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1 Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'
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.
2 Japanese high school girl 'dismembers classmate'
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.
3 Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite
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.
4 'Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts
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.
5 How odd is a cluster of plane accidents?
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.
6 Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'
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.
7 Wikipedia blocks 'disruptive' page edits from US Congress
Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
8 California manhunt for tuberculosis-positive patient
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.
9 The most important battle you've probably never heard of
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.
10 Voices from the Tennessee death penalty debate
The practice of execution in the US is growing increasingly complicated, as are the attitudes Americans have about the death penalty.
11 Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery
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.
12 When time stood still
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.
13 Wreckage of Algeria passenger plane found in Mali
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.
14 Algeria airliner feared crashed on flight from Burkina Faso
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.
15 Why Americans soon lost interest in putting men on the moon
Forty-five years ago this week, millions of people watched as the astronauts of Apollo 11 became the first men to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong's words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", have become an iconic symbol of Nasa's great achievement.
16 Browser 'fingerprints' help track users
Web users are being warned about a novel tracking system that watches what they do online and frustrates tools designed to prevent them being tracked. The warning comes from researchers who have found the tracking system being used on thousands of websites.
17 Canvas fingerprinting
Canvas fingerprinting is a online digital tracking technology that allows websites to uniquely identify and track visitors without the use of browser cookies or other similar means. The technique was originally described by researchers from Princeton University and KU Leuven University.[1][2][3]
18 India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation. Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the BBC.
19 Witness: The end of British rule in India
British rule of India ended in 1947 after nearly 100 years. Until that moment, a small number of Britons administered large swathes of the country and led a privileged life.
20 New alien world has longest year
Astronomers in the US have spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet beyond our Solar System. The exoplanet, which was discovered in data from Nasa's Kepler Space Telescope, completes one circuit of its star every 704 days.


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