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1 Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten
Vegetarians and vegans pay heed: New research shows plants know when they're being eaten. And they don't like it.
2 The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers
One of the world's most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers.
3 Unexpected ways to wake up your brain
Tea or coffee is often the favoured brew for those who are tired and in need of a caffeine boost. But is this really the best way to make ourselves more alert? Michael Mosley tested caffeine against some unlikely alternatives - sage, fudge, chewing gum and electric shocks.
4 Burkina Faso protesters storm parliament
Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have stormed parliament in the capital, Ouagadougou. The military has opened fire in an attempt to disperse the protesters, a BBC reporter in the city says.
5 The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to rebuild after a massive nuclear attack. Files recently released at the National Archives detail one short-lived proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order.
6 Money in politics: More than a game
Imagine the US map as a giant board game. Electoral Risk, let's call it Scattered across the country are key territories to control - Georgia, Colorado, Iowa, Oregon. Instead of armies, players move stacks of money from state to state.
7 Sonic booms: Who foots the bill when buildings go bang?
1 August 2014 Last updated at 07:01 ET Sonic booms: Who foots the bill when buildings go bang? BBC News Could a sonic boom really stop a cow produci
8 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.
9 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.
10 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
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 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.
19 #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.
20 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?


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