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Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Cisco Ireland general manager Mike Conroy says organisations must operate security solutions everywhere a threat could manifest itself. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Hackers exploit vulnerabilities while organisations are focusing on high-profile threats such as Heartbleed, Cisco Systems has warned.A security repo(...)

Derval O’Rourke with her silver medal from the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg. O’Rourke is in line to claim another medal retrospectively from the 2013 Indoor European Championships, also in Gothenburg. She finished fourth in the final but race winner Nevin Yanit subsequently tested positive. Photograph: David Sleator

Scientists expect to expose many more athletes as drug cheats if the International Olympic Committee can agree a mechanism for retrospective testin(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin meets with volunteers who are taking part in the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Photograph: Alexei Nikolskyi/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin says gay people should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must “leave the children (...)

Researchers found that pop and rock trumped classical music for power-boosting effects

You’ve heard of talking to your plants, but how about playing music to your solar cells? Researchers have found that playing acoustic vibrations – inc(...)