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From Furbys to robotic puppies, there are lots of fun, innovative and educational toys in the shops this year. Kate Hilpern picks the ones the kids (and big kids) will love

Jupiter mission blasts off

Nasa has launched a solar-powered spacecraft on a five-year mission to Jupiter.

'Gender-neutral' pre-school accused of mind control

Staff at Swedish kindergarten told not to refer to children as 'him' or 'her' to avoid stereotyping

Between The Covers: 26/06/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Internet names to get huge boost

A massive new store of potential internet domain names is to be released based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system's biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago.

The end of the dotcom era... internet's law-makers to overhaul naming rules

The letters "com" forming the end of web addresses are so familiar they've become part of our language, but companies could soon be able to replace them with their brand name in a shake-up in the way the web is organised.

Tips and deals of the week: 22/05/2011

The flight

Air Canada introduces direct summer flights from Heathrow to St John's in Newfoundland, starting this week from £707 return.

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Jelly in your wellies – lots of silly fun as kids run their own festival

The youngsters of Farnham are having a ball raising money to save river meadows as a public space

The Secret History Of: The PH Artichoke

I t has not escaped Secret History's notice that there's a certain fascination with all things Danish at the moment – the jumpers, The Killing, the interior design (that's Lego for the small ones). So we bring you this week... the Artichoke Lamp.

Video: Brazil builds world's tallest lego tower

Brazil has broken the record for the world's tallest lego building.

Lego profits soar thanks to 'the force' and some wizardry

The force is with Lego, the Danish toymaker which saw profits soar by a galactic 63 per cent last year thanks to a boost from Darth Vader and friends.

Christina Patterson: Why we should be grateful to a young offender's mother

For some 18-year-olds, being photographed holding hands with your mother would be quite punishment enough. So would the suit. And the tie. Even if it was loosely knotted and worn with a not-fully-buttoned-up shirt.

October: Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail...but use a bike

Where to go, what to do in 2011

Lego: If you build it, they will come

It's just lumps of snap-together plastic, yet in a virtual age, children are still clamouring for Lego. And it's a favourite that we don't outgrow, says Nick Duerden

Brick by brick: Lego begins building in Europe

Danish toymaker Lego will open 14 stores in Europe by the end of the year, just seven years after previous expansion plans failed.

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EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

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Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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