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1 Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
2 Pakistan charity boss Abdul Sattar Edhi 'heartbroken' after robbery
One of Pakistan's top charity leaders has told the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint. Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, was asleep when a gang of armed men raided the Karachi slum building that serves as his residence and charity headquarters.
3 Calling time on America's blockade of Cuba
On 19 October 1960, less than two years after Fidel Castro swept into Havana, the United States announced its economic embargo of Cuba. It has been in place ever since but now it is under scrutiny again. In a recent editorial, the New York Times called for the embargo to be lifted.
4 A Point of View
We want to give dying people their dignity. But all too often, we don't know how, says Adam Gopnik. Last year I recall talking about some of life's milestones.
5 A Point of View: Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?
The English love football, but it doesn't love them back, says Adam Gopnik. Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?
6 Sugary drinks warning signs change habits of US teens
Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices, US research suggests. The most effective sign said it took five miles to walk off the 250 calories in a sugary drink.
7 Is sex only for rich people?
America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. How else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on?
8 The element that causes arguments
Uranium is the most divisive of elements. When Otto Hahn first discovered in 1938 the astonishing amounts of energy that could be released by splitting a single uranium atom, he opened the way to a potentially unlimited source of electricity, but also to the atomic bomb.
9 Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars
Scientists should get a grandstand view of a comet on Sunday when it makes a dramatic flyby of Mars. The icy object, known as Siding Spring, will miss the Red Planet by what is - in astronomical terms - just a hair's breadth, or 139,500km (87,000 miles).
10 Lawyer brings baby to court, gets 'humiliated'
When a lawyer asked a Georgia judge to postpone a hearing because she'd just had a baby, he refused. When she brought the baby to court, he berated her for poor parenting.
11 "Ignorance may be even more dangerous than Ebola. Humans love magic, but a petition like this is simply irresponsible : http : //"
Ignorance may be even more dangerous than Ebola. Humans love magic, but a petition like this is simply irresponsible:
superstition, lying, medicine, health, cure, homeopathy, deception, dishonesty, pseudoscience, healing, petition
12 Why Ebola is capitalized but diabetes isn’t
Ebola and West Nile virus are capitalized. But why? Not every disease is. Here’s a quick explanation, drawn from style guides and assorted other readings: Diseases named after regions are capitalized.
13 Ebola virus disease
Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other mammals caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches.
14 Nepal Annapurna: Climbing disaster toll reaches 39
At least 39 climbers died on a key Nepali hiking route after it was hit by major snowstorms and avalanches earlier this week, officials say. Helicopters are helping rescuers high in the Himalayas as they search on for missing trekkers, with fears that more bodies lie beneath the snow.
15 Space plane: Mysterious US military plane returns to Earth
An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet.
16 Cosmic inflation: BICEP 'underestimated' dust problem
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back. In March, the US BICEP team said it had found a pattern on the sky left by the rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang.
17 Molten metal batteries aimed at the grid
Engineers in the US have invented a battery, made of three molten metals, which could help smooth the power supply from renewable energy sources. Previous battery designs have largely been too expensive to help store energy on the scale of a national power grid.
18 The last eel catcher of Rome
Fifty years ago, the river Tiber in Rome was home to dozens of eel catchers, but now there is just one - Cesare Bergamini is the last professional eel fisherman on the river. From his battered red dinghy, Cesare Bergamini waves and points at his wrist.
19 Attack code for 'unpatchable' USB flaw released
Computer code that can turn almost any device that connects via USB into a cyber-attack platform has been shared online. Computer security researchers wrote the code following the discovery of the USB flaw earlier this year.
20 Facebook sues fake 'like' scammers for £1.3bn
Facebook has vowed to "aggressively get rid of fake likes" on its network. The site said it had won more than $2bn (£1.3bn) in legal judgements against scam artists who sold fake likes to businesses.


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