News German cockroaches - smaller than the famous American cockroach - have evolved to lose their sweet tooth

The creature crawled into his ear as he slept

Tom Sutcliffe: You can't judge the past by today's standards

At first glance it looked like a storm in a tea-cup – a newspaper report suggesting that concerned citizens of Worthing, alerted by a local historian to Oscar Wilde's insouciance about the modern age of consent laws, were minded to strip the playwright of the blue plaque which marks the lodgings in which he wrote The Importance of Being Earnest.

Sleeping Around: Nothing sucks like an Electrolux

Jonathan Ross has revealed that his first sexual experience was with a vacuum cleaner - and he must have been pretty attached, because he refers to the Hoover he mounted as a 'she'.

The big switch: Designer Jake Dyson has added a light touch to a twee period property

My taste is quite minimalist, which is why lighting is so important to me. If you don't have a lot of things, you need to use light to create the atmosphere in a room. I think lights themselves should be interesting to look at. I hate what I call "morphous" design, where a shape is imposed on something for no reason. The visual should be worked out around the mechanics of an object, rather than trying to cover them up.

Mikachu - wacky pop for now people

She trained at the Purcell School, and now Mikachu counts Björk as an admirer. By Marcus O'Dair

Dyson's threat to scrap £50m design school

The inventor Sir James Dyson has threatened to scrap his £50m plan to build an engineering school of excellence in Bath over "bureaucratic" delays to the project.

An email conversation with Open qualifier Simon Dyson

'My secret? I don't really know. I suppose I'm quite a decent player'

Live Review: Michachu And The Shapes

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Bonk: The curious coupling of sex and science, By Mary Roach

Mary Roach's study of how scientists have invested time and effort investigating the ways people achieve sexual gratification makes for startling reading. Even hearing the titles of the texts she read during her research is eye-opening: "I have no doubt that I'm a running joke at the interlibrary loan department of the San Francisco Public Library, where I have requested papers with titles like 'On the Function of Groaning and Hyper-ventilation During Intercourse' and 'Vacuum Cleaner Use in Auto-Erotic Death'."

Wii: More than just a game

Believe it or not, a Wii handset can help with everything from making music to cleaning the house

The IoS Happy List 2008 - the 100

George Webster and Sophie Davies present profiles of 100 people who make Britain a better and a happier place to live. If you would like to nominate someone for The Happy List click on the related article for the nomination form

Stagecoach boss saves £5m in CGT share transfer

Brian Souter, chief executive of Stagecoach, has saved himself up to £5m by transferring 22 million shares in his company to a family trust before new capital gains tax rules come into force at the weekend.

24-Hour Room Service: Marina Mandarin Singapore

When competing with a plethora of five-star Singapore hotels, you need that certain something to give you the edge. Which is probably why the Marina Mandarin underwent a S$25m (£8.3m) makeover last year.

Cloned animals set to be sold as meat in US

The US gave the go-ahead yesterday for milk and meat from cloned animals to be sold to consumers in a move likely to be seized upon by manufacturers who want to sell cloned meat in Britain and the European Union.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada