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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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas