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Much as we should be disgusted by their crimes, locking people up for a century will not make our country a safer place

Ask the Independent: How do I decide who to vote for?

Our experts tackle the questions that are perplexing readers

Sociology lessons World of Warcraft-style

It’s no secret that ‘WoW’ fans take their game of choice very seriously. But it’s not just part-time orcs and weekend mages who are passionate about the title’s importance. The sociologist William Sims Bainbridge has just published a book, ‘The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in aVirtual World’, which explores whether what happens in the Warcraft World could predict what happens in reality.

Journey Into Space, By Toby Litt

When I was a child, I had a nightmare about space; nothing I've ever read or seen since has recaptured the pitiless immensity of it. Until this novel. In the not-too-distant future, a spaceship is journeying through deep space carrying 100 would-be colonists – or rather, the ancestors of would-be colonists – for the voyage to the destined planet will take generations.

Peter Squires: Why did he kill so many girls?

The perpetrator in a school shooting usually acts based on some sort of grudge, but in this case none is obviously apparent.

Exam watchdog: media studies <i>is</i> easiest A-level

Media studies and sociology make easier A-level options than traditional choices such as English, history and biology, an analysis for the Government's exam watchdog has concluded.

Business attacks Brown's tax rises

Business reacted with anger yesterday after Gordon Brown tightened the screw further on the corporate sector with a series of measures that will raise hundreds of millions of pounds in new taxes.

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Scholar of the sociology of religion

Gillian Welch, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Get yer Mojos out for the lass (and her lad...)

Me And My Home: Drinks are on the house

Gwenda Brophy talks to Deborah Nichol about her converted 18th-century pub

The Pretenders, Scala, London, ****

Pure pop gems and sex appeal

Respect: the formation of character in a world of inequality by Richard Sennett

An architect of sympathy faced by brutal reality

Love and Dirt: the marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick by Diane Atkinson

Equal rights? Not bloody likely

Student safe but mystery remains

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

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The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
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Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

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Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
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How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
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Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
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Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines