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'Three-parent IVF babies should be offered to infertile older women'

A doctor who helped pioneer the controversial three-parent baby technology has applied to hold trials to use it to treat age-related infertility<p>Older women struggling to have children could soon be offered the controversial “three-parent” IVF technique recently backed by MPs, a pioneering doctor …

Molecular Biology

A high-tech hotel opening in Japan will be staffed by multilingual robots

The Henn-na Hotel will open this summer in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park<p>This summer, a hotel will open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms. Room fees will start at $60 per night. And it will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.<p>The Henn-na …

Can Monks Really Go Into 200-Year Trances?

How the traditional death and mummification of a Buddhist monk turned into a wild Western fantasy<p>Recent reports from Mongolia that a recently …

In the rising tide of pop culture I am not waving but drowning | Homa Khaleeli

It’s getting harder and harder, but I’m determined to keep afloat – the shows we watch and the celebrities that obsess us speak volumes about society’s values and assumptions<p>Should The Imitation Game have won a Bafta? I don’t know. The question alone is enough to send me into a spiral of anxiety. …

Comic Books

Nigel Pearson clings on to Leicester City job after night of confusion

Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Imag<p>Nigel Pearson was involved in an incident with James McArthur of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty …

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France can order internet providers to block terrorist websites

The French government now has much more power to silence websites it sees as dangerous. The country has published a decree (in development since July, well before the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> attack) requiring that internet providers block terrorist- and child pornography-related content within 24 hours of an …

Ed Miliband pledges to double paternity leave to four weeks

Ed Miliband faces new clash with business leaders after announcing that a future Labour government would double paternity leave to four weeks<p>Ed Miliband will announce plans to give new fathers a month of paid paternity leave at nearly double the current rate in a move which will open a new front in …

British Muslims protest in London against Charlie Hebdo cartoons

LONDON (Reuters) - At least 1,000 British Muslims protested in central London on Sunday against what they called “insulting depictions” of the Prophet Mohammad by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.<p>Muslim demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the …

Charlie Hebdo

The British soldier fighting Isil with the Kurds

An unlikely group of foreigners is fighting in Syria against Islamic State<p>There's a 66-year-old retired teacher from Canada and a handful of ex-British army soldiers.<p>There is an American fundamentalist Christian whose Muslim Kurdish comrades wait for him to say grace before beginning their evening …

In the poor heart of Glasgow, political loyalties melt away

Photograph: Murdo MacLeod /Observer<p>Old water towers at Cranhill. Possibly the area’s most famous former residents are Angus Young and brother Malcolm who found stardom after they moved to Australia and formed AC/DC. Their now demolished house stood in front of this strange …

Scottish Government

Could Scotland become the 194th UN member state?

The Big Question: what problems do fledgling nation-states experience when they secede from larger countries?<p>As the referendum on Scottish independence kicks off, it’s worth reflecting on other cases of national self-determination in the not-too-distant past.<p>During the Cold War there were far fewer …

Clare Balding on Twitter: "Here come the Aussies... Their dog looks well keen #Glasgow2014 http://t.co/pmd5GNTlD6"

Replying to @<b>clarebalding</b><p>“@<b>clarebalding</b>: Here come the Aussies... Their dog looks well keen #<b>Glasgow2014</b> pic.twitter.com/fFFikO4t7F” @swhitehead184 …

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