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Like lots of academic research, the new Oxford University study into us short-arses (I qualify, I believe) says nothing terribly new. Supposed "Short Man Syndrome" has been around for as long as us short blokes have taken our tiny strides across God's earth.

Canadians are eyeing up London's Cheese Grater

March of the maple leaf: Canada buys up in Britain

The country's pension funds splash out on UK property

Researchers at oxford have found they can improve the recovery time of mice exposed to irregular patterns of light and dark

One step closer: the pill that brings jet lag down to earth

Scientists blocked particular gene to improve the recovery time of mice

Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and coach Darren Lehmann

The Light Roller: Back-to-back contests will fire up the Ashes down under

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Hated buildings are lined up for Carbuncle Cup

It is the prize no one wants to win. Six architectural firms will be sweating this week as they wait to hear on Friday whether their building has won the 2013 Carbuncle Cup, the award bestowed on Britain's ugliest building.

Imperial College is one of the London universities that Tim Hands has suggested might be a new 'super league'

The end of Oxbridge dominance?

The Oxbridge ‘hegemony’ will end as a new ‘super Ivy League’ of universities emerges, a leading headmaster has said

New research claims molecule measured in bloodstream can identify people intent on taking their own life

A blood test for suicide? US study raises controversial prospect to identify people at risk

New research claims molecule measured in bloodstream can identify people intent on taking their own life

Seven A* A-levels and still a rejection from Oxford

A student who achieved seven A*s in his A-levels yesterday has been rejected from Oxford - but  isn’t 'in any way disappointed'.

Tyrone or not Tyrone: Katie Hopkins called out by Oxford student for snobbery

The Apprentice's Katie Hopkins believes people called Tyrone aren't destined for greatness. Not so, claims mixed-race Oxford undergraduate Tyrone Steele

Only one in 10 Britons has best friend of different race

Survey reveals extent of social segregation in UK – along both ethnic and class boundaries

The ten men will appear at Coventry Crown Court

Ten charged in Coventry over teen sex abuse

At least four of the defendants are members of the same family

Book of a lifetime: Three Men in a Boat, By Jerome K Jerome

Three Men in a Boat is the book I've read more times than any other. I keep returning to it, but not out of choice. It's more of a compulsion, a sudden urge whenever I'm in need of a dose of humanity and laugh-out-loud humour.

Members of the public punt along the river Cam in front of the colleges of Cambridge University

River rage and a hit-and-run punting incident

The world of punting sounds sedate but a recent hit-and-run has revealed dark currents beneath the surface

Detectives issue MDMA warning after Martha Fernback dies in cardiac arrest

The 15-year-old reportedly fell ill after consuming what she thought was the class A drug

Three found guilty of raping teenager

Three men have been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting a vulnerable young girl. The men, who – along with two others – were suspected of running a child sex abuse ring in London, were found guilty on five separate counts.

The other blue planet: HD 189733b's stunning azure hue revealed by Hubble telescope for first time

Deep cobalt colouring comes from drops of liquid gas raining horizontally in 7,000 km/h winds

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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