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

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006

Housing market bounce-back: Property prices rise at fastest rate since 2006 peak

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006, a new report from surveyors published today shows. Meanwhile the number of would-be buyers looking to enter the market last month saw the strongest growth in four years.

Zoo, Nuts, Loaded and Front were warned by the Co-op

Co-op to remove 'lads mag' Nuts magazine from shelves because it won't tone down front page

Publisher says ultimatum from supermarket chain is 'knee-jerk attempt to restrict access to a product that consumers have enjoyed for nearly a decade'

A vender sells chickens at market in Shanghai. The new H7N9 strain is thought to have infected at least 130 people in China

Huge risk or sensible precaution? Scientists in a flap over whether bird flu experiments are safe

Critics have called for a freeze on public spending for 'irresponsible' research

Critics say Mr Miliband, pictured during the disastrous Eastleigh campaign this year is 'hesitant and confused'

Miliband leadership under fire as Conservatives close gap on Labour in the polls

Party insiders express fears over lack  of direction under embattled leader

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Snappy snaps: From zoology degree to shark photographer

He started his zoology degree in rainy Manchester, but now CJ Crooks is head of media at the world-renowned Sharklab in the Bahamas

The immigration raids have angered Doreen Lawrence

Home Office may have broken the law in 'racist' spot checks on suspected illegal immigrants – and may have questioned domestic violence victims

Government department faces investigation into ‘racial profiling’ of stop-and-search as Equality and Human Rights Commission demands explanation for the random operations

Scientists grow an ear from living tissue

The organs are made in the laboratory in the hope of using them to replace the damaged or missing body parts of patients

Blue plaque to honour Welsh computing pioneer Donald Davies

His invention forms basis of how information is shared online today

Cyclist deaths have risen across the UK

Fatal distraction: Drivers, and cyclists, need all their attention for the road

A cyclist was killed last year by a driver who was adjusting her sat nav

Drug sales hit healthy $1.3bn in a growing market

As Astra’s new chief executive, Pascal Soriot, works out a treatment plan to turn around the struggling drug maker’s business, he is axing nearly 4,000 jobs – including hundreds in the UK – and streamlining research and development. But Astra’s $200m (£130m) new plant in Jiangsu province is still set to open this year.

An Indian farmer talks on his mobile phone

The Indian mobile phone market: An alien world where seven-inch tablets are big sellers

David Phelan explores the way mobile phones are sold in India and finds it a breathless, price-conscious market

Facebook, Twitter and blogging actually improve students' work according to survey

Teachers should actually be encouraging Tweeting and Facebooking, according to a new survey

Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos inside the Bioenergy laboratory at the BRL, holding a phone powered by a microbial fuel cell stack.

Video: Urine-powered mobile phone charger lets you spend a penny to make a call

New microbial fuel cells contain bacteria that produce electricity from urine as part of their natural life cycle

More than a million GM mice were created in Britain last year

Revealed: Ordinary laboratory animals are outnumbered by GM counterparts for first time

'These represent the next generation of tools to understand complex conditions' says one researcher

Caption: The image shows the digital data recorded into 5-D optical data storage.
Credit: University of Southampton

The Superman of hard drives: New 5-dimensional computer 'memory crystal' will survive the human race, say scientists

Information is encoded with lasers, has a thermal stability of up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited shelf life

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