News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

Fehily's return delayed as jumps get back in business

Daily familiarity with hazard and frustration nurtures the stoic in every jumps professional, but this early intrusion of winter has tested the patience of many. There will be relief and gratitude, then, when the frost blankets are dragged off Cheltenham this morning.

Audio books for Christmas: I've heard so much about you

Old (and new) favourites excel in their aural exam

DVD: Restrepo (15)

The British photojournalist Tim Hetherington and the US reporter Sebastian Junger excel themselves in this frank portrayal of life on the ground in the US war on terror.

Microsoft: Next-gen Xbox 'not imminent'

Microsoft is not considering an imminent launch of a next-generation Xbox, saying Kinect is effectively the company's new console.

London protests: This time the anger did not spiral out of control

They weren't as numerous this time nor were they as successful; the minority of students who wanted to bring violence to central London became locked in battle of wills against a strengthened police presence they had little hope of defeating.

Lara backs Australia to pile on pressure

Legend believes home advantage will be key – and a battle of pace not spin

Hold The Back Page: 20/11/2010

Nick Easter to captain England against Samoa

Nick Easter will captain England in Saturday's Investec Test against Samoa after manager Martin Johnson made four changes from the team that beat Australia.

Microsoft sells 1m Kinects in 10 days

Microsoft sold more than one million of its Kinect controller-free gaming systems within 10 days of the launch, which bodes well for the software giant's target of selling five million units by the end of the year.

Michelin wants its windows back

The tyre-maker Michelin has issued an amnesty which it hopes will lead to the return of three striking stained glass windows which once graced the Michelin House building in London.

Government may bring back old-fashioned primary school teaching

A return to traditional old-fashioned primary schooling of the 1950's could be on the cards as a result of the Coalition Government's education reforms, according to the head of a major review of the primary schooling.

Microsoft's Kinect to take on Wii

Microsoft aims to challenge the dominance of Nintendo's Wii games machine with the launch of Kinect next week.

Games review: Cameras, kicks, and (voice) commands with Microsoft’s Kinect

After all the rumour, conjecture and name changes (does Natal ring a bell?), to finally see Microsoft’s sleek, black, motion control device in its release form and, better yet, to have the chance to put it through it’s paces was something of a relief.

Hands-on parenting: Big mother is watching you

What do your children do all day? A new device can tell you – but it takes hands-on parenting to the extreme, says Jonathan Brown

Stephen Foley: Forget the laughs, just put it right

US Outlook: Please. No more colloquial, whimsical error messages. For those of us on a short fuse when it comes to dealing with computers, there is only one thing more enraging than a website service interruption or a software bug – and that is a cutesy attempt to paper over the failure.

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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