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

Album review: NYPC, NYPC (The Numbers)

For their third LP, the indie-disco group once known as New Young Pony Club have slimmed to the duo of Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence and abbreviated their name to boot; their music, however, only gets richer. So, while opener “Hard Knocks” has the spry chantability of early hit “Ice Cream”, it proceeds in a more ambiguous register, with sinuous electronica matched by complex emotions.

Robbie the robot in a Japanese adventure: British firm's creation sent to Fukushima

British group's prototype will work in the Fukushima disaster zone, says Mark Leftly

Video: Self-assembling robots cubes jump and snap together

Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture

Boston Dynamics' WildCat quadruped robot sprints at 16mph outside

Latest creation from the DARPA-funded robot-builders shown bounding and galloping across tarmac

Controversy sells: Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines leads the pack in record year for singles sales

The Official Charts Company claims that 2013 will be the biggest year in history for singles sales in Britain

Made in England for 50 years: the lava lamp celebrates its birthday

Invented in 1963, the lava lamp's fortunes have risen and fallen over the years

Scientists have found out the best way to get served at a bar...

At last: Science demonstrates the best way to get served at the bar

It's taken the development of sophisticated robotics, but we're finally there

Man's best friend? Research shows dogs are happy to interact with robots

Canines were happy to follow suggestions from 'social' robots to find food

UK's STRAND project aims to program robot security guards and carers

Research focuses on creation of 4D mapping that takes into account the temporal as well as the spatial dimensions of the built environment.

'Ted Bull Stratos': Raspberry Pi controlled teddy bear Babbage beats Felix Baumgartner's skydiving record

High-altitude balloon and miniature computer used to launch a teddy bear 39,000 meters into the stratosphere.

Admiral sails to eighth profit record

Admiral will this week post its eight-successive year of record profit, despite some of the toughest conditions in the British motor insurance market in  recent years. 

Book review: Tampa, By Alissa Nutting

A paedophile tells all – we learn nothing

Geared up: Diego Luna and Matt Damon in 'Elysium'
J.J. Abrams is set to release the the next Star Wars film in 2015

J.J. Abrams 'Stranger' trailer: Star Wars and Star Trek director posts mystery Youtube video

The in-demand director is stoking interest in something... It's just not clear what

Virtual reality game comes with a warning: 'don't try and lean on that!'

The HydraDeck for the Oculus Rift is so immersive that players are warned not lean on ingame objects

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?