Review: Dead Interview, By Dan Crowe

A set of encounters between living writers and their deceased heroes is revelatory

<p>Optical fibres</p>
<p>The internet is a truly incredibly thing, but we all hate it when it works too slowly. That’s where optical fibres come in. Made of a high quality extruded glass called silica, they guide light through a process of refraction, and in doing so are able to transmit bandwidths at a remarkably high speed and over remarkably long distances. As such, they are used in telecommunications and computer networking to speed up internet connections, able to do so due to the fact that the total internal refraction of light means very little data is lost. And the best thing about optical fibres is when at Imperial College London they were first demonstrated to be able to ‘bend’ light by Harold Hopkins and Narinder Kapany, dubbed the ‘founding father of fibre optics’.</p>

10 amazing discoveries that emerged from research at British universities

10 UK discoveries made by UK universities that we guarantee will have changed your life

Apple wins $290m in damages from Samsung in patent infringement case

Final end to a year-long dispute brings Samsung's total damages owed to a total of $930 million

Sex app notifies you when you have an STI

Hula helps you find a testing centre, download your results and tell other sexual partners if you have tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease

GoldieBlox: the engineering toys for girls that aim to 'level the playing field'

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The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, centre, will promise to underwrite the building of several new towns

Labour pledges billions to build 200,000 new homes per year if it wins next election

The  programme would also provide a stimulus for the economy and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry

OUTLOOK: The Faustian pact behind Royal Mail's cheap sell-off

Outlook While MPs might not be much loved, there aren't many who won't cheer them on when they're monstering bankers.

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will undergo drastic changes

Olympic Stadium to have roof fitted before West Ham move in

£200m is being spent on the redevelopment of the stadium in Stratford

Eliza Manningham-Buller, former head of MI5

Former MI5 head Eliza Manningham Buller takes hotseat as guest editor of Today programme on Radio 4

After months of concern over interference in the media by the intelligence services, the BBC has invited the former head of the security service MI5 to be guest editor of the Today programme.

Andy McSmith's Diary: It’s time to stop invoking old treaties and let Gibraltar decide for itself

“Spain does not seem to be aware of the Treaty of Utrecht,” the Labour MP Jim Dobbin claimed, introducing a “debate” on Spain and Gibraltar in the Commons. I put “debate” in quotation marks, because the word implies a contest between different points of view. In the UK, politicians never actually debate Gibraltar: they assert that it is ours and that Spain should leave off. That message was repeated when the Spanish ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office.

TV Review - Light and Dark, BBC 4

Jim Al-Khalili's new two-part physics documentary Light and Dark had a scope that seemed just a little ambitious for two hours of television. "Light and Dark is essentially the story of everything we know and everything we don't know about our universe." So that's pretty much everything, then, Jim? Yet rather than the confusion of ideas you might expect, Al-Khalili's documentary illuminated a scientific story with its own, rather beautiful, internal logic.

Bitcoin price: exchange rate soars above $600 ahead of US Senate hearing

Letter from US Federal Reserve chairman highlights the "long-term promise" of virtual currencies

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 v Xbox One: 'Look at me' generation gets dream consoles

Gamers will now be able to upload video of themselves as they play

Dragon flies: Toby Faletau dives over to score Wales’ second try in yesterday’s win over Argentina

Wales 40 Argentina 6 match report: Wales finally blossom in autumn to leave Pumas in the shade

Revenge is sweet as record win ends four-year run without a November victory for Warren Gatland's side

Troll dolls

Let me introduce you to my trolls

It’s flattering to think they regard the right to follow me on Twitter as a basic civil right

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