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1 'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29409541
Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its platform, its founder has told the BBC. It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.
2 Where does the phrase 'boots on the ground' come from?
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29413429
"Boots on the ground" is shorthand for combat troops deployed in a foreign country. Barack Obama and David Cameron have both used it - it's a phrase that is constantly cropping up in the news. But where did it come from? Infantry have been stomping in boots through mud and sand for centuries.
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http://what-if.xkcd.com/113/
4 Tasks
http://xkcd.com/1425/
5
http://what-if.xkcd.com/112/
6 Future Self
http://xkcd.com/1421/
7 On the Phone
http://xkcd.com/1419/
8 Horse
http://xkcd.com/1418/
9 The freedivers who swim with whales
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29209139
Whales are extremely shy animals, making it hard to study them in their natural habitat. But a group of marine scientists has managed to record their behaviour up-close by freediving with humpbacks and sperm whales. I'm floating in the Indian Ocean, six miles off the north-east coast of Sri Lanka.
10 What makes a global top 10 university?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29086590
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities. It's the third year in a row that the US university, famous for its science and technology research, has been top of the QS World University Rankings.
11 Download, print, build your Martian home in 24 hours
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29208276
Imagine opening the curtains in the morning and instead of grey skies and rain, looking out at a rust-coloured rocky panorama. The year is 2045. You have woken up on Mars.
12 Goldfish recovering after 'high-risk' tumour removal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29210991
George, whose owner lives in Melbourne, was put under general anaesthetic for the $200 (£125) procedure. Dr Tristan Rich, who carried out the operation, told Melbourne's 3AW radio station that the fish was now "up and about and swimming around".
13 Canon printer hacked to run Doom video game
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29203776
The hack was carried out by security researcher Michael Jordon, and it took four months to get the game running on the hardware. He said he had undertaken the project to demonstrate the security problems surrounding devices that would form the "internet of things".
14 US and UK spy agencies 'have access to German telecoms'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29196748
US and British intelligence services are able to secretly access information from German telecoms operators, according to a German newspaper report. The data is said to include information from networks as well as from individual computers and smart-phones.
15 Ancient sturgeon in China's Yangtze 'nearly extinct'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29201926
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.
16 Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29199728
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.
17 World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29418983
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.
18 The NGO-ization of Resistance
https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/09/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.
19 Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles as part of long-running bet
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/29/swedish-cientists-bet-bob-dylan-lyrics-research-papers
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.
20 Global Brain, Global Heart. Culture CollectiveCulture Collective
http://www.culturecollective.org/global-brain-global-heart/
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.

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