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1 Ancient sturgeon in China's Yangtze 'nearly extinct'
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media. Xinhua reported that no wild sturgeon reproduced naturally last year in the Yangtze river.
2 Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.
3 World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report
The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago.
4 The NGO-ization of Resistance
A hazard facing mass movements is the NGO-ization of resistance. It will be easy to twist what I’m about to say into an indictment of all NGOs. That would be a falsehood.
5 Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles as part of long-running bet
Five Swedish-based scientists have been inserting Bob Dylan lyrics into research articles as part of a long-running bet. After 17 years, the researchers revealed their race to quote Dylan as many times as possible before retirement.
6 Global Brain, Global Heart. Culture CollectiveCulture Collective
Comparing the growth of the global Internet with the evolution of a child’s brain is the perfect analogy to discuss the relationship between human consciousness and technology.
7 OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine version - Official
From the OK Go album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" available at Director: James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. Producer: Shirley Moyers. The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky". The video was filmed i
8 Philosophers' Mail
Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin, old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and tarpaulin sheets. There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when you get to Seville.
9 Virgin's Richard Branson offers staff unlimited holiday
The boss of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, is offering his personal staff as much holiday as they want. On his website, he said that his staff of 170 could "take off whenever they want for as long as they want".
10 Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space
Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy. Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.
11 Greek woman 'buried alive by accident'
Police in northern Greece say they are investigating reports that a woman woke up to find herself buried in a coffin, only to die before being rescued.
12 NY postman Joseph Brucato 'hoarded' a tonne of mail
A New York postman hoarded as many as 40,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his home, car and work locker over nine years, prosecutors have said. Joseph Brucato, 67, was arrested on Wednesday after a supervisor saw undelivered post in his personal car, where it was forbidden by policy.
13 Fired US worker beheads female colleague
Alton Nolen, 30, attacked the two women at Vaughn Foods distribution plant in Moore, Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon. But Sergeant Jeremy Lewis from Moore Police Department said the attack "did appear random".
14 Cancer kills three 9/11 firefighters on the same day
Three firefighters who were on duty at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks have died on the same day from cancer, fire officials have said. Lieutenant Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another on Monday.
15 The toilet seat stadium and other unfortunate designs
A basketball team's proposed stadium has been lampooned for looking like a toilet. It's not alone, writes Chris Stokel-Walker. The Golden State Warriors are moving home. The "preliminary concept" for a new arena was released this week by design advisers Snøhetta.
16 US to pay Native American Navajo tribe $500m settlement
The US government has agreed to pay $554m (£339m) to the Native American Navajo tribe to settle a legal dispute. It is the largest payment ever made by the government to a single tribe.
17 Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling
India's space programme has succeeded at the first attempt where others have failed - by sending an operational mission to Mars. The Mangalyaan satellite was confirmed to be in orbit shortly after 0800, Indian time. It is, without doubt, a considerable achievement.
18 Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found
The flaw has been found in a software component known as Bash, which is a part of many Linux systems as well as Apple's Mac operating system. The bug, dubbed Shellshock, can be used to remotely take control of almost any system using Bash, researchers said.
19 Opinion: Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us
The human race is in a suicidal rush to self-destruction. We can’t blame some grand conspiracy of climate-science deniers, Big Oil, Koch Bros, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, GOP governors and Congress. We are the problem. You. Me. Too many of us. Population is out of control worldwide.
20 French hostage Herve Gourdel 'beheaded in Algeria'
An Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday. Jund al-Khilafa, an ally of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq, had set a 24-hour deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq.


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