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1 Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28546656
Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests. The study, in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, adds to growing evidence that excessive drinking can impair mental processing later.
2 #BBCTrending: Dawkins angers his followers on Twitter
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-28553283
Bestselling author Richard Dawkins tried to rank types of rape on Twitter - and created a mini-firestorm. He embraces controversy. His 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, re-examined Darwinian theory. One of his bestselling books is called, simply, The God Delusion.
3 Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28537149
If you expose your child to Moses, Muhammad or Matthew the Apostle, are they at a disadvantage? According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts.
4 Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28564984
Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say. The nomadic woman was killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabab group, they added.
5 How many men are paedophiles?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28526106
29 July 2014 Last updated at 19:34 ET How many men are paedophiles? BBC News The Pope was recently reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles.
6 'Bad luck' ensured that asteroid impact wiped out dinosaurs
http://bbc.com/news/science-environment-28488044
Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact when they were at their most vulnerable, according to a new study. Dr Steve Brusatte, of Edinburgh University, said sea level rises and volcanic activity had made many species more susceptible to extinction.
7 Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28481957
Sweaty palms, vice-like grips or the insufferable limp hand may be the least of your hand-shaking worries. Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that a shake transfers more bacteria than other forms of hand-on-hand action.
8 Japanese high school girl 'dismembers classmate'
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28519919
The 15-year-old was arrested on Sunday in Sasebo city in Japan's southern Nagasaki prefecture. Police said the girl beat her friend and then strangled her on Saturday. She then severed the victim's head and cut off one of her hands, they said.
9 Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28490744
25 July 2014 Last updated at 11:48 ET Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite Science reporter, BBC News A Russian satellite containing geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
10 'Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-23930675
A new London skyscraper dubbed the "Walkie-Talkie" has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street. Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap, in the City of London, on Thursday afternoon.
11 How odd is a cluster of plane accidents?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28481060
25 July 2014 Last updated at 09:23 ET How odd is a cluster of plane accidents? BBC News Magazine In the space of eight days, three passenger planes have been lost in mid-flight.
12 Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28440006#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown virus living in the human gut, according to a study in Nature Communications. Exploring genetic material found in intestinal samples, the international team uncovered the CrAssphage virus.
13 Wikipedia blocks 'disruptive' page edits from US Congress
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28481876
Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
14 California manhunt for tuberculosis-positive patient
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28490546
Authorities in California are searching for a fugitive homeless man who has refused treatment for tuberculosis and may be contagious. An arrest warrant has been issued for Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, of Mexico.
15 The most important battle you've probably never heard of
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28484146
Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England. Today few people in the UK have heard of Bouvines. It has none of the ring of an Agincourt or a Crecy. Probably that it is because England lost it.
16 Voices from the Tennessee death penalty debate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28355466
The practice of execution in the US is growing increasingly complicated, as are the attitudes Americans have about the death penalty.
17 Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28463036
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food.
18 When time stood still
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28392047
23 July 2014 Last updated at 12:24 ET When time stood still When time stood still A Hiroshima survivor's story Enter 'When time stood still' is an immersive story told through text, images and video, best viewed on an up-to-date browser.
19 Wreckage of Algeria passenger plane found in Mali
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28475335
The wreck of a plane that disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. The Burkina Faso army said the plane, operated by Algeria's national airline Air Algerie, had crashed about 50km (30 miles) from the Burkinabe border.
20 Algeria airliner feared crashed on flight from Burkina Faso
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625
24 July 2014 Last updated at 12:34 ET Algeria airliner feared crashed on flight from Burkina Faso A passenger plane carrying 116 people is feared to have crashed on a flight from Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers.

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