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The House of Lords will decide whether to make the subject compulsory: let's hope they make the right choice

'What's the weirdest restaurant you've ever visited?'

Tombs: this weird restaurant in Ahmedabad, India is famous for its milk tea and the tombs between the tables. The owner, who claims to have opened the restaurant 40 years ago, says he does not know who is buried there.

Elderly South Africans 'rub condoms on their knees to ease arthritis pain'

Free condoms distributed to reduce the spread of HIV in South Africa are being used by the elderly in attempts to relieve arthritis, according to a government official.

Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

Boris Johnson on ‘hairbrained’ Sherlock barb: ‘The BBC’s raison d’etre is to attack Conservative politicians’

The Mayor of London has responded to the television show after it portrayed him as an 'incoherent' politician responsible for 'hair-brained' schemes

Male contraceptive pill brought a step closer

The new approach, which involves blocking the release of sperm brings scientists closer to developing an effective male pill

The Conversation: Pornography director Anna Arrowsmith on politics, Page 3, and how David Cameron inspired one of her films

Was it a surprise to be invited to the BBC's 100 Women conference?

Love is the drug putting couples at risk of Aids in Africa

A fear of disrupting the trust between couples in long-term relationships in Africa is preventing many from seeking the protection they need from HIV

The wonder material graphene may provide the answer in the quest for thinner, stronger, safer and more desirable condoms

Discovering graphene was only the start - its potential is almost limitless

We could yet see it used in goods as diverse as condoms and lexible electronics

The wonder material Graphene may provide the answer in the quest for thinner, stronger, safer and more desirable condoms

Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation help fund development of the new material to promote condom use and stop the spread of HIV

The video of a dolphin is shocking, but is it just because it reminds us of ourselves?

We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Skyscrapers are the architectural equivalent of penis extensions

The original breed of classic towers has become an endangered species

The News Matrix: Saturday 7 September 2013

University to scrap zero-hours contracts

The porn industry in the US west coast has called a halt to filming after an actor tested positive for HIV

Porn film production suspended after Cameron Bay tests positive for HIV

Los Angeles' adult film industry announces moratorium on new movies after actor's diagnosis, although infection believed not to have happened on set

A packed Brighton beach last weekend

From fridges to loo seats – things we’ve left on the beach

Teams clear up anything from cigarette butts to medical waste

A Daft (Punk) marketing boost for Durex: 'Get Lucky' but not pregnant - or infected with something nasty

It seems like an inspired bit of joined-up PR thinking – an invitation from Daft Punk to “Get Lucky” but not also pregnant, or infected with something nasty. The French duo responsible for the horribly catchy single of the summer had apparently jumped into bed  with Durex to create condoms with packaging inspired by the cover of their album, Random Access Memories.

Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Durex condom range, posted on Instagram by DJ Diplo

Daft Punk releases 'Get Lucky' condom range

In a product placement deal that was waiting to happen, Daft Punk have created a range of ‘Get Lucky’ condoms with Durex.

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