Life and Style The Google campus at its headquarters in Mountain View, California

The suprise sale allows Google to drop a struggling part of their business and lets Lenovo leapfrog their way to third place in smartphone sales

Councils in poor areas saw their spending power drop by 21 per cent

Spending cuts hit poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than affluent areas

Spending cuts have hit the poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than more affluent areas, according to research published on Thursday.

De La Rue shares soar as pre-tax profit jumps 19% in first half

Shares of De La Rue climbed close to 10 per cent after the company posted an 19 per cent increase in pre-tax profits in the first half.

A poster reading '1:12' (R) hangs next to a poster with a slogan in German reading: 'Stop con atists - yes!'

Swiss voters reject '1:12' proposal to cap top executives’ pay in latest referendum

Swiss voters today overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to limit the pay of top executives to 12 times the wages of their lowliest employees.

The IceCube Laboratory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica

A new age of astronomy? Discovery promises fresh insight into black holes and exploding stars

Researchers confirm first detection of sub-atomic particles from beyond the Solar System

The wonder material Graphene may provide the answer in the quest for thinner, stronger, safer and more desirable condoms

Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation help fund development of the new material to promote condom use and stop the spread of HIV

Scientists have found that temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than in the rest of the world, and two and a half times faster than in previous estimates

Gaps in data on Arctic temperatures account for the ‘pause’ in global warming

It was the evidence that climate change sceptics loved to cite. While the scientific community’s warnings about global warming had become ever more convincing, the critics pointed time and again to graphs showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998 – a fact extensively interpreted by many vocal opponents as a fundamental failure in the basic science of climate change.

Previously unknown Greek group claims responsibility for Golden Dawn shootings

‘Militant People's Revolutionary Forces’ said the drive-by attack was in retaliation for murder of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas

Cashless is the future. Small businesses must adapt or pay the price

The ‘customer is always right’ proverb fits perfectly with this cashless debate

Traditional family model of fathers as sole breadwinners is leaving children in poverty

Call for more help for families to become dual-earning households

Troll dolls

Let me introduce you to my trolls

It’s flattering to think they regard the right to follow me on Twitter as a basic civil right

Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life?

Free market capitalism is a con. The state is the backbone of modern British capitalism

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

British expert says it's 'highly unlikely' Arafat was poisoned

Symptoms are very different from those of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, says Professor Nicholas Priest

Marine Le Pen comments last night on her party's success

Local election victory for Marine Le Pen's National Front raises fears on both left and right

Mainstream groups concerned that National Front could gain more regional council seats

Scientists develop implant that could stop Parkinson's growth

The implant pumps proteins into the brain to encourage damaged cells to grow again

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Can meditation be bad for you?

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