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

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.

'Boldly going where no probe has gone before': Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system

After a 36 year journey, the probe will allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time

Researchers were able to perform gene therapy on living mice

Breakthrough with stem cells could 'end need for transplants'

Living mice able to  produce the cells capable of helping to repair a damaged heart

Chris Blackhurst: It's time we paid attention to Nev and his call centre, not the huge corporations

Midweek View: Small businesses account for half our national income and two-thirds of all employment

Scientists discover gene that could help protect against ovarian cancer

DNA found in mice could help women if it plays similar role in humans

New date established for the origin of ancient Egypt

UK scientists have established that the state came into existence more recently than previously thought

HTC executives held over ‘stolen secrets’

Three executives at the phone maker HTC have been arrested on suspicion of leaking trade secrets, sending shares in the Taiwanese smartphone specialist plunging.

This image provided by The Humane Society of the United States shows artwork created by Brent, a chimpanzee at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. The 37-year-old chimpanzee who paints with his tongue has won $10,000 for a sanctuary in northwest Louisiana

Is he just aping Monet? Brent the chimpanzee who paints with his tongue wins $10,000 prize

US competition sees work from representatives of sanctuaries across the country go head to head in an online vote

Revealed: Two-thirds of UK adults have had unwanted PPI calls

One in four people received their most recent call during a family meal

Eating broccoli could prevent the most common form of arthritis

A new study has found that eating broccoli could help prevent or slow the most common form of arthritis.

New research suggests 'female sperm' and 'male eggs' possible

Japanese researchers use skin cells from mice to create sperm and eggs that were later used to create a live birth

Families struggling as cost of bringing up a child rises to £148,000, warns CPAG

Parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to £148,000, research found.

Outdoor workers face toilet troubles due to Government spending cuts, says union report

Workers who spend their day outside are facing increasing problems in finding a toilet because Government spending cuts have led to many facilities being closed, a new union report has warned.

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have left the solar system after 36 years in space

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have crossed into interstellar space last year to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system, if new research proves correct.

Firms hang up on cold-calls

Two of the “big six” utility companies, E.on and SSE, have hung up on cold-calling customers.

The future according to Microsoft: the Magic Window revolutionizes video chat

<b>David Phelan</b> has an exclusive peek behind the scenes at Microsoft’s research and development facilities – here’s his first report

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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