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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".

Women's history finds a home

WANTED: ONE feisty female (extraordinary man considered) to run Britain's first National Library of Women.

Obituary: Rebecca Elson

REBECCA ELSON was a distinguished astronomer and a well-known poet.

Classical: On The Air

ONE OF the best focused strands in the BBC's Sounding the Century project is the Sunday afternoon programme on Radio 3 which compiles works which were first performed in a particular year. The presenter, who also chooses the music, has to make a judgement about historical significance. The Year is a sort of sketch of music history, unlike those millennial league tables of "top" musicians or musical works, which are merely a game.

Letter: Taken for a ride

Letter: Taken for a ride

Classical music: A spiritual vision devoid of lightness

SINFONIA 21 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Investment: Self-knowledge is the key to success

TO BE brought face to face with one's own inadequacies is never comfortable but, when it comes to investing money, there is a strong case for saying that knowing your own capabilities (or lack of them) is at least as important as technical skills, such as the ability to read a balance sheet, or to calculate rates of return.

Pot shards challenge history of writing

ARCHAEOLOGISTS believe they may have found the earliest example of writing in primitive inscriptions etched on to fragments of ancient pottery at a site in Pakistan.

Books: Protestant despondency

Was the Reformation a calamity for Europe, and its maker? Karen Armstrong on a flawed hero

Science: A race of potato-heads

New research argues that the consumption of cooked vegetables is the source of our large brains. By Steve Connor

This is a potty situation, surely?

The sponge space-cake was delicious, as were the filo parcels with ricotta, basil and bud

Friday Book: Sex and the Samoans

The Fateful Hoaxing Of Margaret Mead By Derek Freeman, Westview Press, pounds 16.50

Obituary: Dr Paul Zoll

PAUL ZOLL made decisive contributions to treatment of life- threatening cardiac arrhythmias by the invention and successful application in humans of the cardiac pacemaker, cardiac defibrillator, and cardiac monitoring in the 1950s. His discoveries saved and improved the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

Sweetest recipe for a longer life

LIFE IS SWEET - and about to get sweeter for chocoholics, now that doctors have shown that they can live longer if they indulge their desires.

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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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