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

The 10 Best remote-control toys

Here are the hi-tech playthings you’ll be filling stockings up with this Christmas. Just watch your ankles...

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Review

An unsubtle fighter derived from brute force and blunt objects.

Civilian drones will be 'common in a decade' but pilotless passenger planes are still a long way off

Pilotless civilian aircraft could start to become a common sight in British skies within the next 10 years, it was claimed today.

Robot could help you lose weight

If you're growing a gut, but can't afford a personal trainer, there's a robot than might be able to help you with that. The Autom social bot tracks weight loss and is designed to interact with dieters on a daily basis, offering personalised incentives and encouragement. Its makers claim that “by developing an emotional bond with the robot, users are more likely to stick with healthy eating plans”. But can you stomach the idea of being told what to eat by a robot that's not once tasted ice-cream?

Loserville, Garrick Theatre, London

With the pioneering verbatim-based London Road at the National and the RSC's exuberant Matilda conquering the West End, the British musical has been showing signs of bold, fresh life in the past couple of years.

Yoda purpurata is one of three new species of deep-sea acorn worms discovered 1.5 miles beneath the Atlantic

Meet Yoda, the deep-sea acorn worm who lives 1.5 miles beneath the waves

A worm from an ecosystem far, far away on the ocean floor has been named after the Star Wars character Yoda.

Speedball 2 – Retrospect

For all of its violence and sci-fi bluster Speedball 2 is a story about the underdog.

Honda to launch 'robot lawnmower' that cuts your grass for you

Honda is to launch a robot lawn mower which will automatically cut household grass.

Nasa's Mars rover flexes its robotic arm

Nasa's Mars rover has taken another small step for robot-kind.

My Edinburgh: Humphrey Ker, Comedian

Reading an Edinburgh Fringe-related article in The Independent are we?

Rover ready for Mars landing

A one-ton rover as big as a Mini Cooper will land on Mars this morning to start an investigation into the presence of water and signs of life on the planet.

My Secret Life: Newton Faulkner, 27, singer-singwriter

My parents were… My dad wrote children's books. He wrote The Wide-Mouthed Frog. My mum did all kinds of things; she worked for Apple at one point, the Beatles' label. Both were relatively hippie-ish; there are amazing pictures of my dad in little round blue glasses and ridiculously long hair… though I can't really say anything about long hair!

Tom Daley believes he can still win an Olympic medal in the individual events

Diving: 'We know exactly what to do', says Tom Daley as he refuses to give up on London 2012 medal dream

Despite yesterday's disappointing result in the synchronised diving with Pete Waterfield, Tom Daley still believes he can win an Olympic medal at London 2012.

Shine, Shine, Shine By Lydia Netzer

The Stepford husband who went to the Moon

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

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
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

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