network blamed for the Christmas blackouts.

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Zollman spoke at least six languages and had an exceptional ear for metre

Peter Zollman: Scientist who worked on the Channel Tunnel and translated into English the verse of his native Hungary

When the two ends of the Channel Tunnel met in 1990, the moment was marked by a shaking of hands between a construction worker from France and one from England, followed by a mutual crossing of hundreds of workers. The man who enabled that meeting to take place through the production of special laser guidance equipment was Peter Zollman, a Hungarian refugee from the 1956 revolution, who was only 25 when he arrived in England with a degree in electrical engineering and who went on to win three Queen's Awards for technological innovation and export in the industry.

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Arsenal injury woe as Mourinho ramps up pressure on City

The 'body atlas' shows where people feel certain emotions, regardless of their backgrounds, according to a new study

Racing pulse, glowing cheeks and a heavy heart: ‘Body atlas’ heatmaps reveal where we feel different emotions

Study shows how humans all feel certain emotions in specific body parts, regardless of language or location

A giant sink hole has opened in Derbyshire

130-ft-deep sink-hole in Derbyshire caused by Christmas storms

Torrential rain has caused the enormous ditch to appear in the Peak District 

A train leaves Saltcoats station as a large wave crashes nearby on December 27, 2013 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Severe weather warnings have been issued for many parts of Scotland as the country is affected by gale force winds and heavy rain

UK weather: More flooding and disruption expected as latest storm hits Britain

Heavy rain and gales to sweep across country today as temperatures drop below freezing

Sean Matthews clears Christmas decorations and personal belongings from his home in Yalding, Kent, after it was flooded during the recent bad weather

More bad weather threatens further floods as thousands STILL without power

Another band of heavy rain and strong winds is expected on Monday and New Years Eve, bringing further floods and disruption

Costa Concordia insurance claim bill to rise to £1.2bn

Claims from the Costa Concordia disaster are set to break through the $2bn (£1.2bn) barrier next year because of difficulties experts have faced salvaging the 114,500-ton liner, insurance experts warned today.

A man paddles through the flood waters in Yalding

UK weather: Festive misery continues for thousands as homes flooded and left without electricity

The UK has been battered by bad weather for a fourth day with thousands of homes still without electricity and over 50 flood warnings in place

Kalashnikov with his creation, the most successful assault rifle ever made

Is Mikhail Kalashnikov in Hell? The man was confident he would not go there

World view: When I met him, his Siberian eyes were as alert as a wolf’s; he was brash, tough, unashamed. I guess he had to be

Mayhew, right, meets Sir Winston Churchill in 1954, when Churchill was the Chancellor of Bristol University

Yon Mayhew: Scientist who co-wrote the seminal text on engineering thermodynamics and was hailed as an inspirational teacher

Yon Mayhew was the author, with his colleague Gordon Rogers, of the bestselling textbook Engineering Thermodynamics, Work and Heat Transfer. Published in 1957, it quickly became known as “Rogers and Mayhew”, and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, remarkable for a university text in a specialist subject. It remains the standard text on university engineering courses, and most practising mechanical engineers will have a copy on their shelves. 

An ambulance on route to a 999 call heads into flood water at Polhill in Kent with help from men in a white jeep in front

UK Power Networks offers to pay for Christmas dinner after supplies cut off

A major power company is offering to pay for Christmas dinner in local pubs or restaurants for people whose supplies remain cut off today.

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Mikhail Kalashnikov dies: Five quick-fire facts about the AK-47 inventor

As the Russian engineer passes away, aged 94, here are five quick-fire facts to get you up to bullet-speed, pronto

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