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.

Anthony Hilton: National politicians should let the locals do their own thing

The efforts by the City's financial institutions to fill the lending gap left by banks have at times seemed rather like the picture from a hundred westerns where the US Cavalry rides to the rescue. They look heroic, they sound keen and some of them look moderately respectable. But they are so slow that they arrive on the scene too late to save the wagon train.

John B. Gurdon from Great-Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan (R)

Britain's Sir John Gurdon wins Nobel prize in medicine for his pioneering work in cloning and stem cells

The 79-year-old was the first person to clone an animal from a single cell

Professor Phyllis Deane

Professor Phyllis Deane: Leading and influential figure in the field of economic history

Deane was attracted by research but not by teaching; she always disliked showing off

Chinese antiques theft gang jailed

Three members of a gang who stole millions of pounds worth of Chinese antiques from a museum in an act of 'cultural vandalism' have been jailed for six years each.

Last Night's Viewing: Wonderland: Young, Bright and on the Right, BBC2

My first thought, I confess, was, "Look out, Jacob Rees-Mogg." At present, the Member for North East Somerset is pretty much unchallenged as our leading Cartoon Conservative. But everything about Joe Cooke seemed to suggest that he couldn't take his pre-eminence for granted.

Increasing interest in old-style exams comes as the Education Secretary Michael Gove has declared his intention to bring back O-levels to replace GCSEs

Schools ditch GCSEs in favour of traditional exams

Record numbers of schools have ditched GCSE exams this year in favour of a more traditional exam modelled along the lines of O-levels.

Cambridge has seen a rise in applications from state school students this year

Oxbridge applications stay high as students demand better value

Figures suggest that £9,000 fees have shifted interest away from less selective institutions

Aesop's fable experiment highlights how differently children and crows learn about the world

An experiment based on an Aesop's fable has shown how differently children and crows learn about the world.

Neanderthal man's 'life of domesticity'

Neanderthal man may have preferred domestic chores to a rugged hunter-gatherer lifestyle, researchers have said.

Sir David Attenborough's secret guilt: He used to be a butterfly-collector

He is the world’s most famous defender of the natural world – but for years, Sir David Attenborough harboured a secret guilt about it.

Two out of every five victims of school homophobic bullying contemplate suicide, says survey

Two out of every five victims of homophobic bullying at school attempt or contemplate suicide, a report released today reveals.

Pinny on, pancake over ... the 1950s
man slaves over a hot stove

Katy Guest: It's official - housework makes men happier

Who cares whether guilt or fear of nagging drives them

Lord Malloch-Brown
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Dinners hosted this year: 1

The House of Lords exposed: 'I hope to play a much fuller role from next year...'

Radical proposals to reform the House of Lords are set to shine a light on those peers with low participation in debates or votes

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie reunite for Oscar Wilde family

Stephen Fry will be reunited with comedy partner Hugh Laurie in a new animated film based on the work of Oscar Wilde, it has been announced.

DR MARTIN COWARD: Founded the Ikos hedge fund with his Greek-born wife Elena Ambrosiadou

'Amicable divorce'? Tycoon couple Dr Martin Coward and Elena Ambrosiadou show Greeks how millionaires do it...

While thousands of impoverished people in the crisis-hit countries of Europe have been marching in opposition to more spending cutbacks and austerity measures, rather different scenes will soon be played out in an Athens courtroom.

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