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.

'Artificial pancreas' promises to transform treatment of diabetes

Successful trial means diabetics could be freed of constant need to check blood glucose levels
Cambridge's iconic Senate House

Oxbridge Finals: The toughest exams in the country

Everyone's exams are hard, but there are few as gruelling as those at Oxbridge. Cambridge finalist Samantha Hunt explains what the pressure's like

The Internship - canny timing, given what's been in the news lately

Top British universities lead the charge against unpaid internship culture

Advertising unpaid positions for new graduates has now been banned by several leading UK universities.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

School pupils will be taught too much politics under Michael Gove's new curriculum, says Cambridge professor

Proposed changes include more chronological approach to history and a more British perspective

Stephen Hawking admits the biggest blunder of his scientific career - early belief that everything swallowed up by a black hole must be lost forever

Cosmologist also predicts the end of humanity on Earth and urges continuation of space exploration

Sir Robert Edwards developed IVF in the 1960s and 1970s

He was like a grandfather to me: first test-tube baby leads tributes to IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards

Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby”, led tributes for IVF pioneer Professor Sir Robert Edwards after his death at the age of 87.

Boundless energy, innovative ideas and passionate commitment: Edwards in 2005

Sir Robert Edwards: Co-pioneer of the IVF technique whose work led to the first test-tube baby

Robert Edwards was the fertility pioneer whose work has led to the birth of more than five million children to couples who would otherwise not have been able to conceive. After more than 20 years of development, the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technique, developed by Edwards and his colleague Dr Patrick Steptoe, resulted in the birth of the first "test-tube baby" in 1978. The technique has since become commonplace and is now used in the conception of some one to two per cent of babies in the Western world.

Desmond Tutu is this year’s winner of the ‘spiritual Nobel’

Templeton Prize: Desmond Tutu wins a million – so will he follow the Dalai Lama and give it away?

When the Dalai Lama received £1.1m last year from the Templeton Foundation, he did what all good Buddhist monks who have preached against materialism might be expected to do – he gave it away.

Boat Race passes without incident after Royal Marine Commandos patrol Thames route and police monitor Twitter in attempt to stop 'copycat' protests

Organisers were anxious to avoid a repeat of last year when the race was disrupted by a protester

1. Sinclair C5

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time: 10 worst gadgets of recent times

Hard to believe now, but today's ugly gizmos were once the next big thing. Here are the 10 worst, according to a poll ahead of next month's Gadget Show Live

Cambridge undergrad Octavia Sheepshanks... or is she?

The strange case of Octavia Sheepshanks

After one Cambridge student's ruse to escape harsh online criticism backfired, Chloe Hamilton wonders where the line for cruel commentary should be drawn

'Red Dwarf-style' computerised talking head with full range of human emotions could revolutionise role of personal assistants

The weird world of comedy series Red Dwarf could be one step closer to reality today, with the news that a virtual talking head has been developed that may revolutionise the role of personal assistants.

Polychrome zebrafish - different coloured fluorescent markers show the main neurons responsible for processing visual information in the eye. This is the first time that all neuronal types in the eye have been visualized simultaneously and unambiguously identified in a live fish.

Science as art: Photography competition brings the two disciplines together

Albert Einstein's claim that “The greatest scientists are artists as well,” is illustrated by some of the contenders for a photography competition at Cambridge University on Tuesday.

Harley Davidsons or curly fries?

Like curly fries? You’re clever. Like motorbikes? You’re not: the science of Facebook 'likes'

New study reveals how Facebook “likes” say a lot more about a person than you first think

Phil Reay-Smith, left, his husband Michael McIsaac and six-year-old Scott, their adopted son

Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage

Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals

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Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

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If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

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...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

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The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

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The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

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