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Budget 2015: Tories appeal to rural voters with farming tax relief

Farmers will be able to declare their annual income as a five-year average under new measures announced in the Budget<p>Britain’s self-employed <b>farmers</b> will be allowed to average their profits for tax purposes over five years, up from the current two years, to counter income volatility in a move that …

Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

On a recent snowy afternoon on a farm in central Illinois, Dan Byers parked his pickup at the end of a dirt road and looked over some of his fertile land. A few years ago, high grain prices earned farmers here about $400 per acre for their corn and soybean crops. This year, it's possible that every …

The lucky Chancellor's 2015 Budget was a triumph of electioneering over economics

This was a grown-up, skilled performance from George Osborne. But he has ceded key ground to Labour, and the size of the state is still a big concern<p>Ever since the days of ancient Babylonia, the world’s brightest mathematicians and geometers have tried in vain to work out how to square a circle. It …

Despite headwinds, tobacco industry is still thriving

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Public Health

Starbucks leaves room for a conversation about race

March 17, 2015 | 10:37 AM<p>21,878<p>The number of Starbucks locations worldwide as of late 2014. Now, some of those cafes could also start serving discussion on race relations. A new company initiative has baristas writing "Race Together" on cups, and striking up a conversation about racial divides in …

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John Maeda on why good design takes decades

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Design

Pancake Bot

Making pancakes isn't hard. Making pancakes in intricate designs is virtually impossible, unless you're a culinary master — or have a Pancake Bot in …

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Solar-powered plane takes off from Indian town to Myanmar on next leg of global trip

A solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey took off Thursday from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and was headed for its next stop in Myanmar.<p>Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns flying the aircraft as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe …