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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee