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1 Plutonium: The scary element that saved the crew of Apollo 13
Plutonium may be the most feared and fearsome substance in the entire periodic table. It's best known as the main ingredient of atomic bombs like the infamous Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, which killed some 70,000 people.
2 Ebola outbreak: Health team 'found dead' in Guinea
Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore.
3 'Artificial retina' could detect sub-atomic particles
The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse sub-atomic particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible. In these collisions, protons - ordinary matter - are smashed together at close to light speeds.
4 Iran: Happy video dancers sentenced to 91 lashes and jail
Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds.
5 Science correspondent, BBC News, Paris
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a comet later this year, has identified what it thinks is the safest place to touch down. Scientists and engineers have spent weeks studying the 4km-wide "ice mountain" known as 67P, looking for a location they can place a small robot.
6 Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'?
For nearly 30 years, Brian Oates has, in his words, "pig-headedly" devoted himself to a single pursuit: setting up the first commercial wasabi farm in North America.
7 Australia raids over 'Islamic State plot to behead'
Police have carried out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia. PM Tony Abbott said a senior Australian Islamic State militant had called for "demonstration killings", reportedly including a public beheading.
8 Syrian children's deaths 'caused by vaccine mix-up'
Medics carrying out a vaccination programme in rebel-held northern Syria accidentally administered a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children, killing 15 of them, the opposition says. The packaging for the drug is said to be similar to that of the solution.
9 The freedivers who swim with whales
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 DrupalCon Portland 2013
Yes, we're putting a bird on Drupal. Join us in welcoming the international Drupal community to the "Silicon Forest" May 20-24, 2013, for DrupalCon Portland. Never been to Portland? Well, we think we're pretty cool. Coffee. Beer. Bikes. Mountains. Mustaches. Salmon. Bridges. Roses. OSCON.
11 Reclusive Deity Hasn’t Written A New Book In 2,000 Years,36936/
NEW YORK—Leading writers, scholars, and publishers gathered this week at Fordham University for a literary conference and panel discussion on God, the widely praised but reclusive deity who has not published a book since His landmark debut 2,000 years ago.
12 using Drupal
Big, exciting news! The flag ship website of the U.S. government,, just relaunched on Drupal. This is a big day for Drupal, and for Open Source in government, and something all of us in the community should be very proud of.
13 Europeans drawn from three ancient 'tribes'
The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.
14 Err on a G-spot
The G-spot - the mysterious female erogenous zone - may not actually exist, says new research. But has the quest to find it helped or hindered womankind? For years, it has been described as the Holy Grail of female sexual pleasure.
15 Man kills himself inside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris
The man pulled out a shotgun and shot himself through the mouth beside the main altar shortly after 16:00 (14:00 GMT) - in front of some 1,500 people. He was later named by police as 78-year-old Dominique Venner, an award-winning far-right historian.
16 Vatican denies Pope Francis performed 'exorcism'
The Vatican has denied claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism, after TV images showed a man apparently reacting to him putting his hands on his head. The encounter - during Sunday Mass - was shown on a TV channel owned by the Italian bishops' conference.
17 Nasa backs Boeing's astronaut crew ship design
Boeing is the big winner in the competition to develop a new system to take American astronauts into orbit. It has beaten two other companies to the lion's share of US space agency (Nasa) funds, to help complete work on a seven-crew capsule known as CST-100.
18 US man held after attempt to 'swim to N Korea'
South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea. Guards arrested the man, in his late 20s or early 30s, on Tuesday at a river border near the demilitarised zone.
19 Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey
Nearly 200 Indian villagers have shaved their heads to mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple. The macaque drowned when it fell into a pond after being chased by dogs.
20 King Richard III killed by skull and pelvis injuries
King Richard III was most likely to have been killed by two blows to the head and one to his pelvis, according to new scientific research. The English king was killed at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August, 1485.


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