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, Red Cross and UN sucked into global news fixing row

Investigation by The Independent reveals conflict of interests over coverage promised by media firm to software giant

Letter from the editor: News that took a holiday

Certain members of the i office have returned a little too full of holiday cheer and, as I type, are abusing office hours to test their free subscription to that dating site, which sent us the cupcakes.

The Business On... Ashley Highfield, CEO-designate, Johnston Press

When is he due to start? He must be excited?

GCSEs 2011 - Cumulative percentages of UK subject results by grade and by gender (Excel)

Provisional GCSE (Full Course) Results (All UK Candidates)

Video: 'Monster' hail storm in China

Hail stones the size of rice bowls rain down on cars and smash their windows.

Consumer rights: I need a tenant but want to avoid lettings agents

Renting out a property involves a multitude of time-consuming duties. If you are short of time and confidence it can pay to bring in the professionals

Team GB excel in Weymouth at Olympic test event

Two more medals were won by Team GBR at the official Olympic test event in Weymouth, meaning that the target of four has already been achieved and there are chances for still more, not least from reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie.

DVD: Whisky Galore! (PG)

In a wretched week for DVD releases, raise a glass to this delightful Ealing comedy from 1949.

Cyberclinic: This hoax revealed our nasty browser prejudice

No one likes being called stupid, particularly by hoaxers masquerading as a Canadian psychometric testing company. Users of Internet Explorer (IE) were up in arms this week over the contents of a widely reported study which indicated that they performed worse in IQ tests than users of other web browsers.

Business Diary: Footballers with a social conscience

Derby County know a thing or two about chasing lost causes, but full marks to them for supporting a struggling local business. Its players will take to the pitch on Saturday with shirts bearing the slogan "save our rail industry": it's a sign of solidarity with Bombardier workers at the Derby factory who are losing their jobs after the company missed out on a lucrative Government order last month. Manager Nigel Clough is even dedicating his column in the programme to the issue.

Carpetright has to cut prices in tough market

Carpetright, the UK's biggest floor-coverings retailer, gave warning yesterday it expects trading conditions to remain tough as it reported a 0.2 per cent decline in like-for-like sales.

Stephen Foley: The man from Auntie could save Johnston

Outlook Ashley Highfield's career took a turn for the disappointing after the end of Project Kangaroo, but he has bounced back.

Johnston Press goes digital with Highfield

The regional newspaper publisher Johnston Press surprised the market yesterday with the appointment of Ashley Highfield, the architect behind the launch of the BBC's iPlayer, as its new chief executive.

Letters: Hacking - Brooks payoff is a disgrace

It is disgraceful that having presided over a culture of criminality at News International that Rebekah Brooks walks away with such an obscene amount of money (Report, 16 July).

RAF unveils largest ever aircraft

The RAF's largest ever aircraft was officially named Voyager today at a ceremony attended by the Defence Secretary.

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