News The seven private investigators pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court

Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

Opposition to key train deal mounts

Political opposition is building over the Government's decision to award a £3bn contract to build Thameslink trains to Siemens of Germany.

Market Report: Invensys gains thanks to dividend and bid chatter

As hopes were raised over dividend payments and speculation swirled that it could be a takeover target, Invensys found itself in favour with investors yesterday.

Green light for new wind farm

A new offshore wind farm which will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes was today given the go-ahead by the Government.

BBC's IT efficiency project to cost £10.7m

An IT project intended to increase BBC efficiency will cost the corporation more than £10 million, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.

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Eurostar narrows losses ahead of Deutsche Bahn competition

Rail operator boosts passengers but sees German rivalry from 2013 as a 'significant risk'

The Secret History Of: The thermostat

Thermostats have been slow to catch on. Heating, like so much else, was invented by the Romans. Their version of underfloor radiant heating, called a "hypocaust", was surprisingly sophisticated and warmed the chilliest of villas and better still, public baths. It can get nippy inside marble buildings if you're running around naked and wet.

Eurostar to buy German trains as it gears up for expansion

Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.

3,096 Days, By Natascha Kampusch, trans. Jill Kreuer

Twelve years ago, the 10-year old Natascha Kampusch was walking to school when she was snatched from a Vienna street and shoved into the back of a white delivery van. Eight years later, in 2006, she reappeared in a small suburban back garden, having fled the hermetically sealed cellar where her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, had kept her hostage.

Has the West declared cyber war on Iran?

Experts say the computer virus found in a nuclear plant is the work of a foreign power

Anger at Russian nuclear fuel help

Russia said yesterday it would begin loading nuclear fuel into the reactor of Iran's first atomic power station on 21 August, an irreversible step marking the start-up of the Bushehr plant after nearly 40 years of delays.

Chemring to buy IED-detecting specialists

Defence group Chemring is buying Roke Manor, a roadside bomb detection specialist, for £55m in cash.

Cable tells the world: no more location grants

After decades during which governments of both parties spent billions on attracting foreign investment, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has declared that Britain can no longer afford to "splay out" grants and subsidies to attract companies to locate in the UK.

Corporation Tax: Government acts to help the private sector

Corporation tax is to drop by 4p to 24p in the pound over the next four years as the coalition Government looks to the private sector to help rebalance the economy and underpin recovery from recession.

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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