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Police rule out crimes at Tobin seaside home

Police today ruled out any crimes linked to serial killer Peter Tobin at a second seaside property where he used to live.

Government urged to protect research institutions

The Government should cut student places at second-rate universities to protect Britain's "world-class" research institutions, the head of University College London said today.

Leading Article: Lecturers should get real about the cuts

University lecturers are threatening national strike action over redundancies. They have rejected proposed changes to their pensions and are asking for a 4 per cent pay rise this year. Are such demands from the University and College Union realistic in such austere times for the economy? We would argue they are not, given the dire state of the public finances and the expected shortfall in the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension pot.

Leading Article: University bosses should take a pay cut

The new Business Secretary, Vince Cable, is quite right to single out the pay of vice-chancellors for attack. There have been extraordinary increases in vice-chancellors' salaries in the past decade: last year, their pay and benefits rose by more than 10 per cent.

Scientists reveal the secrets of Easter Island's fallen idols

According to Polynesian legend, the stone monoliths of Easter Island were put into place by a king who invoked divine power to command the statues to walk. Archaeologists have long preferred the more prosaic theory that they were heaved into position along a network of purpose-built tracks.

How flossing can save your life

We know it helps stop tooth decay – but new research shows that good oral care can prevent heart disease, diabetes and even dementia

Protests by academics may be the sign of more serious industrial unrest to come

Lecturers are fighting cuts to higher education, but universities say they are necessary.

My First Job: Wayne Hemingway, designer and Red or Dead founder

'We started with nothing. We never borrowed money, so there was no fear'

Twins reunited after separation surgery

Conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf were reunited today for the first time since the mammoth operation to separate them.

Students hit by lecturers' strike

College and university lecturers mounted picket lines today as they staged a one-day strike in protest at funding cuts.

'Little fighter' twins stable after surgery

Conjoined twins dubbed the "little fighters" after being separated by surgeons remain in a stable condition, a hospital said toda

Professor David Furley: Celebrated scholar of Greco-Roman philosophy

David Furley was one of the 20th century's outstanding scholars of Greco-Roman philosophy. The quantity of Furley's published output is perhaps modest by today's standards. But virtually every item is a gem, and many have become classics.

Lecturers set for strike over cuts plans

The biggest outbreak of industrial action by college and university lecturers in London for over two years is threatened next month in a worsening row over funding cuts, union leaders warned today.

Oxford struggles for cash after £6m teaching cuts

Oxford University is bracing itself for a decade of swingeing cuts, according to college bursars.

Second, more powerful Icelandic volcano likely to explode soon

Despite grounding 100,000 flights across Europe, battering a beleaguered airline industry, stranding hundreds of thousands of travellers, disrupting schools and businesses, and giving homes under flight paths their first peace and quiet in decades, the current volcano eruption may be only a teaser of chaos to come.

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