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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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Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

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Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
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Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
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Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

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Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

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Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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