News Have self service checkouts made shoplifting easier?

More than £1.6bn worth of groceries and other goods are being stolen every year by supermarket customers using self-service tills, according to a new survey.

It's not only French students are ignoring at their peril but also Spanish and German

Languages need to be continued by all

Languages can not only help your career but can change the way you think for the better

John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

John Oliver: From 'The Daily Show' to his own show

British presenter lands his own weekly comedy series on HBO

Trumpington, Cambridge, where the encounter happened

Angry Cambridge pensioner hits out at passing cyclist with bag of dog poo

A pensioner was walking her dog in a leafy Cambridge suburb when she came up with a memorable and slightly disgusting way of dealing with the scourge of cyclists who had been winding her up for some time.

Multiple sclerosis: Researchers publish 48 genes linked to the disease

Added to results from a similar study from 2011, there are now 110 genetic variants linked to MS

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

Cambridge University scientists reveal changes in brain for compulsive porn users which don't occur in those with no such habit

David Lloyd George, photographed in 1929, held powerful positions in government and politics for 25 years and exhibited symptoms of HS

Power corrupts but it also plays with your mind: Lloyd George, Chamberlain and Thatcher all suffered from 'hubris syndrome'

Ex-foreign secretary, Lord Owen, tells conference that condition leads to disastrous decision-making

Scientists have been trying to figure out the different ways in which the world could end

Stephen Hawking's on the team - but why no Bruce Willis? World’s biggest brains get together to work out how to save us all from the end of the world

Leading scholars establish centre for the study of 'existential risk' in order to prepare for potentially devastating events

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven, experts have warned

Children should not start school until age six or seven, experts warn

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven because of the “profound damage” the current education system is causing, a group of experts has warned.

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Richard III had stomach worms, research reveals

Richard III suffered from a roundworm infection, according to research carried out on his skeleton.

Bill Oddie: The bird-watching broadcaster talks pompous drummers and blasted leaf-blowers

You can waste a lot of time looking for a specific bird While some bird-watchers have a bird-watching bucket list, I don't, as the most memorable and enjoyable days out can't be predicted. I'll never forget one day in New York in early May, standing at the top of the Empire State Building. I spotted what at first looked like moths, but became a flock of migrating birds, travelling past me, at the same height as I was.

University of Cambridge graduates will now be able to graduate in either skirts or suits, irrespective of gender

Cambridge adopts gender-neutral dress code for grads

Cambridge University has changed its historic dress code, theoretically allowing men to graduate in skirts - and women in suits

The 'Graf Zeppelin', seen here in 1931, was the most famous of the German military airships

Q: How many cows does it take to build a Zeppelin? A: 250,000

Wurst luck – how building of airships hit German sausage-eaters

Students sitting an A-level maths exam

Top private schools could scrap A-levels over Michael Gove’s exam reforms

Leading independent schools are considering ditching A-levels in favour of their international equivalent as a result of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s exam reforms.

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Major medical journal Lancet under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

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Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

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Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

Khorasan is back in Syria

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Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

In the driving seat: Peter Kay

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