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Smartphone microchip designers have received mixed signals from the City.

Market Report: Persimmon surges on hopes of recovery

Housing stocks rallied strongly last night, with Persimmon rising by more than 11 per cent as hopes of recovery took hold.

Qinetiq warns on profits as orders for Afghanistan falter

The defence group Qinetiq issued a profit warning yesterday, blaming "delays" to contracts from the UK Government and continued uncertainty over the US military strategy in Afghanistan.

MoD's Nimrod disgrace

After cost-cutting is blamed in devastating report on air crash that killed 14, ministry seeks further 'efficiency savings'

'Lamentable' failures led to Nimrod crash that killed 14

Inquiry names 10 people to blame for worst military disaster since Falklands War

10 named and shamed over Nimrod crash

The damning report into the crash of RAF Nimrod XV230 over Afghanistan in 2006 singles out 10 people for criticism.

MoD cost-cutting blamed for Nimrod deaths

The Ministry of Defence was accused today of sacrificing safety in order to cut costs in a devastating report into the crash of a RAF Nimrod spy plane with the loss of all 14 servicemen on board.

Investment Column: Hold on to see if VT stops making waves

Robert Wiseman Diaries; Alternative Networks

Fibre optics to detect sound of terror

Scientific breakthrough will use global cable network to protect oil and gas pipelines – and politicians

Debris clearance is crucial to prevent further casualties

With the recent crash of Air France Flight 447 on its way from France to Brazil, many will be getting nervous about the safety of the flights they are due to take over the summer months.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & texts (10 May 2009)

Geoffrey Lean is correct to support the Government's promise of coal-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage (Letters, 3 May). China, India, Poland and other countries are planning to build hundreds more coal-fired power stations over the next few decades. We can try to make those power stations less harmful by investing rapidly in carbon capture in order to make the technology more effective, more efficient and cheaper. Otherwise, the expansion of coal burning will accelerate global warming, with devastating consequences for all.

'Anaconda' generator harnesses wave power

A "completely new kind of wave power machine" which resembles a giant swimming sea-snake could be generating energy off the coast of the UK within five years, its developers said today.

Defence minister glossed over Nimrod safety fears

Bereaved relatives were not told of 26 faults which inspection found could threaten aircraft's safety

RAF Nimrods withdrawn for safety updates

The RAF's Nimrod surveillance planes are to be withdrawn from operations overseas until the early summer to undergo safety modifications, defence minister Bob Ainsworth announced today.

Pole race Brits beaten by Norwegians - again

A British team including TV presenter Ben Fogle and Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell finished a race to the South Pole in second place today.

Investment Column: Qinetic is not cheap, but is a solid buy

French Connection Group; De La Rue
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?