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1 How 420 became code for marijuana
The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis. On Sunday pot smokers will gather across the US to mark what has become a hallowed date in their calendar - 4/20, or 20 April - by smoking marijuana, possibly at 4:20pm.
2 'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler
The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science. The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.
3 Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden' in Islamic school
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital Islamabad has renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden, the former al-Qaeda chief. The Jamia Hafsa Madrassa is linked to the Red Mosque, known for its alleged links with militants.
4 Everest avalanche kills at least 12 Sherpa guides
At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials say. The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00 GMT) in an area known as the "popcorn field", just above Everest base camp at 5,800m (19,000ft).
5 Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition
Boston, MA — A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children.
6 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Breeding Endangered Animals
For all of my adult life, I've worked breeding rare and exotic animals in the zoo community. While some people have heard of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) before, not too many realize how it works. Here's a hint: There are way more animal boners than a reasonable person is comfortable with.
7 Methane hydrate: Dirty fuel or energy saviour?
The world is addicted to hydrocarbons, and it's easy to see why - cheap, plentiful and easy to mine, they represent an abundant energy source to fuel industrial development the world over.
8 South Korea ferry
"Some of my friends fell over hard and started bleeding. We jumped into the water and got picked up by the rescue boats," he said. Another student, Lim Hyung-min, told how he he jumped into the ocean wearing a life jacket with other youngsters and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.
9 Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
Gifts and payments to US doctors from drug firms are seen by some as encouraging unnecessary prescriptions. Do such transfers make any difference and will President Obama's healthcare reform help, by forcing companies to disclose them?
10 Abu Hamza: Radical cleric 'hid behind religion'
A radical Muslim cleric who served seven years in a British prison had "used the cover of religion" to hide his part in a global terror campaign, a prosecutor in New York has said. Opening statements in the trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri began on Thursday.
11 Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says. Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
12 Design and publish beautiful maps.
Our open source APIs and SDKs let you quickly style and add custom maps to your application, like pinning travel spots on Pinterest, finding restaurants on foursquare, and visualizing data on GitHub.
13 #BBCtrending: Iran execution stopped at the last minute
A series of dramatic images of a public execution in Iran, which was stopped at the last minute, are being widely shared and discussed in the country. First the empty chair, then the crowd of assembled onlookers, and the noose hanging listlessly.
14 Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn. Informally named Peggy, the object would become the 63rd moon in Saturn's orbit if confirmed.
15 Secrets and strides – the singular experience of a North Korean marathon
London was not the only city to host a marathon last Sunday and, it can be argued, neither was it the most interesting, despite the presence of Olympic hero Mo Farah for the first time.
16 Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows
Good layout design frames a story and impacts how you are informed by the content. For example, in the hallways of Sports Illustrated, editors hang up every page of the print edition to be reviewed and manually tweaked before publication.
17 Czechs planned 'Adriatic tunnel'
Officials in the former communist Czechoslovakia had planned to build an underground rail link under Austria to the Adriatic, a Czech newspaper says. The 410km-long (255 miles) tunnel would have drastically shortened the journey to the seaside for the landlocked country, Lidove Noviny reports.
18 Czech bottle-boat inventors crave the sea
For many people, reaching the sea each summer is a national obsession. For landlocked countries, not having a coastline can be a national trauma. Take the Czech Republic, a country whose historical borders once stretched as far as the Adriatic, but which is now stranded in the middle of Europe.
19 Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'
The ebb and flow of men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study. The more beards there are, the less attractive they become - giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia.
20 South Korea ferry rescue under way
The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju, officials said. More than 50 ships and helicopters were at the scene to rescue passengers.


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