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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

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The “world’s fastest payment system” uses facial recognition technology to authorise transactions

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A tech start-up based in Helsinki has developed the world’s first facial recognition payment system. Designed to effectively transform your face into your PIN, the terminals use cameras to confirm your identity, meaning all the shopper needs to do is look into the lens and press OK.

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to receive posthumous pardon for homosexuality conviction

The Government says it will not oppose a parliamentary bill that would quash the 1952 'gross indecency' conviction

Academics deride league tables that guide Michael Gove's reforms

Utterly wrong! Flawed! Academics deride league tables that guide Michael Gove's reforms

Model used to calculate triennial rankings contains 'profound' error, says mathematician

Scones with jam and cream are a British institution

The cream of all teas: Get your scones, jam and cream just right - with the help of mathematics

Scones with jam and cream are a British institution and people from Cornwall and Devon each claim the cream tea its own. But the Cornish believe they have the might of mathematical reasoning behind them.

The paper raises the question of whether alien races could have used the gravity of stars to “slingshot” probes in order to gain speed: a technique humans already use for probes, such as the Voyager.

Self-replicating alien space probes could already be in our solar system, say mathematicians

Mathematicians analysed the possibility that probes could travel through space in a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology

Teachers are only human - any school reform measures must take account of this

Experience shows you should not underestimate the extent to which the accountability system encourages teachers to act in certain ways

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Abu Qatada will be able to preach while incarcerated at Jordanian prison

'He is treated just like any other guest, and has no restrictions imposed on him,' says official at Muwaqqar facility

The conversational agent or 'chatbot' known as Negobot is a sophisticated computer program capable of fooling sexual predators

Virtual Lolita poses as schoolgirl aged 14 to trap online paedophiles

As target begins to employ grooming tactics, the 'chatbot' changes in ways designed to lure him in

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