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1 Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
David Cameron's remarks that the UK is a "Christian country" were criticised by a group of public figures. What are the arguments for and against the prime minister's claim?
2 David Cameron fosters division by calling Britain a 'Christian country’
SIR – We respect the Prime Minister’s right to his religious beliefs and the fact that they necessarily affect his own life as a politician.
3 UK non-Christian claims 'absurd', senior Tories say
The UK is a Christian country and those who deny it are "deluding themselves" and ignoring "reality", two senior Conservative MPs have said. Attorney General Dominic Grieve and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told the Daily Telegraph modern Britain had "Christian heritage".
4 Reading ReimaginedTM
Spritz goes to LAHacks Take a look at our blog to hear about all of the cool new ideas (and upcoming software now being developed) for Spritz from last weekend when we attended the largest HackFest in the U.S., maybe even the whole world – LAHacks!
5 World's Fair: Isaac Asimov's predictions 50 years on
It is 2014, and we should all be in therapy. At least, that's according to Isaac Asimov, one of the 20th Century's best-known science fiction authors, who in 1964 published an essay predicting what our world would look like today.
6 How sticky tape trick led to Nobel Prize
It sounds like an unusual way to win a Nobel Prize. But ordinary sticky tape was crucial to the breakthrough that yielded graphene, a material with amazing properties and - potentially - numerous practical applications.
7 Graphene 'wonder material' made with kitchen blender
Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the "wonder material" graphene using a kitchen blender. Graphene is thin, strong, flexible and electrically conductive, and has the potential to transform electronics as well as other technologies.
8 Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that? Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow.
9 How often do plane stowaways fall from the sky?
Police are investigating whether a man found dead on a west London street was a stowaway who fell from a plane. Just how often does this happen? No-one saw the body fall from the sky on to Portman Avenue.
10 US teenager survives five-hour flight in wheel well
A 16-year-old boy has survived an extraordinary journey hidden in the wheel well of a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii. A spokesman for Hawaiian Airlines said airline staff noticed the boy after the plane landed on Sunday morning.
11 Why big buttocks can be bad for your health
The demand for bigger buttocks in Venezuela means some women will even have banned injections to achieve them, putting their health at risk. It is with tears in her eyes that Denny recounts how she woke up one day to find a bump the size of a football in her lower back.
12 Ancient plants 'frozen in time' by space impacts
Ancient plant material has been preserved in the glass formed by asteroids hitting the Earth, scientists report. The "frozen in aspic" appearance of what are apparently fragments of grass is spectacular enough.
13 Family's car catches fire in Longleat lion enclosure
The car overheated in the first big cat enclosure at the Wiltshire attraction on Friday afternoon. Rangers managed to rescue a woman and two children from the car before it burst into flames.
14 Snowden and Putin: Who is playing whom?
Is Edward Snowden a Russian propaganda stooge - or crazy like a fox?
15 Tech tools make selling to the world child's play
How do you tell the world about your remote-controlled flying fish toys? Go the traditional route of advertising in print, on TV and online at potentially great expense, or simply make a video?
16 Victorian strangeness
In Nottingham, a tiger was found lurking in an orchard. Over the county border in Leicestershire, two elephants cheerfully demolished a back garden in Market Harborough. In Burton, brewery workers at Bass formed a human cordon as an escaped kangaroo boinged through the town.
17 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.
18 '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.
19 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.
20 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).


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