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One of Britain's biggest technology success stories, Blinkx, saw its shares collapse by as much as 50 per cent yesterday after it was accused by a Harvard professor of "sneaking on to users' computers and defrauding advertisers".

In the trenches in France in 1916

A most surprising peacenik: Historian Niall Ferguson says Britain should have stayed out of WWI

The Harvard University professor says the country paid too high a price in terms of the lives lost and the vast debts that were run up during the conflict

Facebook revenue up 63 per cent thanks to massive increase in mobile advertising

Revenue jumped 63% to $2.59 billion in the fourth quarter, beating analysts’ expectation

Learning absolute pitch could be as easy as swallowing a pill

A Harvard University professor has used an epilepsy drug to reawaken a period of brain plasticity previously only seen in children

View to a Bill: Clinton during his year at Oxford

The 2014 Rhodes scholars - stars in the making?

With alumni including prime ministers, pop stars and at least one president who never learned to inhale, how will the Rhodes scholars of 2014 compare?

Grieving relatives and crime victims are among millions of people forced to pay premium rates to ring government helplines, a parliamentary committee reported

Cheating students 'more likely to want a job in Government'

It’s what anti-establishment campaigners have long suspected: the Government is a magnet for corruption.

Doris Lessing: British Nobel Laureate author dies, aged 94

The British Nobel Laureate author, who wrote The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, had a writing career spanning more than 60 years

Places such as Leigh Creek have suffered from extreme weather; more than 123 heat records were broken in Australia last summer

He called climate change ‘crap’ – now Australia’s new Prime Minister abolishes watchdog

Eminent scientist is sacked as Tony Abbott fulfils election pledge to streamline bureaucracy

Researchers hope this implant will instruct immune cells to home in on and kill cancer cells

Tiny implant which battles skin cancer to begin human trials

Cancer Research UK says that the technique shows 'real potential'

Scientists have demonstrated that concerns over money can lower your IQ

Too broke to think straight? How money worries can dent your intelligence

People faced with unexpected bill perform worse than they would have done without the financial worry

Microsoft shares soar on news of boss ‘Monkey Boy’ Steve Ballmer's impending retirement

News of a change at the top sends the software behemoth’s shares soaring

Skipping breakfast can increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 27 per cent

Skipping your breakfast can increase the risk of heart attack by almost 30%

Study shows a morning meal is needed to take the body out of its  protective ‘fasting state’

John Martorano: The hitman served 12 years in jail after confessing to 20 murders

Whitey Bulger 'broke my heart', former hitman tells Boston court

John Martorano turns on legendary Boston mobster for turning informant for the FBI

They've finally found Abraham Lincoln's maths homework

Abe Lincoln's maths homework found in Harvard University archives

They've finally found Abraham Lincoln's maths homework. It shows he was a bit of a whizz at numbers, but it appears "Honest Abe" may not have been entirely truthful about his schooling. The two pages suggest the 16th US president, who was known to downplay his formal education, may have spent more time in school than he claimed.

TED conference censorship row

With over 500 million YouTube views, TED Talks have attracted guest speakers such as Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Julian Assange and in the process, made conferences cool again.

The judge sided with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Contract in Facebook lawsuit is faked, says judge

A New York man's multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook should be dismissed, a judge said.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?