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Alliance Trust sets up English companies ahead of Scotland vote | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Alliance Trust Plc, a Scotland-based investment manager, has begun preparations for a possible move to England ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, adding to evidence of corporate unease over the looming vote.<p>Alliance said on Friday it was creating companies in England …

George Osborne Faces £20 Billion Budget Gap To Fill With Cuts Or Tax Rises

George Osborne will have to either cut deeper or raise taxes to fill a £20 billion gap in the public finances, according to official government …

Bitcoin raises lots of questions. Satoshi Nakamoto doesn't have the answers

Whenever you think the bitcoin story can’t get any stranger, it does.<p>A wretched few months for the currency culminated yesterday in the apparent revelation of the true identity online currency’s creator, followed by strong denials, culminating in a bizarre car chase as a media scrum pursued a …

Scottish independence: spare me the break-up talk

Now don't get me wrong: I love a good analogy. These buttery potato scones glisten on my plate like Grecian tiles. That tartan rug is a heather-hued heath before my hearth (alliteration too!). But Scotland and England separating, divorcing, going to marriage guidance, living to regret the time one …

Something Just Destroyed This Asteroid And We Don't Know What It Was

Astronomers have watched baffled as a mysterious force breaks up an asteroid in deep space.<p>Asteroid P/2013 R3, which is located in the Solar System's …

Generation jitters: are we addicted to caffeine?

Caffeine is the drug many of us can't live without – but do you have any idea how much is in your daily hit?<p>Propped up on my desk before me, there is a vacuum-sealed bag of white powder. Chemists would recognise this substance as a methylated xanthine, composed of tiny crystalline structures. It is …

Question Time Audience Member Walks Out In Immigration Row (VIDEO)

BBC Question Time became so explosive when an audience member clashed with a panellist over immigration this week that he ended up getting his coat …

Britons increasingly see rate rise but lower their inflation forecasts - BoE | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons’ expectations for an interest rate hike over the next year are on the rise even as their inflation forecasts have fallen, a quarterly poll commissioned by the Bank of England showed on Friday.<p>The Bank of England is seen in the City of London August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Toby …