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

A colony of ants have set up home in the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how their behavior changes in an environment of low gravity

Houston ... we have ants in space! Colony of 800 arrives on International Space Station

It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots

Robots to get their own internet to share tips and learn from one another

“The goal is to allow robotic systems to benefit from the experience of other robots, paving the way for rapid advances in machine cognition"

Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from 'stock picking robot' scam ordered to pay back over £100,000

Twin brothers who allegedly made millions from a ‘stock picking robot’ scam have been ordered to pay back over £100,000.

Video gallery: meet Google's new robotic circus

Google's recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics means that the search giant now has access to bots that can stride, gallop and leap - see below to take a look at some of the most fascinating and advanced robots on YouTube

The six-wheeled Jader Rabbit rover is seent separating from the Chang'e-3 moon lander.

Gallery: China's Jade Rabbit rover sends back its first pictures from the Moon

The 600lb robot succesfully detached from the Chang'e-3 lander this weekend

Science Minister David Willetts: Britain can help send astronaut to Mars within 30 years

An astronaut could be walking on Mars within the next 30 years, the minister for universities and science predicted yesterday, as he pledged Britain’s support for a new “collaborative space race”.

Emily Mytton, Kelly Williams, Adam Godley and Victoria Mosely in 'From Morning to Midnight'

From Morning to Midnight, theatre review: 'A strangely hollow experience'

Lyttelton, National Theatre

Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson let 11 points slip through his goal kicking inaccuracy

Exeter 9 Toulon 14 match report: Henry Slade sparkles but Jonny Wilkinson kicks Chiefs into touch

Wilkinson let 11 points slip away through missed kicks but valiant Chiefs are seen off thanks to late drop goal

PS4 game reviews: Killzone: Shadow Fall; Knack; Resogun

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Here come the bots: meet the seven types of robot that Google has purchased

Robots that carry, sort and see; Google has bought some real talent to kickstart its new division aimed at automating manufacturing and supply chains

Books of the year 2013: Children

The Book of Bedtime Stories (Walker, £14.99) consists of 10 original tales selected by Michael Rosen from more than 400 entries for last year's Mumsnet and Gransnet children's story competition. Each illustrated by an up-and-coming artist, themes range from the adventures of a pig-riding sheriff to the exciting rescue of a dancing bear. Beautifully produced, this could be a collector's item. Alex T. Smith's Claude in the Spotlight (Hodder, £4.99 paperback) tells how the amiable dog of the title, accompanied by his regular friend Sir Bobblysock, gets caught up in a theatrical performance that nearly goes terribly wrong. Illustrated on every page by the author, this cheerfully eccentric story is highly entertaining. So too is Bernardo Atxaga's The Adventures of Shola (Pushkin Children's Books, £14.99). Translated from the Basque by Margaret Jull Costa and lavishly illustrated by Mikel Valverde, these gently ironic stories about another small dog whose aspirations regularly outrun her abilities are totally charming.

British RoboThespian is a life sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment

Video: International Robot Exhibition 2013

Robot makers show off their latest designs at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo, Japan.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars

Star Wars sequel to hold open casting: Could you get a part?

Two lead roles in the next Star Wars movie are set to be filled by unknowns, as Disney, who bought Lucasfilm last year, will hold auditions open to the public this week. If you could play a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl, or a "smart capable" man in his 20s you could be one step away from Hollywood. Other parts also potentially on offer include...

Algorithm teaches robots that knifes and humans don't mix

"Corrective feedback" lets humans teach robots how to handle a range of everyday objects correctly, from sharp ones  like knives to fragile ones like eggs

The 10 Best Eco toys

Give your children an early lesson in values with this pick of educational and environmentally friendly playthings

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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