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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee