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Why sloths descend from the safety of the trees once a week to go to the toilet has baffled scientists - but one specialist thinks he has the answer

Gloomy view at China Clays

Investment Column

Why we must be stewards of our soil

Managing this neglected resource is vital to our future, says John Houghton

Builders warn of jobs collapse and slump in profits

Construction crunch: Tarmac and Wimpey confirm asset swap but prepare to add to the half-a-million jobs lost in the industry since 1990

Letter: 'Cleansing' in West Papua

From The Rev Dr C. Garland and Mrs N. Garland

Tarmac swaps houses for roads

TOM STEVENSON

Beleaguered Wimpey warns on profits

TOM STEVENSON

Builders on shaky foundations

The Investment Column

War paint

War paint

T&N haunted by asbestos liability

BY TOM STEVENSON

Wimpey seeks alliance

George Wimpey, the construction group, hinted strongly yesterday that it sees a strategic contracting partnership with a rival as the way to earn decent returns from the ravaged British building industry.

ABP delivers 29% profits leap

BY MARTIN FLANAGAN

McAlpine sells quarries unit

Alfred McAlpine, the construction group, is to sell Alfred McAlpine Minerals to Wimpey Minerals, a subsidiary of George Wimpey, for £43.5m in a move reinforcing McAlpine's focus on construction and housebuilding.

Names group talks of secret deficit

The Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee looking into self-regulation at Lloyd's was told by the Lloyd's Names Defence Association yesterday that the closely guarded statistics showed most Lloyd's syndicates ran into loss four to six yearsafter having been created, writes William Gleeson. The names claimed Lloyds losses had been covered up for at least two decades by creative accounting.

Animal, mineral, edible?

We are what we eat - and it has a lot to do with rocks. Michael Bateman gets a geologist's-eye view of the dinner table Beef is, to the geologist, a complex mineral cocktail

Better margins help McAlpine back to black

DOUBLED operating margins from housebuilding and strong minerals sales helped Alfred McAlpine back into the black in the eight months to June despite continuing losses from contracting in Britain and from the US.
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Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum