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1 Neknominate victim Issac Richardson drank 30 units in two minutes
The death of a man who drank about 30 units of alcohol in two minutes after being dared as part of the Neknominate craze has been ruled as accidental. Issac Richardson, 20, collapsed at a hostel in Woolwich, south-east London, after drinking a concoction of wine, vodka, beer and whiskey.
2 Have there been lions in London since 1210?
The decision by London Zoo to build a new lion exhibit means its three remaining lionesses will be temporarily relocated to Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Can this, as reports suggest, be the first time since 1210 that the UK capital will be without lions, asks Harry Low.
3 Study Finds Mass Extinction Could Free Up Billions Of Dollars In Conservation Funding By 2024,37043/
WASHINGTON—Saying the extra income would be a major boon both for individual citizens and the country at large, a study released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that a mass extinction of the world’s flora and fauna could free up billions of dollars in conservation funding ov
4 Switzerland's shame: The children used as cheap farm labour
Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. Since the 1850s hundreds of thousands of Swiss children were taken from their parents and sent to farms to work - a practice that continued well into the 20th Century.
5 Body found impaled on railings in west London
The body of a man has been found impaled on railings in west London. Police were called at 06:39 GMT after the body was found in Kensington Church Walk, near St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington.
6 Unmanned US rocket Antares explodes during launch
An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia. Antares, a 14-storey rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp, combusted seconds after leaving the seaside launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility.
7 Sri Lanka landslide: Ten dead and 300 missing
At least 10 people are dead and hundreds are missing following a landslide in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials tell the BBC. The landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed about 140 houses in Badulla district, officials said.
8 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.
9 The battle against confusing parking signs
American drivers are frequently baffled by complicated parking signage. Now a campaign by a frustrated guerrilla designer could help make the system less absurd, says Jon Kelly.
10 Population controls 'will not solve environment issues'
Restricting population growth will not solve global issues of sustainability in the short term, new research says. Even a catastrophic event that killed billions of people would have little effect on the overall impact, it said.
11 How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea
Sea levels are rising, the land is sinking. It's going to become a big problem for some cities on the US East Coast, so in Boston people are thinking the unthinkable - copying Venice and Amsterdam, and becoming a city of canals.
12 #BBCTrending: Camel abuse sparks outcry in China
Pictures showing a mutilated camel being forced to beg on the streets of China's south-eastern Fuzhou city, have prompted an outcry on Chinese social media.
13 What's the appeal of a caliphate?
In June the leader of Islamic State declared the creation of a caliphate stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi named himself the caliph or leader. Edward Stourton examines the historical parallels and asks what is a caliphate, and what is its appeal?
14 Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola
Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species. In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.
15 'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands
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.
16 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.
17 An electronic revolution in the doctor's bag
The stethoscope revolutionised the way doctors interacted with their patients and became a symbol of the profession. Now that electronic alternatives are becoming a common sight on the wards, maybe it's time to update our idea of what a doctor is for?
18 Is your brain male or female?
Do you have a "male" or "female" brain? Are there really significant brain differences between the sexes and if so, do these differences matter? BBC Horizon investigates.
19 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.
20 The companies vying to turn asteroids into filling stations
Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover - but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition. Chris Lewicki is trying to get water from a stone.


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