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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".

Obituary: Dame Isabel Graham Bryce

It was for her work on the Oxford Regional Hospital Board (1963- 72) and also for her chairmanship of the National Nursing Staff Committee (1967-75) that Isabel Graham Bryce was, in 1968, appointed DBE. In her long working life, she set herself goals which were beyond mere personal ambition: she took an intense and genuine interest in the welfare of others, high and low, and she applied a systematic approach - derived, no doubt, from her early scientific training - to achieve what she saw as right and fitting.

How to gain balance

Companies are yearning for better ways to decide strategy. Roger Trapp treads the path to the wider perspective

Study links passive smoking with coronary problems

A ground-breaking study by researchers at Harvard University has found that regular exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke will almost double a person's risk of having a heart attack.

The big boys' blood money

An American company is selling the right to use stem cells - vital components in the fight against blood disorders. What's wrong with that? Plenty, say scientists who plan to block the enterprise. By Charles Arthur

The very latest way to have a baby by mistake

Long ago it was crocodile dung. Yesterday, it was the Pill. Today, Persona. Glenda Cooper on the quest for a perfect contraceptive

Student hanged herself before finals

A brilliant Oxford University student used a cord to hang herself just weeks before she was due to take her final exams, an inquest heard yesterday.

Letter: At risk of baffling everyone

One reason why experts and the public disagree about what is risky is that experts focus on objective measurables such as mortality rates while the public also give weight to what is novel, dreaded or seen as uncontrollable (Lewis Wolpert, Review, 6 April). Arguably, therefore, the public has a richer concept of risk. Am I irrational to fear what is new or horrible or out of control more than what is established, accepted and understood?

Gross natural products

Richard Davenport-Hines defines the yuck factor

Tiny machines will be able to build themselves

How do you build a micro-machine whose components are thousands of times smaller than a pinhead? The answer, according to American scientists, is that you don't - you let them build themselves.

Confessions of a company 'lifer'

THE MONDAY INTERVIEW Gordon Campbell : Head of Courtaulds talks to Tom Stevenson

How to be smarter with the same brain

Early intensive education can increase a child's IQ by 30 points, say proponents of accelerated learning. Maureen O'Connor reports

Not up to scratch

Liz Hodgkinson tried vitamins, creams and minerals on her problem nails. She finally found a remedy at the beauty salon

The day Elvis was all shook up

Stephen Brenkley tells the heartbreak of a cox for whom the perfect stage was set

Lizard puts man in the shade with ability to walk on water

Walking on water is scientifically possible, two American researchers have established, but only lizards can do it - and the lizards are really walking on air.

Jury still out on benefits of coffee

Women who drink coffee are less likely to commit suicide than those who do not, suggests a study published today. But the author says the results may not be significant, because doctors might have told depressed patients not to drink coffee, a factor that was not studied.
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