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1 Headline numbers: How much is everything in the UK worth?
Have you ever wondered how much everything in the UK is worth? Well, the figure is out this morning from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - it's called the national balance sheet - and it's £7.6tn.
2 Bee Deaths Mystery Solved? Neonicotinoids (Neonics) May Actually Help Bee Health
Reports that honey bees are dying in unusually high numbers has concerned many scientists, farmers and beekeepers, and gripped the public.
3 East-West conflict set to run and run
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" President Putin over Ukraine. This is apparently an Australian expression suggesting pushing into someone's personal space, squaring off for a fight, eyeball to eyeball, shirt button to shirt button.
4 Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists
Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said.
5 Complex jobs 'may protect memory'
People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests. The research was reported in Neurology.
6 Bob Marley family launches "first world cannabis brand"
The family of the late Jamaican reggae artist, Bob Marley has launched what they describe as the world's first global cannabis brand. It will be called Marley Natural and be used to sell cannabis-infused lotions, creams and various accessories.
7 Why do so many people die shovelling snow?
At least two people have died from heart attacks while shovelling snow in Buffalo, New York. Every winter, about 100 people in the US die doing this. Why?
8 Breached webcam and baby monitor site flagged by watchdogs
The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, webcams and CCTV systems. Data watchdogs across the world have drawn attention to the Russian-based site, which broadcasts footage from systems using either default passwords or no log-in codes at all.
9 Giant tortoise makes 'miraculous' stable recovery
Where once there were 15, now more than 1,000 giant tortoises lumber around Espanola, one of the Galapagos Islands. After 40 years' work reintroducing captive animals, a detailed study of the island's ecosystem has confirmed it has a stable, breeding population.
10 Digital hearing aids 'distort recorded music'
Wearers of digital hearing aids struggle to listen to recorded music because of the way the devices process sound, research from the US suggests. The researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder found that the more sophisticated hearing aids boost softer sounds to aid speech recognition.
11 Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.
12 'Shazam for birds' app set for spring launch
An app that can automatically recognise bird sounds is to be launched in time for spring, its creators have said. Warblr has been developed by two scientists using a grant from Queen Mary University of London.
13 Tech to take the stress out of stress
Mairin Philips (not her real name) suffered from anxiety, so much so that it made the pain from a stomach ulcer far worse. Then a friend suggested a handheld anti-anxiety device."I was keen to give it a try, but was not convinced it would be of benefit to me," she says.
14 Starlings: Mapping and modelling the ballet of the skies
The beautiful, baffling seasonal spectacular is back for another year: starlings, swirling in their hundreds and thousands, in shapes that defy mathematical description. How on earth do they co-ordinate these aerobatic displays, and what purpose do they serve?
15 Roman gums 'healthier than ours'
People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows. Modern day smoking and type 2 diabetes are blamed for a figure of nearly one in three today.
16 Egyptian Philae obelisk revealed anew
Fresh information is being obtained on the Philae obelisk, the stone monument that played such a key role in helping to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. Today, the pink granite shaft stands on the UK National Trust's Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset, where it was brought from the Nile in the 1820s.
17 Could robots become too cute for comfort?
Would you share your innermost secret with a robot? And if you did, would you be comfortable knowing that the secret might be stored online in the "cloud"?
18 Chimps filmed raiding farms to find food
Camera traps have caught wild chimpanzees in the act as they carried out night-time raids on farmland. The footage, captured by researchers from the Museum of Natural History in Paris and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, shows the chimps adapting to human pressure on their habitat.
19 DNA yields secrets of human pioneer
DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals. The genome sequence from a thigh bone found in Siberia shows the first episode of mixing occurred between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.
20 Islamic State: What the Kassig murder video tells us
By now it is well known that Islamic State (IS) produces propaganda videos of exceptional quality. They are slick, smart and incredibly powerful. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best-produced videos to have ever emerged from the global jihad movement.


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