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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.

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The one-time glamour couple of the hedge-fund industry, Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward, renew court hostilities on Tuesday in a bitter row over intellectual property.

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Should the government give more help with postgraduate funding?

With all the furore surrounding undergraduate tuition fees, the crisis in postgraduate funding is going practically undetected - but it is a real and growing problem.

DNA is the molecule of inheritance and usually consists of two opposing strands that are wound around each other in the form of a double helix. However, scientists have now found a four-stranded form of DNA in the shape of a quadruple helix (pictured), which is arranged like a stack of squares lying on top of
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Fresh twist to the DNA story signals major cancer breakthrough

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A ballooning problem: the great helium shortage

It’s used in everything from kids parties to medicine – but now supplies are running so low scientists want to ration it. Steve Connor reports on the great helium shortage

100-year-old globe from Spain may have been an early example of interactive education

A century-old globe filled with encyclopaedic illustrations and a working model of the Solar System may have been an early example of interactive education, experts believe.

Samsung are experimenting with OLED technology for their malleable mobile phones

It's not exactly HARDware... Nokia and Samsung in race to launch 'flexible' mobile phones during 2013

Mobile phone companies, desperate to fill the gap in the market for indestructible devices, are researching technology which will enable them to manufacture flexible handsets.

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Will machines kill mankind? Cambridge academics want to know

Academics highlight threat of super-intelligent technology

Health watchdog forced to take action against Cambridgeshire hospital which performed operation on WRONG patient

The health watchdog has been forced to take action against a hospital trust which performed a surgery on the wrong patient.

Cell transplants enable paralysed dogs to walk

Dogs that had lost the use of their back legs as a result of spinal injuries were able to walk again after a revolutionary transplant operation, offering new hope to paralysed patients, scientists said.

MRSA outbreak at Cambridge's Rosie Hospital halted by new DNA profiling technology

A bug-busting “black box” is being developed that can rapidly identify the source of hospital infections and help staff to stop them spreading.

Doctors twice placed 'do not resuscitate' orders on medical notes of Janet Tracy, against her and her family's wishes

A dying woman was “badgered” by doctors so much about agreeing to a do not resuscitate order that she was reduced to terrified tears, her husband said today.

DNA data should be in public domain

We were part of an international effort to find the breast cancer genes in the 1990s when Myriad saw what we'd done, raised the extra £40m needed to name the gene, and beat us there.

Jeremy Laurance: What is Asperger’s syndrome, and how has it affected Gary McKinnon's extradition?

Asperger’s Syndrome, sometimes called “mind blindness”, lies at the milder end of the conditions known as autism spectrum disorders.

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