Voices

For do-gooders the world over it's a familiar problem. How do you make charity, or in this case corporate responsibility, appeal to a wide audience with a short attention span?

How domestic cats could save the 'Highland tiger'

Pound for pound, they are as fierce as their full-size counterparts but their dwindling numbers mean "Highland tigers" are also just as endangered. With only 400 Scottish wildcats thought to be living in the wild, scientists are now preparing a radical new approach to saving the the rare felines.

Tigers pay tribute as Ellis is forced to hang up his boots

Harry Ellis, the Leicester and England scrum-half, has been forced to retire at the age of 28 with persistent knee problems. Ellis, who won 27 caps, has followed the advice of his surgeon after he suffered a recurrence of the injury that dogged his career for the last three years.

Harry Ellis forced to retire

England and Leicester scrum-half Harry Ellis has spoken of his sadness at having to retire after conceding defeat in his battle with a succession of knee problems.

Bopara in charge with bat and ball

England Lions 345 West Indies A 221

Damon lined up to star in film about family who saved Devon zoo

He is best known for playing Jason Bourne, the fast-fisted scourge of the CIA, in a trilogy of Hollywood films. Now the American actor Matt Damon is in talks over a new role that will see him do battle with lions, tigers and the occasional otter in the true story of an eccentric Englishman who bought a dilapidated zoo.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 Project Natal motion-gaming system becomes 'Kinect'

Microsoft christened its new motion-sensing game system "Kinect" on Sunday, offering a sneak peek of upcoming titles it hopes will help draw a new generation of casual players into the 40 million-strong Xbox game console fold.

Colosseum's lion cages opened

Tourists in Rome will soon be able to visit underground sections of the Colosseum, where gladiators once prepared for fights and dangerous animals were caged before entertaining a bloodthirsty public.

Sophie Heawood: Tiger's sex degrees of separation

We shall all be united under one golfer

Guinness Premiership round-up: Venter's Saracens triumph in the Tigers den

Saracens did their best to earn a home match against Northampton in the Guinness Premiership semi-finals, winning 32-23 away to the side guaranteed to finish first, Leicester, only for Saints' victory at London Irish to keep them in third place. The two sides will meet at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday. In the meantime, Brendan Venter's men can take satisfaction from being the first Saracens to win at Welford Road.

A little knowledge: How research scientists were caught out by swine flu

Why was the swine flu pandemic so much milder than expected? The truth is that research scientists were caught out by this mysterious virus, writes Jeremy Laurance

Butterflies: Not just a pretty pair of wings

Clive Farrell has been fascinated by butterflies since boyhood. He explains why his conservation project for these vibrant creatures carries an urgent message

Calls for zoo closures after rare Siberian tigress found drowned

Campaigners have called for the phased closure of zoos after a Siberian tiger used for breeding purposes was found drowned in the enclosure of a zoo in Norfolk.

Thousands take on London Marathon challenge

Tens of thousands of runners including a Princess and an assortment of celebrities, cartoon and comic book characters gathered in the pouring rain today for the start of the London Marathon.

Postmen boycott house in Leeds after cat attacks

Mail deliveries have been stopped to a house after postal workers were attacked by an elderly cat, Royal Mail confirmed today.

Mary Dejevsky: Happiness is rediscovering nationhood

A long time ago, 20 years at least, we decided to visit parts of Britain we did not know. We started with a trip to the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, dreaming of mountains and seascapes and lava bread with dinner.

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