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All Souls College in Oxford University, one of the members of the Russell Group

Just how much do top universities really boost your earnings?

A new study suggests that family background might be a bigger factor in graduates' success

Scientists create the world's fastest spinning man-made object

Microscopic sphere rotated at speeds of 600 million RPM using lasers.

The CERN is also home to the Large Hadron Collider tunnel; seen here is a model of the LHC in the visitor centre

Scientists create world's fastest spinning man-made object

The world's fastest spinning man-made object has been created by a team of researchers at a British university.

Students throughout the UK receive their A Level results

There's no such thing as a 'gender gap' in A-level results

A difference of half a per cent between girls and boys getting A*s is completely meaningless - but that doesn't deter the media frenzy

Thousands of pupils put in for their GCSE exams a year early are likely to get lower grades

Pupils entered for GCSE exams a year early are likely to get lower grades, Ofqual chief warns

Headteachers predict 'significant turbulence' in this year’s results

Schools on course to miss Government's GCSE exam target

The science pass rate is set to drop as a result of examiners making physics, chemistry and biology papers tougher

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have left the solar system after 36 years in space

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have crossed into interstellar space last year to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system, if new research proves correct.

GTA 5 Online amplifies the Grand Theft Auto experience with multiplayer mayhem

Online mode will add multiplayer deathmatches and turf war game modes to the GTA experience

The Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth

It all started with a bang, but the universe may not be expanding after all

Theoretical physicist Christof Wetterich publishes paper 'a Universe without expansion'

Google Doodle honours quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger (and his theoretical cat)

Nobel prize-winning Austrian quantum physicist perhaps most famous for the mind experiment known as Schrödinger’s Cat

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Houston, we have an astronaut.

Michael Gove will be pleased that students are aiming higher

Harder subjects on the rise as pupils go for top universities

Thursday's A-level results will show large increase in students taking maths and sciences

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at Nasr City

Mohamed Morsi supporters stay on Cairo's streets despite massacre of 72 civilians

Supporters of toppled President Mohamed Morsi vowed to continue defying government threats to clear them from their sprawling tent encampment in eastern Cairo – despite the massacre of scores of protesters by security forces over the weekend.

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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
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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