Image copyright PA The rising cost of foreign package holidays and imported computer games helped to push the UK inflation rate up to 2.9% last month from 2.7% in April. The latest inflation rate is the highest since June 2013, and above the Bank of England’s 2% target. The Office…

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Abusive or neglectful parents who blame their partner for their own child cruelty could face tougher sentences in new court proposals. The new sentencing guidelines in England and Wales say blaming others should be considered an “aggravating factor” when deciding a sentence. The change comes after many cases where one…

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When an autonomous vehicle causes an accident – who is liable for the fault? Given the passengers are not in control of the vehicle, it would make sense for the autonomous system designer to be holding the liability. At a high-level, autonomous vehicles conceptually disrupt traditional insurance. Tesla looking to…

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In his 1890 opus, The Principles of Psychology, William James invoked Romeo and Juliet to illustrate what makes conscious beings so different from the particles that make them up. “Romeo wants Juliet as the filings want the magnet; and if no obstacles intervene he moves towards her by as straight…

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I’ve always assumed Apple would eventually run out of ways to improve the iPad. It long ago made the processor faster than anyone needs. You won’t find a sharper, more accurate, more responsive screen on a tablet. The battery lasts days, plural. And really, what else matters? Sure, the speakers…

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Image copyright Getty Images The pound has resumed its downward slide as investors continue to react to the political uncertainty following last week’s shock UK election result. Sterling had stabilised in early trade, but by late afternoon had dropped 0.66% against the dollar to $1.2659 and fell 0.73% against the…

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Image copyright PA The UK general election result could delay Brexit talks and be negative for the economy, credit ratings agencies Moody’s and S&P have warned. The Brexit negotiations with the EU were due to start on 19 June but Moody’s said the fact that the Conservatives had lost their…

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Image copyright iStock Image caption Only a minority of ballet students are boys, says the Royal Academy of Dance Moves from Angry Birds and Minecraft as well as footballers’ goal celebrations are being used to encourage more boys to take up ballet. Just 1.8% of ballet exam candidates are boys,…

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