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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.

Dmitri Nabokov: Editor who guarded his father's legacy

Dmitri Nabokov, the son of the Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, tried to escape the shadow of his father's legacy, pursuing interests as diverse as opera singing and racing-car driving. But it was to the translation, preservation and championing of his father's work that he returned time and again.

Zuckerberg cash bonanza as Facebook floats

What is expected to be the largest technology flotation in history was last night generating the kind of investor frenzy not seen since the days of the dotcom bubble.

The Reading List: Family memoirs


'My Father's Fortune' by Michael Frayn, Faber & Faber, £15.99

Winner of last week's PEN prize, Michael Frayn's atmospheric memoir traces his family lineage, from his grandparents through to his father, a builders' commercial traveller and perennial odd one out. Rich in domestic detail, the work is beautifully crafted and elegantly written.

Plan to treat 'super-carriers' offers new hope

One in four people infected with the Aids virus in Southern Africa are hyper-infectious super-carriers, scientists at Harvard University have discovered. By targeting these individuals for treatment, the scientists hope it may be possible to counter the rising number of new HIV infections in the worst-affected parts of the world in what could be a major breakthrough in the fight against the spread of Aids.

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When 'bad' foods turn good

We may think we know what to avoid – but when it comes to diet, the rules are rarely that simple. By Roger Dobson