As an engineering student, you could study any topics from waste management and recycling, to water treatment

What's it like to study... Engineering

Cat Clarkson studies Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham and has been studying engineering for the last seven years

Sally Ride: The first American woman in space

In 1983 Dr Sally Ride, who has died of cancer, became the first American women to journey into space, as part of a five-person crew aboard the Challenger space shuttle. She said of the voyage "The thing that I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun I'll ever have in my life."

Shooting victim Alexander Boik’s mother comforts one of her son’s friends at a memorial service in Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday

Cinema killer 'used his university research job to order bomb parts'

James Eagan Holmes, the man suspected of shooting dead 12 people in a cinema in a Denver suburb last week, may have used his position as a researcher at the University of Colorado medical school to order the equipment for a booby-trap bomb designed to cause a second scene of mayhem, it has emerged.

Shooting victim Alexander Boik’s mother comforts one of her son’s friends at a memorial service in Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday

Gun club alert for cinema killings suspect

Police piece together detailed planning as  President flies in to meet victims' families

Britain's scientists are keeping Team GB on track for medals

A 'vibrating suit' is among many aids designed to help UK athletes boost their performance

Preserving the humble British apple: breathing life back into a dying industry

From farmers' markets to the shelves of the UK's largest supermarkets: how one female entrepreneur's business idea helped reinvigorate the ailing British apple industry

The big ask: Emily Blunt and Jason Segel in 'The Five-Year Engagement'

The Five-Year Engagement (15)

A romcom that rings true at last

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom, who died on 12 June aged 78, was an Indiana University professor of political science who became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics. Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics with Oliver Williamson from the University of California, Berkeley. They were honoured for analysing the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

David Cameron presented with anti-gay marriage petition signed by 500,000

David Cameron was today presented with a mass petition opposing plans to introduce same-sex marriage.

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Art is a commitment to risk, a reflection of life – nothing stays the same'

"Fearless" seems an odd description for Helaine Blumenfeld, an artist who makes unabashedly beautiful sculptures, but in a moment when beauty and spirituality are considered pejorative descriptions for artworks, it takes a courageous artist, particularly a woman, to persevere.

Postgraduate students are being used as 'slave labour'

Postgraduate research students are increasingly being used as 'slave labour' to cut teaching costs at universities across the UK, a London conference heard yesterday.

Dr Brooke Magnanti: 'Scrubbing toilets was far more offensive than being a call girl'

Readers of 'Belle de Jour' often thought I was cold I think part of that is a scientific detachment that came through in my writing, which was influenced by my scientific education. When I was anonymous [writing her "Diary of a London Call Girl" blog] people identified this trait and made the accusation that I must be a man. But I also heard from lots of sex workers who said, "This is true to my experience."

Dry as a bone: a trainer in a plasma chamber

How to waterproof absolutely anything

It's easy enough to make a jacket water-resistant. But what about a shoe, a hearing aid or even a paper tissue? Hal Hodson meets the researchers taking waterproofing into the future

Courses focus on skills such as clinical leadership and service evaluation

A critical interest inquality care

Nurses can pursue a medical specialism by enrolling on a flexible postgraduate course, writes Russ Thorne

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
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Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I am a paedophile'

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How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

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Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital