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1 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.
2 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.
3 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?
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 #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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 India court recognises transgender people as third gender
India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities.
16 New York police disband Muslim 'eavesdropping' unit
The New York Police Department has disbanded a secret programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats. The Demographics Unit had dispatched plainclothes detectives to listen to conversations and build files on places frequented by Muslims, US media say.
17 A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms.
18 Could offices change from sitting to standing?
A number of studies have suggested that constantly sitting at work is bad for you. So could workplaces be rejigged around standing up, asks would-be stander Chris Bowlby.
19 The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)
Subtitles available in 31 (and counting) languages (enable them using the "Captions" button). A big thank-you to everyone who translated! Funny business meet...
20 Glasgow Red Road: Should demolition of buildings be used as entertainment?
Plans to demolish five tower blocks as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been scotched. Is it appropriate for demolitions to be turned into public spectacles, asks Finlo Rohrer. The five well-known blocks at Red Road will still be demolished.


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