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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

Clampdown at Bernard Matthews farm in bird flu scare

A clampdown on movements in and out of a Bernard Matthews poultry farm has been imposed after a strain of bird flu was identified.

David Cameron laughs off poll as Margaret Thatcher's death puts leadership in spotlight

Tory party rating shot up by 8 points to 40% when people were asked to imagine it was led by a youthful Iron Lady

PC sales hit by biggest decline in 20 years as tablet takes over

Sales of PCs have been hit by the biggest decline in 20 years thanks to consumers increasingly choosing tablet computers over their less portable counterparts.

Barack Obama speaks at the launch of the brain research initiative

President Barack Obama pledges $100m to unlock secrets of the brain

A new era in the understanding of the human brain - the most complex structure in the known universe - began today when President Obama announced a $100m (£67m) research initiative to start mapping the complex neural circuitry of the mind.

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New techniques to tackle the head lice epidemic include vacuuming and blasting hair with hot air

Return of the nit: We've got the lousy weather to thank, and many of the treatments don't work

Call the nit nurse! A miserable summer followed by a long winter have created an explosion of head lice infestations across Britain – and the country's nits are more resilient than ever to treatment.

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Research matters: Study for society's sake

March is the time of year when we celebrate how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our lives and help to inspire young people. We've already seen another successful National Science and Engineering Week. The Big Bang Fair was also packed with interactive exhibits, workshops, simulators and shows aimed at inspiring young people; testament that UK research really is worth celebrating.

Research Engineer Dr Vincent Wan, from Toshiba Research in Cambridge, alongside digital talking head named Zoe by researchers

Computing: Robotic delivery from a former soap star

Scientists at Cambridge University have developed a digital robot capable of expressing speech and emotions with the unlikely help of an actor best known for her role in the TV soap Hollyoaks.

Budget 2013: Research - Scientists upset by cash snub

Science supporters were disappointed that the Budget failed to address what they see as long-standing problems with under-funded research facilities crippled by rising running costs.

Scientists disappointed that Budget failed to help under-funded research facilities

Science supporters were disappointed that the Budget has failed to address what they see as long-standing problems with under-funded research facilities crippled by rising running costs.

Shake-up at AstraZeneca sees drugs giant slash 700 UK jobs

Chancellor's constituency is hit as company closes R&D facility in Cheshire
The Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca to cut 700 UK jobs but invest £330m

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca is to cut 700 jobs in the UK over the next three years and invest £330 million.

Polychrome zebrafish - different coloured fluorescent markers show the main neurons responsible for processing visual information in the eye. This is the first time that all neuronal types in the eye have been visualized simultaneously and unambiguously identified in a live fish.

Science as art: Photography competition brings the two disciplines together

Albert Einstein's claim that “The greatest scientists are artists as well,” is illustrated by some of the contenders for a photography competition at Cambridge University on Tuesday.

Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a young patient on a malaria vaccine trial in Mozambique

Bill Gates: Why do we care more about baldness than malaria?

Gates blames capitalism for channelling more money into curing minor ailments

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Paul Scholes column

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

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

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
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