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1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 Thailand woman dead after jumping into crocodile pit
A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok has killed herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm near the capital, police say. Witnesses saw Wanpen Inyai jumping into a pond at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo on Friday, reported The Bangkok Post. Staff failed to rescue her.
17 Are dolphins cleverer than dogs?
18 Traitors in Vladimir Putin's Russia
In a Moscow café, Andrei Lugovoi talks to me about a subject close to his heart: betrayal. The man British police view as prime suspect in the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko is making his TV debut, as host of a documentary series called Traitors.
19 Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage
The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows. The study suggests some people recruit extra nerve power to help maintain their ability to think.
20 500 feared dead in Malta boat sinking
About 500 migrants are feared dead after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, a migration body said. The International Organisation for Migration said it spoke to two survivors rescued on Thursday.


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