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

Civil servants will learn to save £40bn

Senior civil servants are being sent back to school to brush up their management skills as part of a Government overhaul intended to shave £40bn off the cost of forthcoming "major projects".

Retail veteran warns of 'death spiral' for shopping streets

A veteran retailer has urged the Government to reject Mary Portas's plans to save the high street, claiming many shopping streets are "in a death spiral".

There are 124,000 heart attacks each year in the UK

Opinions are divided over cause of huge drop in heart disease

It is one of medicine's mysteries: what has caused Britain's plummeting rate of heart disease over the last decade? Deaths from heart attacks have halved since 2002 and no one is quite sure why. Similar changes have occurred in countries around the world, but the death rate in England has fallen further and faster than almost anywhere.

Spotlight on: Jason Gissing, Ocadoco-founder

Haven't I seen him with Boris and Dave?

Alice Jones: Dear Loser. Now that's what I call a rejection letter

IMHO... Elly Nowell would have done well to check out the brilliant Letters of Note blog

David says: 'The people who read the history books tend to have a natural zeal and are alarmingly well-read. Those who read the fiction assume that, because I'm also a historian, I know what I'm talking about.'

One Minute With: Saul David, historian

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Research matters: Behind every breakthrough lies first-class infrastructure

World-class research needs facilities that evolve and keep pace with its advances

Student sends Oxford University rejection letter for 'taking itself too seriously'

A student has sent her own rejection letter to a prestigious university criticising it for "intimidating" pupils from comprehensive school backgrounds during the interview process.

Acclaimed crime writer Reginald Hill dies

Reginald Hill, the author of the Dalziel and Pascoe crime novels, has died aged 75.

Oxford professor found dead at the home of 'best friend' and lecturer

An Oxford don who played a leading role in the creation of the world's largest radio telescope has been found dead in what police are treating as murder.

Harvey Nichols sees profits soar

In a sign that the megawealthy keep on spending, Knightsbridge landmark Harvey Nichols has seen pre-tax profit before charitable donations soar38 per cent to nearly £16m.

Gap between rich and poor is still growing, study finds

Nearly 75 per cent of the world's poor live in middle-income countries where their fellow citizens' wealth is growing, a study shows.

Jeremy Laurance: Looking for clarity about drugs? Don't hold your breath

Best headline on a press release from last week? It has to be this from the University of Bristol: "Cannabis causes cognitive chaos in users".

Skeletons reveal sailors' grisly deaths

Botched amputations and scurvy are among the grim realities of naval life during the Napoleonic Wars revealed by a scientific examination of skeletons buried in three Royal Navy graveyards.

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

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