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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".

Brain seizures could cause random murder

Science: Little-known mental condition triggered by memory could cause a psychotic reaction. Reports by Tom Wilkie

The future is pointy for mobile phonies

BRITAIN'S five million mobile telephone users may soon literally be talking through their hats, if Harvard University scientists have their way.

Not simply a black and white issue

There is nothing wrong with an admissions policy that favours minorities if it is properly targeted, says Lucy Hodges

All ears at Harvard for extra-terrestrials

If ET should phone home today, scientists at Harvard University in the United States have a billion electronic ears ready to listen in to his conversation.

OBITUARY: Milton Katz

Milton Katz was one of the talented generation of academics who left America's great universities to serve first Roosevelt's New Deal, then the war effort, and finally the reconstruction of post-war Europe.

UFO prof could find himself alienated

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Rainforests are losing three species every hour American Association for the Advancement of Science

At least three species are becoming extinct each hour in the tropical rainforests, according to a new analysis of man-made extinction by a leading scientist.

BOOK REVIEW / Three stages to creating a pregnant future: 'Competing for the Future' - Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad: Harvard Business School, 21.95 pounds

Any company that cannot imagine the future won't be around to enjoy it' is the challenge issued by Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad in introducing their handbook for those who are 'unafraid to challenge orthodoxy'.

Bunhill: Bright future for Alain de Botton

LAST week saw the publication of The Romantic Movement, the second novel from a fellow called Alain de Botton. Does the surname sound familiar?

Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission has awarded scholarships for study in the United States during 1994 / 95 to the following British postgraduate students:

Obituary: David Fleeman

John David Fleeman, literary scholar and bibliographer: born Holme upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire 19 July 1932; Hyde Fellow in Bibliography, Harvard University 1964-65; Fellow and Tutor in English Literature and Language, Pembroke College, Oxford 1965-94, Vice-Master 1991-93; President, Johnson Society of Lichfield 1971-72, Johnson Club 1972-73, Oxford Bibliographical Society 1984-88; married 1957 Isabella Macaskill; died Oxford 20 July 1994.

Obituary: Professor Harry Levin

Harry Tuchman Levin, scholar of comparative literature: born Minneapolis 18 July 1912; instructor/tutor in English, Harvard University 1939-44, assistant professor 1944-48, professor 1948-54, professor of English and comparative literature 1954-60, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature 1960-83 (Emeritus); married 1939 Elena Ivanovna Zarudnaya (one daughter); died Cambridge, Massachusetts 29 May 1994.

Obituary: Douglas Bryant

Douglas Wallace Bryant, librarian: born Visalia, California 20 June 1913: attache, US Embassy, London 1949-52; Associate Director, Harvard University Library 1955-64, University Librarian, Harvard 1964-72, Director, University Library 1972-79; married 1953 Rene Kuhn (one daughter); died Boston, Massachusetts 12 June 1994.

Saturday Night: Is this a wise investment?

Eight hundred people sit in the cavernous sanctity of the Union Chapel, a neo-Gothic church in Islington, waiting for answers.

Letter: In a woman's world

Sir: Well done to John Torode ('Women can run the world, too', 3 June) for pointing out that the Shirley Williamses and Lynda Chalkers of this world are ready, willing and able to take up hitherto male-held jobs such as the presidency of the European Commission. I do, however, disagree with his assertion that 'women would not bring a distinctive, feminine style to international affairs'.
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