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.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8

Microsoft has let consumers start trying out its upcoming touch-based Windows 8 operating system, which aims to power a new wave of computer tablets and traditional PCs designed to counter Apple's big gains in the market through its Macs and iPads.

Tomorrow's world: How to invest like a futurologist

Instead of trying to predict the next 12 months, it might be more effective to look further into the future.

Stephen Foley: Amazon really does have to hit the high street

US Outlook: Will Amazon take on Apple on the high street? The answer is, it must.

Scarlett Johansson performing at Coachella in 2007

Say the words, Scarlett, and just leave the music

Remember Once, the charming, low-budget film about an Irish busker and a Czech cleaner who meet and make beautiful music together?

US basketball strike costs Compass

The 149-day strike by US basketball stars this autumn disrupted more than just the NBA season: Compass, the world's biggest caterer, yesterday admitted the lock-down would cost it £30m this year.

Younes Kaboul beats Louis Saha to a header in the league game last month – now they are team-mates

Saha looks a good fit for Tottenham, says Kaboul

Defender hails 11th-hour loan deal for veteran striker after Spurs hit top gear again against Wigan

Letters: information technology

Why the 'I' in IT is so important
Brendan Rodgers has found unlikely room for manouevre at Swansea

Robin Scott-Elliot: How Rodgers has rewritten the rules of office politics

The Last Word: Ferguson’s office is available as a jigsaw in 300 pieces. Rodgers’ could be done in four

Computing experts welcome ICT shake-up

Computing and videogame experts have welcomed the proposed shake-up in the way computing is taught in UK schools.

Microsoft may follow Apple's lead and skip Las Vegas gadget show

Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, will open the annual festival of gadgetry which is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tonight, but it will be for the last time.

Microsoft sues Comet over counterfeit Windows CDs

Microsoft said it is suing the UK's second-largest electricals retailer Comet for allegedly creating and selling "counterfeit" recovery CDs of its flagship Windows operating system.

Bill Gates and China may build nuclear reactor

Computing billionaire Bill Gates has confirmed he is discussing developing a new and safer kind of nuclear reactor with China.

Ian Burrell: MSN whips up a light mix of news with icing on the top

For several years, Microsoft has been trying to establish itself as a player in the news information business. Its MSN site attracts an impressive 28 million unique UK visitors each month, according to ComScore, putting it in third place, behind Google and Facebook.

Ian Burrell: Entertainment, lifestyle and cars spearhead the new MSN makeover

Viewpoint: The simplified site will focus on five areas, of which two will need to be news and sport
Work begins on the Ringers' courtyard garden

Court in the act: How one couple transformed an empty courtyard into a designer space

The courtyard, or rather doing the courtyard, was a very generous 40th birthday present from Jonathon Ringer to his wife Vanessa. The Ringers and their three children moved into their house on the Kent/Sussex borders two years ago. Vanessa is a keen and knowledgeable gardener, but given the number of things that needed sorting out inside the house, the outside could not be a priority. Until now.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003