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Ice stupas: the Himalayan answer to water shortage

Retreating glaciers have left villages in Ladakh with acute water shortages. Local engineer Sonam Wangchuk, noticing one day how ice under a bridge stayed frozen even in summer, came up with a solution as ingenious as it is beautiful

James Bond's best gadgets

With 007 back on our screens this weekend, it's time to a look at the best gadgets from half a century of Bond movies.

Choppers scramble for dramatic Fastnet Race rescue

In a major rescue operation the crew of 21 on the biggest boat in the Rolex Fastnet race had to be rescued as the American-owned 100-foot Rambler capsized close to the Fastnet Rock and lighthouse off the south-west tip of Ireland. The Baltimore lifeboat was on the scene, two Sikorsky helicopters scrambled and an Irish naval vessel sent to the scene.

The Hacker: Media challenge is a write-off for Corrigans as the Yanks

Three days before the sleek stars of the European and United States golf teams began their Ryder Cup battle at Celtic Manor, the haggard and bedraggled members of the media – who could be persuaded from their beds at around 5am on Tuesday morning – gathered to contest the Wryter Cup.

John Walsh: Never in the field of interplanetary conflict

At last it's out in the open. Winston Churchill was so bothered by reports of UFOs interfering with RAF aircraft during the Second World War, he ordered that the encounter should be kept quiet for 50 years. Admittedly the news isn't exactly well documented.– a chap wrote to the Ministry of Defence in 1999, claiming that his grandfather had overheard Churchill talking to Eisenhower about the spooky event – but it's a fascinating vignette of the great man confronted with something he has no idea how to deal with.

Observations: Sanaa reaches peak critical acclaim after 15 years

This week, Sanaa, aka the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, won their profession's Oscar, the $100,000 Pritzker Prize. It's either an extraordinary achievement, or just a sign of our age of cultural velocities, that this design partnership has reached peak critical acclaim after only 15 years. It took Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan's other two Pritzker laureates, decades to get the gong. Ditto the godfather of baroque modernism, Oscar Niemeyer. Even Rem Koolhaas, already a legendary architectural manifesto machine in the early 1970s, had to wait more than 25 years to be anointed.

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Seb Josse wins Open 60 Fastnet Race

A quiet Frenchman, one of whose previous trips through the Western Approaches to Britain was filled with tragedy, and a compatriot known as Jeff, had the biggest smiles in Plymouth today at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Beau Geste fails in Isle of Wight record attempt

By just two minutes and 13 seconds, the Hong Kong-based 80-footer Beau Geste failed to beat the existing Round the Island record of 3 hours 56min 03sec yesterday as the big boys came out to play in Cowes Week.