News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Screenshot from MIT's Immersion video

MIT's 'Immersion' project reveals the power of metadata

Online tool uses individuals' Gmail metadata to create accurate maps of personal relationships

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
'Yeah' is one of the most persuasive terms you can use in a staid meeting

Yeah, yeah, yeah: These words will get you ahead in business meetings, yeah?

For some, repeating the mantra “yeah, yeah, yeah” is a standard way of expediting the increasing the number of meetings that blight many workers’ lives.

Asteroid nine times the size of the QE2 liner to sail pass Earth

An asteroid nine times larger than the QE2 is due to sail past the Earth later this month.

Oxbridge best in the world for seven subjects

Budding philosophers, linguists, mathematicians and historians can do no better than head to Oxbridge to study, new research suggests.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, one of the Boston bombing suspects

Making sense of the Boston bombing suspects: Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'was nothing out of the ordinary, a friendly giant'

Locals struggle to explain the bomber suspects’ motives

Boston's day of bedlam: how the hunt unfolded

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An online petition against the practice, launched by a group calling itself Professionals Against Machine Scoring of Student Essays in High-Stakes Assessment, has amassed almost 2,000 signatures - including that of Noam Chomsky - protesting at the idea

Professors angry over essays marked by computer

US universities offer software which they claim can instantly grade students' essays and short written answers

On campus at the world-renowned Harvard University

Harvard's quiz champions stripped of titles after cheating scandal

Student apologises for accessing question database

Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit

Colleagues of 'seer of the web' Aaron Swartz face dark questions over his suicide

He was an internet pioneer – but now the foremost IT college in America faces questions in its possible role in the tragedy

Few British students will get the chance to study at Yale

Overseas study is good for business

Lack of opportunity, cash and ambition stops our students learning abroad

An Ocean County voter in Toms River, New Jersey, carries her completed ballot in an envelope, in a special early mail voting arrangement to allow citizens of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to vote in person on short notice in the US national and local election.

Concerns raised over New Jersey's e-mail and fax ballots

Experts on voting security and computer technology warned Monday that New Jersey's plan to allow residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy to cast ballots by e-mail could be easily undermined by hacking or other forms of fraud.

Heathrow third runway 'would triple pollution deaths'

A third runway at Heathrow would triple the number of early deaths from pollution linked to the airport, a new study claims.

How the Hippies Saved Physics, By David Kaiser

If it strikes you that quantum physics has a hint of psychedelic weirdness, you're right if a bit late.

Dame Julie Andrews: The Sound of Music star lost her vocal range after surgery

Bionic vocal cord may restore the sound of Dame Julie

The actress Dame Julie Andrews, star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, is working with scientists developing artificial vocal cords that might restore her voice.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform