News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Father of the Internet

Imagine that a decade ago you had invented the World Wide Web. By now you would be a billionaire of Bill Gates proportions, right? Wrong. Tamsin Todd talks to Tim Berners-Lee, the unassuming Englishman who created the Web and remains true to its non-proprietary principles

On your wavelength

Don't thump your PC when it crashes, just frown at it. In the future, says HESTER LACEY, your computer will tune into your mood

Network: The secret of Silicon Valley? We all have an axe to grind

I'M SITTING in the Silicon Valley morning-commute traffic on Sand Hill Road, thinking about the Internet and life. My morning paper had seen fit to headline a story "Internet: dream or nightmare?", and started my internal wheels turning.

Brain divides to perform maths

PEOPLE USE one of two distinct parts of the brain to perform mathematical tasks, depending on whether they are making exact calculations or rough estimates. Scientists have found that one of the brain regions is linked closely with language and is good for precise calculations while the other is better at estimating numbers using more visual information.

Education: Your views: The Prof must look deeper

In his inaugural speech Professor Cannadine did not mention, let alone propose, a new "University of Bloomsbury". However, Birkbeck would oppose any proposal that ignores the transformation of the University of London from a massive, clumsy, centralised system to a flourishing federation. The best way to strengthen our excellence in the humanities and in other areas is to build upon our ability to offer joint London degrees and create even more research alliances between the colleges. The history of successful US institutions, such as MIT or Harvard, provides no evidence for arbitrarily merging physically proximate institutions.

Organs grown in the lab

REPLACEMENT BODY parts might one day be grown in the laboratory, solving the shortage of donor organs for transplant, an expert said yesterday.

Academia - a case of US and them

The leading historian David Cannadine warned last night that British universities have fallen way behind American ones: chronically underfunded, their academics are less confident, creative or imaginative.

The secret of genius is very hard work

Mathematical Notes

Obituary: Professor Henry W. Kendall

HENRY W. KENDALL, together with his colleagues Richard E. Taylor and Jerome I. Friedman, won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for experiments which proved the existence of fundamental building bricks, called quarks, as constituents of the neutron and proton of everyday matter.

World's oldest rocks found in Canada

THEY MAY look like a pile of old rubble, but for geologists the grey-black stones found inCanada have turned out to be the oldest rocks in the world.

Microchip could replace medicine

AMERICAN SCIENTISTS are developing a "smart" tablet - a microchip packed with drugs rather than data - to replace painful injections, bulky pills and foul-tasting medicines.

Giant sea gates can save Venice

EXPERTS FROM the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say the only way to save Venice from high tides are giant flood gates.

Obituary: Jon Postel

THE COMPUTER scientist Jon Postel was one of the "fathers of the Internet".

Obituary: Professor William E. Griffith

"ZBIG'S IDEA man" was how one White House aide described William E. Griffith when he worked as an adviser to President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Heart fear for dieters' drug

SMITHKLINE BEECHAM and Medeva, two of the UK's leading pharmaceutical groups, were locked in a bitter row last night with two US researchers who have alleged that one of their diet drugs could cause heart and lung problems.
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin