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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

Toyota's violin-playing robot plays at Tokyo's Universal Design Showcase in 2007

Will machines kill mankind? Cambridge academics want to know

Academics highlight threat of super-intelligent technology

James Ashton: Knives out for the Lynch mob as Whitman calls foul over Autonomy founder's books

The two sides repelled almost as soon as Mr Lynch banked his £500m cheque

A mother's story on a soldier's right to life: 'Initially, I just got blanked and treated like a fool by everybody I met'

Sue Smith can barely remember the day she learnt her only son had been killed, the repatriation of his body through RAF Brize Norton or his funeral. Those days are simply a blur of pain.

NHS paying huge price for missed appointments

One in 10 health appointments were missed last year, costing the NHS millions of pounds and delaying treatment for others, figures suggest.

How We Met: Marc Brew & Dame Evelyn Glennie

'I was like a sponge with him and his dancers; I wanted to soak everything up'

Rachel Stubbins is Stubbing Out Problems, Udderbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Rachel Stubbins' agony aunt character is a disappointingly drab creation, albeit a confident one. It is quite a feat that she elicits an emotional response from her audience by the end of her show, snatching it rather from the jaws of indifference.

Mary Dejevsky: One way for MPs to have it all

When Louise Mensch resigned this week as an MP, she said she wanted to keep her family together. This is a choice that relationships across distances tend sooner or later to demand, and – old-fashioned though it seems – it still tends to be the woman who moves. For MPs representing constituencies outside London, an MP's life requires enough commuting; Mensch concluded that adding another home, on another continent, was one too far.

Practical tips on how to get into a top start-up accelerator

The quality of the founder and the strengths of the team can be just as important as a good business model when pitching to a start-up accelerator, claims Ragnar Sass

Simon Kelner: The Skype's the limit for my technophobic brain

Ihave sat in more advertising presentations than is good for me. I've had more than my share of creative types with their sharp haircuts, their blue-framed spectacles and their Perspex briefcases. And I would be filled with joy if I never heard the phrase "low-hanging fruit" again.

Observations: If only Irving Berlin had had broadband

When UK-based Jonathan Kydd and Californian-based Andy Street, who writes the incidental music for American Idol, decided to write a musical together they were not deterred by distance.

Top 10 tips for planning your gap year

Each year, approximately 230,000 young people in the UK plan their gap year. If you haven’t travelled abroad for a substantial amount of  time it can be a daunting task.

Skype comes calling on PS Vita

Skype have unveiled a new addition to their video calling service with the news that Sony’s PS Vita will soon offer Skype video calling capabilities and voice calling on both Wi-Fi and 3G models.

Conor Maynard’s debut single, ‘Can’t Say No’ hit the charts at No 2, displacing ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber

May day looming as British Bieber replaces real deal

He already has the doe-eyed good looks and an army of female fans called the Mayniacs. Now Conor Maynard can really be called "Britain's Justin Bieber" after the Brighton musical prodigy displaced the Canadian idol from the upper reaches of the chart with his debut single.

Conor Maynard’s debut single, ‘Can’t Say No’ hit the charts at No 2, displacing ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber

Conor Maynard: Britain's Justin Bieber? The YouTube star outselling a rival teen idol

You may never have heard of Conor Maynard, but his 'Mayniacs' have. Adam Sherwin on the singer hitting the big time – from his bedroom

Naples museum burns art works in cuts protest

A museum chief in Naples has begun torching contemporary works of art in protest at budget cuts that have hit Italy's cultural institutes particularly hard.

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