Finger-picking good: Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs: When the baby blues make for haunting tunes

Laura Veirs was haunted by fears for her unborn second child when she wrote her new album and the songs reflect that difficult time, she tells Simon Hardeman

Mighty mouse: Engelbart with the first prototype of his invention

Doug Engelbart: Inventor of the computer mouse

Douglas Engelbart was the inventor of the mouse, the simple tool that dramatically changed the way in which humans interact with their computers. Since the first public demonstration of the mouse in 1968 over a billion have been sold worldwide. Although now slowly being overtaken by touchpads and touch-sensitive screens, the mouse and the concepts behind it, remain an important feature of all modern computers.

Hannah England’s Olympic dream was ruined by an Achilles injury

Hannah England: 'I'm finally over my Olympic heartache'

Our new columnist is back on track in the 1500m and ready for the World Championships

An obituary of Margaret Groening has revealed that some of The Simpsons characters were inspired by real-life family members and names

From the Wiggums to chain-smoking aunt Patty: the real-life Groening family behind The Simpsons revealed in obituary of creator's mum

A newspaper tribute to Matt Groening's mother Margaret, who died aged 94, reads like a Who's Who of the cartoonist's famous TV creation

Mather’s refit of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Rick Mather: Architect hailed for his subtle and light-filled renovations of historic buildings

The architect Rick Mather is celebrated for renovations of British museums and galleries that amounted to re-founding them, because with subtlety, refinement and, above all, respect for their traditions and collections, he made historic spaces work as modern institutions. His great imaginative gift was to take a dark or enclosed space and let in light and air.

Mo Farah eager to emulate the great flying Finn Lasse Viren

Mo Farah will return to London next year to make his marathon debut proper but beyond that it is the extraordinary exploits of the flying Finn Lasse Viren, the greatest distance runner in Olympic history, that offer a clue to the possible long-term ambition of the Briton.

A furious Mo Farah took to Twitter today after his wife was involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Mo Farah Twitter fury over alleged hit-and-run

A furious Mo Farah took to Twitter today after his wife was involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Rupp and Farah after the Olympic Men's 10,000m Final

Galen Rupp: Running mate who is out to catch Mo Farah

The American athelete took silver when his training partner won 10,000m gold at London 2012. Now he is aiming to reverse the roles, he tells Simon Turnbull

Breakthrough: Scientists produce early-stage embryos by transferring genes between unfertilised human eggs, in bid to eliminate inherited mitochondrial diseases

Scientists have for the first time transferred genes between unfertilised human eggs to produce early-stage embryos in an attempt to prove that it will be safe to go ahead with a radical new technique to rid families of certain inherited diseases.

Why would Tom Hanks support Aston Villa?

The tale of Tom Hanks - super Aston Villa fan

Why would a well-known and popular actor, who, some critics might say, has left his glory days behind him, choose to support a team like Aston Villa?

The origin of the huge dock was today confirmed by the Japanese consulate in Portland, Oregon.

70ft dock ripped from Japanese fishing port in tsunami washes up in Oregon

Dock has drifted thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean

Portland International Airport scan protester strips naked

A man has stripped naked at a US airport as a protest against airport security screeners, police said.

Korean jet diverted after threat

A Korean Airlines Boeing 777 travelling from Vancouver to Seoul diverted to a Canadian Forces base on Vancouver Island after the airline received a call about a threat on board.

Anti-capitalist activists clash with police at US ports

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators, confronted by police in riot gear, marched on several West Coast ports on Monday seeking to disrupt cargo traffic and re-energize their protest movement.

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas