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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.

Michelin's missing windows – the Australian connection

Michelin has been searching for months for the original stained glass windows fitted to its former UK headquarters at Michelin House in London, now partly occupied by Sir Terence Conran's Bibendum restaurant (see http://ind.pn/cp4zaD)

Liverpool squad depth a major issue says John W Henry

Owner John Henry admits the depth of the Liverpool squad was one of his primary concerns when Fenway Sports Group bought the club last year.

Microsoft takes Google complaint to Europe

Following a decade of battles with the European Commission, Microsoft has surprised the market by calling on its old foe to rein in Google, claiming the search engine giant was engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World, By Angela Saini

The average Indian teenager of my time would have sold his grandmother (with her enthusiastic consent) for a place in the fabled Indian Institute of Technology or even a medical school – and then, more often than not, left for some worthy but intellectually undemanding job in the West. Make up your own list of Indians who have had a global impact and there will be few scientists on it. Indian artists, writers and social scientists have achieved vastly more, and for a fraction of the state investment that has gone into science and technology. Has Indian science ever produced a Ravi Shankar or, for that matter, a Raj Kapoor?

Gates is a ruthless schemer, says his Microsoft co-founder

Bill Gates is a ruthless schemer who demeaned his employees and conspired to rip off his business partner, according to a memoir written by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

England have 50-over ability insists Jonathan Trott

England have a date with destiny against West Indies tomorrow - but win or lose in their crunch World Cup match, Jonathan Trott is convinced they are capable of future limited-overs glories.

Battle of browsers heats up with IE9

As Microsoft launches the latest version of its web browser, Nick Clark looks at a market that is more competitive than ever

Business Diary: Blame Beale for Britain's woes

We know the Government and the BBC do not always see eye-to-eye, but this is getting bit silly – apparently, the corporation is to blame for the fact that Britain is short of the entrepreneurs it so badly needs. Research commissioned by the Small Business minister, Mark Prisk, reveals that Ian Beale – he's a rather unsavoury character in EastEnders in case you're not familiar with the soap opera – is the best-known small businessman on telly and that his negative image is giving entrepreneurs a bad name. More positive role models are needed to encourage people, Mr Prisk adds.

Fast-mover Kinect breaks record

The Microsoft Kinect has overtaken the iPhone and iPad to become the fastest selling consumer electronics device on record.

British Sea Power, Forum, London

The stage is filled with amps, microphones, musical instruments and trees. An old film is rolling in the background, the members of British Sea Power getting off a train, mumbling something indecipherable and walking off screen. Moments later, the Brighton six-piece emerge, utter a brief "hello" and launch straight into their set, their barrier-hugging acolytes' screams of excitement matching the band's first tracks decibel for decibel.

View from the ground at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase 2011

Microsoft’s line-up of Xbox 360, Kinect and Windows Mobile games

Our Private Life, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London

One of the hottest tickets in Theatreland at the moment is The Children's Hour with Keira Knightley, but Our Private Life, by Colombian author Pedro Miguel Rozo, knocks spots off Lillian Hellman's 1934 analysis of the destructive effects of false rumour. It has the wonderfully frisky, darkly droll elan of an early Almodóvar movie and shows how scandal can flush out discomfiting underlying truths.

Why men are the losers in economic revolution

After decades in which women have borne a disproportionate burden of unhappiness owing to a lack of opportunities outside the home, poor economic prospects and the pressures of running a family, the scales are about to be tipped in their favour. Men are the ones who face a "depressing future", researchers say.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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