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1 Leaked memo on CIA says 'No American proud' of abuse
31 July 2014 Last updated at 12:36 ET Leaked memo on CIA says 'No American proud' of abuse A secret Senate report on CIA interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.
2 Broody octopus keeps record-breaking four-year vigil
For four years and five months, she clung to the rock and guarded her eggs. In a feat that surely made good use of all eight arms, an octopus revealed a new secret of deep sea life when ecologists observed her record-breaking behaviour from a robotic submarine.
3 Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory'
Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests. The study, in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, adds to growing evidence that excessive drinking can impair mental processing later.
4 #BBCTrending: Dawkins angers his followers on Twitter
Bestselling author Richard Dawkins tried to rank types of rape on Twitter - and created a mini-firestorm. He embraces controversy. His 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, re-examined Darwinian theory. One of his bestselling books is called, simply, The God Delusion.
5 Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality
If you expose your child to Moses, Muhammad or Matthew the Apostle, are they at a disadvantage? According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts.
6 Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say
Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say. The nomadic woman was killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabab group, they added.
7 How many men are paedophiles?
29 July 2014 Last updated at 19:34 ET How many men are paedophiles? BBC News The Pope was recently reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles.
8 'Bad luck' ensured that asteroid impact wiped out dinosaurs
Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact when they were at their most vulnerable, according to a new study. Dr Steve Brusatte, of Edinburgh University, said sea level rises and volcanic activity had made many species more susceptible to extinction.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 '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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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".
16 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.
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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.


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