News archive from 18 January 2011, page 7

Soldiers could get back to active duty with the help of a 'smart' prosthesis

Soldiers could get back to active duty with the help of a 'smart' prosthesis

The seaside setting of Bournemouth University might seem a world away from Afghanistan and the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that the Taliban are using there to injure British troops. But a group of Bournemouth academics hope that the work they...

Guardian, 06:45 in Learning
 
Apple faces Jobs questions, even as sales set to soar

Apple faces Jobs questions, even as sales set to soar

The world's most valuable technology company announced on Monday that Jobs would take a medical leave of absence without specifying a return date or detailing Jobs' condition, leaving investors in an information vacuum. The surprise announcement --...

 
Funding cuts threaten English lessons

Funding cuts threaten English lessons

Lumnije Bajrami was stunned when told she may have to abandon her dreams of a better job and of a university place because of new coalition government funding rules for adult education. The single mother of an autistic child arrived in the UK from...

Guardian, 07:01 in Learning
 
Yes, bonuses do work – but for fruit-pickers, not City bankers | Aditya Chakrabortty

Yes, bonuses do work – but for fruit-pickers, not City bankers | Aditya Chakrabortty

Open the business pages at this time of year, and a whole bunch of telephone numbers come tumbling out. An average payout of £233,000 for the investment bankers at JP Morgan. A £9.7bn pot for the swots at Goldman Sachs. And a £2m kiss goodbye for the...

Guardian, 07:09 in Business
 
Rics: Housing market ended 2010 on chilly note

Rics: Housing market ended 2010 on chilly note

Britain's estate agents are looking to better weather in the spring to boost the housing market after a combination of icy conditions, rationed mortgage finance and a shortage of sellers saw 2010 end on a low-key note. The monthly health check from...

Guardian, 07:09 in Business
 
Inflation rise expected on high oil, food and utility costs

Inflation rise expected on high oil, food and utility costs

Britain's ongoing battle with rising prices and energy costs will be thrust under the spotlight again today when the latest inflation data is released. Economists believe that the consumer prices index rose to around 3.4% in December, well above the...

Guardian, 07:09 in Business
 
Who is the heir to Ireland's debt?

Who is the heir to Ireland's debt?

My father used to introduce me to people as "the heir to the family debt". It's a pretty good description for Ireland today. Ireland has a very large level of debt, as well as a large growth rate of debt, this year and next. Of course that...

Guardian, 07:10 in Business
 

Seat of learning

My first trip to CERN of the new year. The Large Hadron Collider is still on holiday (though activity around it is intense) and we are trying get as many results out as we can from the 2010 data before the 2011 data start flooding in. A month's...

 
How to be happy: a psychotherapist's view

How to be happy: a psychotherapist's view

As a psychotherapist I cannot pretend that there is a simple set of instructions that guarantees happiness. We all come from a distinctive combination of genes, and have had a unique set of relationships and experiences that formed us to the shape we...

 
Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to . . . weaning

Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to . . . weaning

It sounds painful and it can be. But weaning is simply the introduction of solid food into a baby's diet. It does not mean you should stop breastfeeding – although you may need to give less milk as your baby eats more. There is, however, a constant,...

 

Carphone sees earnings at top end of forecasts

Revenues at European stores open at least a year rose 0.7 percent in the 13 weeks to January 1, the third quarter of its financial year, just below analysts' average forecast of a 1 percent rise, according to a company poll. However, connections at...

Reuters, 07:17 in Business
 

Arts Council funding: up to 200 organisations could be culled

All 850 arts organisations which get regular funding from Arts Council England got an email last Thursday which may have sent something of a chill through them. The Dear Colleague emails were the same for everyone, but signed by different regional...

 

Riddle as jogger finds woman's semi-naked body

barrhead murder Image 1 Victim left covered in mud on country path A JOGGER found the semi-naked body of a woman on a country path yesterday. The victim was discovered by the man just after 8am. She was covered in mud. Last night, police had sealed...

 
Floodwaters inundate south-east Australia

Floodwaters inundate south-east Australia

Knee-deep water has inundated communities in south-east Australia and split one town in two, as swollen rivers carried flood fears downstream and officials urged residents to evacuate. The state of Victoria is the latest section of Australia afflicted...

 
Last refuge of rare fish threatened by Yangtze dam plans

Last refuge of rare fish threatened by Yangtze dam plans

The last refuge for many of China's rarest and most economically important wild fish has mere days to secure public support before it is trimmed, dammed and ruinously diminished, conservationists warned today. The alarm was raised after the...

 


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