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

Net immigration up by more than 20%

Plummeting numbers of people leaving the UK to live abroad and the influx of migrants from Eastern Europe led to a 21% increase in net migration last year, figures showed today.

Susan Greenfield: Computers may be altering our brains

The cyber-world is offering an unprecedented environment; the brain may be adapting. We should try to foresee these changes, both positive and negative

Julie Burchill: Men, leave the cleaning to me

I suppose that as a card-carrying, man-mauling, moustache-twirling feminist, I should have dropped my blowtorch in sheer molten glee at the news this week that, over the past 30 years, men have upped their housework contribution some 60 per cent, according to a new survey from Oxford University. Instead, I thought, "Poor emasculated swine – now that's two genders rather than one who've been domesticated. Whoop de doo!"

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Fiona Bruce put her Rear of the Year award to good use'

Who knew that Fiona Bruce modelled for Jackie magazine photo love stories? This is surprising because Fiona is surely a bit of a head-girl type and not someone you would think was given to snogging, sobbing and communicating via the medium of the speech bubble. And yet there she was, in one typical week struggling to choose between outgoing Pete and his rival suitor, the painfully shy Eddie. We learn in late breaking news, if 30 years after the event still qualifies as late, that she plumped for the latter.

Northern humans have bigger brains

People from northern parts of the world have evolved bigger eyes and brains with more developed visual processing to help them to cope with long winters and grey skies, a study has suggested.

Study reveals that tall people are more likely to get cancer

They have more cells and thus more opportunity for mutations which could lead to a malignancy

Caroline Spelman fires starting gun on badger cull

Badgers will be shot in a bid to limit the spread of TB in cattle, the Government is expected to announce today.

The university, the angry writers, and the alleged death of the Oxford comma

A new style guide ruling has stunned punctuation purists. Michael Bywater is thrilled

UK head count highest for 50 years

The country's population rose by 470,000 last year, the highest annual growth rate for nearly 50 years, statistics released today showed.

Peter Bills: England's overseas player selection row

Talking Rugby...

Why homeless men die 22 years younger

Homeless people are six times more likely to die earlier than the general population, according to new research that reveals a hidden cost of the economic downturn.

Doctor Ann McPherson: GP and activist who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying

When the actor Hugh Grant picked up the British Medical Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award for Medical Communication on behalf of Dr Ann McPherson, he described her as "part doctor, part campaigner, part stalker" for her subtle, persistent, and ultimately successful pursuit of his support, and said it was "a massive honour" for him to help pick up her award (which he did alongside Ann's husband, Klim).

Academics vote against David Willetts

Academics at Oxford University today passed a vote of no confidence in Universities Minister David Willetts.

Video: Michelle Obama gives school girls pep talk

On a visit to Oxford University Michelle Obama tells schoolgirls they have the talent and the drive to get an elite education.

Dating advice: Recession? What recession?

Over the last few years all we’ve heard is economic crisis, recession, negative growth, budget cuts and, well, you get the picture.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project