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Academics say half of US jobs could be automated within a decade or two

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Oxford erupts in 'Battle of the Bod'

Paul Gallagher reports from the front line of an academic dust-up

Alcohol passes easily from a mother’s bloodstream to her baby via the placenta

Even moderate drinking during pregnancy can affect child's IQ

Researchers have found that a single unit of alcohol a week resulted in less intelligent babies

McDermid says: 'My five-year plan is to stay alive and write more books'

My Secret Life: Val McDermid, 57, author

'I wanted to be Joni Mitchell'

Women who give up smoking before the age of 30 can cut 97 per cent of health risks, says study

Smoking is more dangerous than previously thought but the benefits of giving up are much greater than expected, according to a study of 1.3 million women.

'Crime' of failing to predict an earthquake that sets a dangerous precedent for science

A very sad business; a dangerous precedent; a sad end to a tragic series of events. These are just some of the comments today from experienced seismologists in Britain about the verdict in an Italian courtroom that has found six scientists and a former government official guilty of multiple manslaughter for the "crime" of failing to predict the notoriously unpredictable.

BBC Director-General, Governor of the Bank of England: Today’s top jobs are too big for anyone

Perhaps some bodies – the Bank of England, the BBC – are too complex to be managed successfully by any single individual

If the tuition fee ceiling is to be raised, students wishing to attend Oxford or Cambridge will be charged the most

Universities have their work cut out to improve social mobility

Reducing fees is one solution, but universities should also reach out to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds while they are in school

'Armchair astronomers' discover planet with four suns

A planet with four suns has been identified by two “armchair astronomers”.

New students should seek education, not satisfaction

A fresher on the joys of exchanging a rigid and prescriptive curriculum for learning through free-form debate.

David Blanchflower: I suspect that the list of those who want to do it is going to be very short

This is a really important job that most people wouldn't touch

Cancer costs EU £99bn per year

Cancer costs European countries 124 billion euros (£99 billion) every year, according to the first estimate of the full economic burden of the disease in the EU.

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Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia

Robert Pattinson is to follow in the footsteps of great British actor Peter O'Toole, by playing Lawrence Of Arabia.

Fewer students to seek university places through clearing this year

Fewer students are likely to seek university places through clearing this year- making it hard for the “squeezed middle” universities to fill their places, according to research published today.

Last Night's Viewing: Wonderland: Young, Bright and on the Right, BBC2

My first thought, I confess, was, "Look out, Jacob Rees-Mogg." At present, the Member for North East Somerset is pretty much unchallenged as our leading Cartoon Conservative. But everything about Joe Cooke seemed to suggest that he couldn't take his pre-eminence for granted.

Lawrence Okoye made his Olympic debut today

London 2012: Team GB discus thrower Lawrence Okoye puts Oxford on hold for Olympics

Team GB's discus thrower Lawrence Okoye put his academic career on hold so that he could pursue his Olympic dreams. 

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
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When two worlds collide

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
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