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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.

Book review: Almost English, By Charlotte Mendelson

This cross-cultural story about the pains of growing up amuses but does not convince

Autism is between three and five times more common in boys than in girls

Men and women with autism may need different treatments

Scan research reveals how the condition affects the brain according to gender

The admissions figures come as Oxbridge snubs the opportunity to have more places available to would-be students through the clearing system

No room for high-flyers: Over 14,000 top pupils to be left disappointed as Oxbridge applications increase

Figures come as Oxbridge snubs opportunity to have more places available to would-be students through the clearing system

Scientists discover what triggers allergic reactions to cats

Research conducted by a University of Cambridge team expands the possibility of creating preventative medicines

Google Doodle celebrates 93rd birthday of DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer made breakthroughs in the field of DNA structure

Members of the public punt along the river Cam in front of the colleges of Cambridge University

River rage and a hit-and-run punting incident

The world of punting sounds sedate but a recent hit-and-run has revealed dark currents beneath the surface

Intern is a new independent print magazine focused on the intern culture of the creative industries

Intern magazine: how to make your own publicity and land a job

This week saw the launch of new magazine, Intern, funded by almost £5,000 of Kickstarter donations.

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Shut up the windows and tuck into a curry: Hot tips for surviving the heatwave

Short of moving somewhere cold, how do you beat the heat? Tom Peck tried some of the many suggestions for staying cool

Researchers suggested that better early life education and improved heart care could be responsible for the decline in dementia

Researchers cut 130,000 from number of UK dementia sufferers

Figure now 670,000 with credit given to better early life education and improved heart care - but rise in obesity could send figure up again

LA Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers

The News Matrix: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Council bans payday loans on public PCs

The penis-shaped bucking bronco from this year's Wyverns garden party

Banned Cambridge jelly wrestlers replaced with giant bucking penis

Following a petition that attracted more than 1,000 signatures, the Wyverns drinking society agreed to cancel their 'traditional' annual jelly wrestling contest. Its replacement, according to some, isn't much better...

Teenagers in Jordan support ‘honour killings,’ research finds

University of Cambridge study shows brutal practice of vigilante justice still holds sway for significant proportions of adolescent population

Three ducklings are alleged to have died in the incident

Cambridge rowers accused of causing death of ducklings in May Bumps race

The annual rowing race has come in for criticism after a boat colliding with a brood of ducks

The Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton for the Princess Cruises naming ceremony

Duchess Of Cambridge launches last chance to speculate over royal baby

The media goes wild as Kate names a new cruise ship

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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