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The office cubicle: from commercial flop to best-selling design classic

<b>Feature:</b> the office cubicle turns 50 years old this year. Andrew Shanahan investigates the history of the system that revolutionised office design …

How Ikea spread the flat-pack revolution across the world

Ikea chief executive Peter Agnefjäll plans to double the size of the business by the end of the decade, and India is Ikea's next target<p>It all started with a flatpack table. When a leaf-shaped, three-legged collapsible side table went on sale in Sweden in the 1950s, it sparked a home furnishings …

IKEA

Princess Beatrice left job after Sony Pictures hacking attack

The cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a major factor in Princess Beatrice's decision to leave her intern role with the company, according to reports<p>The hacking attack on Sony Pictures played a crucial role in Princess Beatrice’s decision to leave her role as a paid intern at the company, it has …

Sony Pictures

Idris Elba's 20 questions on the meaning of life

Is the sky really blue? Why do we believe in God? And is time just an illusion? BBC series hosted by Idris Elba will attempt to answer the questions<p>Idris Elba is to host an interactive BBC series asking 20 questions about the meaning of life.<p>Story of Now will feature scientists, academics and …

Tipping point of Parkinson's Disease, discovered by Cambridge University

Cambridge University discovered the level at which a protein in the brain suddenly becomes toxic<p>Scientists believe they have found the tipping point in the brain which triggers Parkinson’s Disease in a breakthrough which brings hope of future therapies.<p>Cambridge University discovered the level at …

Does eating eggs and spinach make you more generous?

Researchers have discovered that tryptophan, a compound found in certain foods, makes people more likely to donate money<p>When you’re hoping to borrow money off someone, cooking them a nice meal before you get down to business is always a good idea. But choose your ingredients carefully – because it …

Nutrition

Robots provide a personal touch at Japanese bank

Humanoid can communicate in 19 languages, determine customers' feelings from their facial expressions<p>Standing less than 23 inches tall and with only three digits on hands that are too big for his body, Nao is an unusual appointment at Japan's biggest bank.<p>Officials of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group …

Robotics

Photograph: AFP/Getty Images<p>The procedure replaces a small amount of faulty DNA in a mother’s egg with healthy DNA from a second woman.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/2/1422890624507/12171321-125b-4dea-b64f-709ca1e2bd9f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AFP/Getty …

Genetics

Apple’s new Chinese ad will make you cry whatever language you speak

One of the most interesting things about Apple’s continued expansion into China is going to be watching how it tweaks its marketing to target a country Tim Cook has claimed will soon be Apple’s biggest market.<p>Ahead of Chinese New Year on February 19, Apple has debuted a new ad in China, updating …

Britain's oldest company is set to vanish after Scottish Friendly takeover

Marine & General Mutual was founded to insure Victorian teetotallers<p>An insurance firm that can claim to be the oldest registered British company still in existence is about to disappear, following a takeover by Scottish Friendly.<p>Marine & General Mutual was incorporated in 1852 as a life insurance …

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

Nutrition

Air ambulance doctor issues emotional plea to end knife wars after teenager dies in his hands

A surgeon has told how his team “held the heart of a young boy and willed it to beat” in an unusually detailed account of his bid to save the life of a stab victim<p>An air ambulance medic who had a teenage stab victim die in his hands over the weekend has written an open letter to the people of …

Terror threat to UK police increased

The chance of a Paris-style terrorist strike on UK police officers has increased to 'highly likely', according to intelligence officials<p>British police have been put on the highest level of alert amid fears that they may be the target of an attack similar to that which was narrowly averted in …

Extremism

'The baby industry has destroyed our maternal instinct'

When Bryony Gordon was born, the baby industry was in its infancy. And both she and her mother Jane think the world was probably a better place for it...<p><b>Bryony writes:</b><p>“Nothing prepares you for motherhood.” If I had a fiver for every time I was told this during my pregnancy I would have been able to …

How Belgium prevented a 'second Paris' - and what more it can do prevent future terror attacks

Big Question: Belgian police, judiciary and intelligence have proved to work effectively together, but what security forces need is resources and a sound legal background to arrest suspects to avoid another Charlie Hebdo-style attack<p>On Thursday night, <b>Belgian special forces raided an apartment in</b> …

New study of DNA suggests generations of bears are ‘moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice’<p>It was just a theory, but for years scientists believed what years of observation were telling them. As Arctic sea ice melted because of climate change, polar bears appeared to be …

Global Warming