Online boom forces John Lewis to axe 325 managers, despite retailer being one of the strongest performers on the high street

Online boom forces John Lewis to axe 325 managers, despite retailer being one of the strongest performers on the high street Retailer is to axe hundreds of senior roles at its 28 department stores'Streamlining' management structures as more customers shop onlineFirm's Christmas online sales were up 44 per cent year on yearOverall sales rose by 15 per cent for the five weeks to December 29 By Rupert Steiner PUBLISHED: 01:56 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 14 February 2013 It is seen as one of the safe havens of the high street. But John Lewis, held up as the face of ‘responsible capitalism’ by ministers, is axing hundreds of senior roles at its 28 department stores. The popular retailer yesterday announced plans to wipe out 325 departmental manager posts – paying salaries of 35,000 to 45,000 – despite being one of the high street’s strongest performers

The camera you can swallow: New capsule could help detect early stages of caner of the oesophagus

The camera you can swallow: New capsule could help detect early stages of cancer of the oesophagusGround breaking device the size of a large multivitamin pillCaptures microscopic images that detect changes in cells By James Black PUBLISHED: 21:47 GMT, 13 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 14 January 2013 A swallowable camera-in-a-capsule could help doctors spot early signs of oesophageal cancer, research has shown. The hi-tech transparent device is about the size of a large multivitamin pill. It contains a rapidly rotating laser that shines a beam of near-infrared light onto the wall of the oesophagus, or gullet, the pipe that carries food to the stomach.

The 1,000-year-old wooden bridges that keep modern China moving: Stunning timber structures have withstood test of time

The 1,000-year-old wooden bridges that keep modern China moving: Stunning timber structures have withstood test of timeRemarkable images of bridges built nearly 1,000 years ago and still in useThe wooden bridges in south east China have been listed as cultural relicsKnowledge and skills been passed on down the years to maintain them | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 27 December 2012 Still standing and still in every-day use – the arched wooden bridges built in China nearly 1,000 years ago demonstrate the true skill of the master craftsmen who first constructed them. These stunning structures show how not every part of China has been altered by its remarkable rate of development.

The eyes have it: The iris pictured in remarkable detail by incredible close up shots

The eyes have it: The iris pictured in remarkable detail by incredible close-up shots | UPDATED: 16:52 GMT, 12 December 2012 When you think of an eyeball, you probably think of a smooth marble-like sphere. But these remarkable pictures seem less like a part of human anatomy and more like pitted cratered landscapes. They show the complex and intricate textures hidden within the iris that give our eyes our unique and enchanting character

OMG! Txts make u gd at writing? Srsly? How "text speak" can help pupils write essays

OMG! Txts make u gd at writing Srsly How 'text speak' can help pupils write essays By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 10:06 GMT, 1 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:06 GMT, 1 December 2012 Many have branded text messages as the bane of modern-day writing, claiming that the widespread use of abbreviations and slang is chipping away at basic writing skills. Yet a study by a research team for the Department for Education has found that text messages, blogging and social media can actually help hone the skills of youngsters

Calvin Seibert: Incredible photographs show artist"s amazing geometric sandcastles

Bet he needs more than a bucket and spade! Incredible photographs show artist's amazing geometric sandcastles | UPDATED: 23:52 GMT, 28 November 2012 As any parent will know, building the perfect sandcastle is no easy task. But as these incredible pictures show, sandcastle artist Calvin Seibert has managed it to perfection. He has created these astonishing geometric structures out of one of the world's most delicate mediums.