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UK inflation predicted to fall to lowest level in 25 years

Inflation is expected to fall to its lowest level in at least 25 years as the dramatic plunge in oil prices and the supermarket price war drag down the cost of living.<p>Analysts expect the Office for National Statistics report released on Tuesday at 9.30am GMT to show that inflation dropped to 0.4% …

Economics

Books of the year 2014

The twenty-three books this scientist read this year, offered as a guide to the interested and the wary<p>It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in …

Books

George Osborne is a debt addict – and so is the entire Western world

With low interest rates here to stay, we’re about to live through an economic revolution, says Fraser Nelson.<p>George Osborne has perfected the art of preaching sobriety while knocking back the tequila slammers. No one, now, does it better. “I have a plan to reduce the deficit,” he said yesterday, …

George Osborne rattled by tax experts’ accusations of colossal scale of cuts

George Osborne was drawn into a confrontation with Britain’s leading tax and spending experts after the Institute for Fiscal Studies said he had a duty to spell out his deficit reduction plans and warned of cuts on a “colossal” scale.<p>The public sector spending cuts over the next five years set out …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

For more than a decade scientists have been at a loss to explain why there are fewer stars than they predicted<p>There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Agriculture

No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain

Bring out the violins. The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government is the end of civilised life on Earth, if you believe the corporate press. In a country where 432 people own half the private rural land, all change is Stalinism. The Telegraph has published a string of …

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

The Financial Conduct Authority has taken emergency action to tackle payday loan brokers after a deluge of complaints over “blatantly unfair” practices.<p>The brokers have made as many as one million attempts a month to raid the bank accounts of some of the poorest members of society. While promising …

Begging prosecutions increase dramatically across England and Wales

Number of cases rises 70%, prompting concerns that cuts in support and benefits make more people resort to begging<p>Prosecutions for begging have rocketed across England and Wales over the past year with dramatic increases recorded in many police force areas.<p>The number of cases brought to court under …

Falling oil prices offer the west a great chance to refashion itself. Let’s seize it

For the past 18 months, the world’s biggest oil producer has been the US. Saudi Arabia, eat your heart out. Courtesy of the fracking revolution, the US will maintain this new standing for the foreseeable future, according to official projections.<p>The world as we’ve known it for the past 50 years is …

Iraq's oil minister says Islamic State no longer a threat to Baghdad's 'black gold'

The new oil minsiter of Iraq talks to Andrew Critchlow in Vienna about the war against Islamic State and his plans to double oil production by 2020 with the help of BP and Shell<p>Iraq’s oil minister believes that the Islamic State no longer poses a significant threat to the country’s vital oil …

Oil

Extremism, Facebook and freedom of speech

You are wrong to say that plans to block Britons from returning to the UK raise no issue of principle (Editorial, 25 November). What could be more fundamental to British citizenship than the right to be in the UK? The state has the power to arrest, charge and imprison British people for crimes. …

25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

UK supermarkets cut petrol price as oil barrel value plunges

Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s drop cost of fuel as Brent crude dips to lowest value since June 2010<p>Plunging world oil prices have prompted leading supermarkets to cut the cost of their fuel.<p>First, Asda announced it was knocking 2p a litre off its petrol and diesel from Saturday.<p>Then Tesco …

The Opec oil price still matters (just not as much as before)

A cursory glance at the history of the oil price since the second world war tells its own story. There are booms when the price of oil is low and busts when the cost of crude rises. Four spikes in oil since 1973 have been matched by four recessions over the same period.<p>The so-called postwar golden …

We should cash-bomb the people - not the banks

Abandon helicopters. Use bombers. Bomb Germany, France, Italy, Greece, the entire eurozone. Bomb them with banknotes, cash, anything to boost demand. The money must go straight to households, not to banks. Banks have had their day and miserably failed to spend. From now on they get nothing.<p>Five …

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Researchers in Germany have grown complete spinal cords in a Petri dish<p>• The man who grew eyes • The lab-grown penis comes closer<p>As regenerative medicine and stem cell technologies continue to progress, so the list of tissues and organs that can be grown from scratch – and potentially replaced – …

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space

Researchers have created a mirror that not only reflects 97% of light but also radiates heat into the cold depths of the universe<p>A mirror that sends heat into the frigid expanse of space has been designed by scientists to replace air-conditioning units that keep buildings cool on Earth.<p>Researchers …

Accurate figures on the UK’s wealth

Many contributors bemoan UK’s inability to distribute wealth fairly and provide world-class public services (Owen Jones, 24 November). We are repeatedly informed that the UK is one of the richest nations on earth. But when wealth statistics are used, they almost always refer the UK’s ranking of …

Can Vladimir Putin save Saudi Arabia's sheikhs from the glut of oil?

On Thanksgiving Day, the most powerful oil cartel in the world, the Organization of Petroleum Export Countries, will be facing a dilemma: too much of a good thing.<p>There’s too much oil in the world, and not enough buyers. There are 2m barrels per day of crude oil production that don’t have a home, …

Fears that ‘dangerous’ Switzerland referendum could spark gold rush

Poll could force Swiss central bank to triple reserves, leading to price of gold soaring on international markets, experts say<p>The Swiss like referendums: there were 11 last year and there have been nine more this year, on subjects ranging from who pays for abortions to whether the state should buy …

Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang, say researchers

(Phys.org) —New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang.<p>Studies of …

UK mission to the moon launches Kickstarter campaign - video

Africa2Moon to use crowdfunding for first phase, with organisers hoping to inspire next generation of engineers and scientists<p>Published: 5 Jan 2015<p>Kickstarter-funded project planned for 2024 will also drill deep into the surface to probe the origins of the Earth and the moon<p>Published: 18 Nov …

Groundbreaking Images of a Comet's Surface Taken by Rosetta's Philae Probe

On November 12, 2014, history was made as the European Space Agency's Philae probe successfully touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, achieving the very first controlled landing on a comet. For more than a decade, Philae's mothership, the Rosetta spacecraft, has been …

Space

Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellite’ survive reentry

A Russian “sex satellite” mission studying the cosmic reproduction of geckos, flies and bacteria has returned to Earth with the geckos dead but some of its bacteria still alive.<p>Two basalt discs with bacteria samples had been affixed to the outside of a Foton-M satellite that was launched into space …

Consumers offered cash for old gadgets in new recycling scheme

Consumers will be urged to trade in their unwanted electrical gadgets at retailers in return for cash – with the products to be refurbished and resold – as part of a national initiative unveiled on Tuesday.<p>The government-backed plan to improve the disposal of electric waste is supported by 51 …

Shell wins £1.9bn India tax case

The Anglo-Dutch oil firm Shell has won a multimillion-dollar court battle against the Indian authorities, marking a significant victory for multinationals involved in tax wrangles in the country.<p>The high court in Mumbai ruled in favour of Shell, whose Indian unit had been accused of under-pricing …

Peter Molyneux on underestimating mobile monetization: ‘The biggest mistake I’ve made in the last 20 years’

Monetizating free-to-play games is a tricky business as veteran developer Peter Molyneux recently discovered.<p>Previously responsible for the god games Populous and Black & White, along with the Fable role-playing series, Molyneux has now transitioned to mobile development with his studio 22Cans, and …

Xbox One Outselling PS4, Microsoft Celebrates 10 Million Units Shipped

Despite its enormous footprint, Microsoft has always been the underdog in the console space. With Xbox, they had something to prove. With Xbox 360, they challenged the mighty PlayStation brand and emerged mostly victorious. With Xbox One, however, the company has had to self-correct while Sony …