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  • Leading article: An elemental challenge for China and the world
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Global demand for these materials is booming, tripling over the past decade from 40,000 to 120,000 tonnes. Rare earth elements are used in a host of technologies from iPhones, to fibre-optic cables, to missile guidance systems. And they are also esse...

  • Letters: Government literacy drive
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Surely any open and relatively undefensive government, faced with a substantial deterioration in young children's capabilities after the first year of the compulsory Early Years Foundation Stage, would begin by thinking again about its essentially ar...

  • Leading article: A national drinking problem
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    A joint report from the Royal College of Physicians and the NHS Confederation calculates that alcohol abuse costs the NHS more than £2.7bn a year, twice as much as five years ago. If this trend continues, according to the report, alcoholism and binge...

  • Yvonne Roberts: The age of the aged has at long last arrived
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Somehow, an extra layer of gravitas added to the charges precisely because they were delivered by a woman of integrity who has lived a life – work, wars, marriage, love, loss and survival – and who clearly cares about what becomes of this society. Wh...

  • Amy Jenkins: Sorry to be Scrooge-like, but I'm relieved the festive season is over
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Dirty white vans will sound their dreary horns into the drizzle once again. Gone will be the empty, echoing streets of post holocaust – I mean, post Christmas – London. People will be off their backsides and back on their feet. The phone will ring, t...

  • Leading article: Here's hoping for a saner property market in 2010
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    So is the trend of rising prices some good news with which we can toast the New Year? Does it presage better economic times in 2010? Sadly, this is an economic statistic that needs to be handled with caution. A large part of the explanation for what ...

  • Leading article: Field of dreams
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Despite his sad death, however, Gardeners' Question Time will undoubtedly continue to speak to something deep within the British character. Few subjects melt the lingering class divisions of our society like a discussion on the eradication of greenfl...

  • The truth is out there: 02/01/2010
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    A similar trend is emerging in the UK, as demonstrated by the rise in popularity of the name Theo, presumably in honour of the Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott. Jack and Olivia top the UK list, whilst Emma and Aiden are America's favourites. *The worl...

  • Letters: Climate naysayers
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    We have records of bird, animal, plant and insect migration; of earlier frozen-river melt; of permafrost melt; of below-ground borehole temperature warming; of Arctic sea-ice melt; of Greenland and Antarctic ice melt at increasing rates; of sea-level...

  • Leading article: Another blow to trust in Afghanistan
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    The killings were confirmed yesterday by the CIA chief Leon Panetta. But exact details of what happened are still murky. The death toll may rise, since six other Americans were wounded in the attack. Yet it is clear that the bomb was carried by an Af...

  • Nicholas Jones: Archie Norman must be a brave man to take on ITV
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    The press will focus on Mr Norman's quest for a new ITV chief executive but his real challenge is far greater. For his company to prosper, he must secure the audience of the future. That means acquiring the interest of people like my 11-year-old daug...

  • Daniel Ayalon: Let us make common cause in defeating Iran's theocratic leaders
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a right-wing government has, in an unprecedented move, declared it would refrain from building new settlements in the West Bank. All of these moves taken together amply demonstrate Israel's willingness for peace...

  • Leading article: Days like this
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    And considering the proclivity of rock stars of your vintage to produce offspring in recent years, the news that was announced on your official website seemed, well, eminently plausible. But no excuses. It's no good those in the media complaining tha...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Staying in? It has to be a themed party
    Friday, 1 January 2010

    Of course, we were mere days into the recession when staying in was crowned the new going out. Aside from the financial advantage, the familiarity of our own home, or that of a friend's, is supposedly just the comfort we need when everything else is ...

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