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'Suicide squads' paid huge sums amid fresh fears for nuclear site

The radioactive core in one reactor at Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear power plant appeared to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel, an expert warned yesterday, sparking fears that workers would not be able to save the reactor and that radioactive gases could soon be released into the atmosphere.

Japan prepares to restart work at nuclear plant

Surging radiation levels forced Japan to order emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from its crippled nuclear plant today, losing time in a desperate operation to cool the overheating reactors — the most urgent crisis from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Follow the cash diet

Can't lose weight? What if the NHS paid you for every pound shed? Money can can work where willpower fails, discovers Jeremy Laurance

YouTube to post full-length MGM films on site

YouTube, the largest video-sharing website, will show full-length television shows and films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's archives in its latest step to boost advertising revenue by adding professional programming, the company said.

Spielberg's firm seals split from film giant

The principals behind DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures sealed their parting of ways yesterday, allowing the DreamWorks studio to tie up with Reliance ADA Group of India to start a new film company.

The texan oil baron and the winds of change

T Boone Pickens was the ultimate Texan oil tycoon. Then he saw the light: the green light. Now he's at the forefront of a revolution that has turned the Lone Star state into the US's biggest producer of wind power. And, he says, that's just the start

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