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1 Monster shark 'kept whales in check'
The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests. Megalodon, an ancient 14-18m-long predator that resembled a super-sized Great White, may have preyed on primitive baleen whales.
2 Google offers new email app dubbed Inbox
Google is revamping its email service with a new mobile app it is simply calling Inbox. It is an attempt to reorganise overcrowded inboxes and ensure important emails are not overlooked.
3 Gladiators were 'mostly vegetarian'
Roman gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a cemetery where the arena fighters were buried. The study has been carried out by academics from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland.
4 How the world loved the swastika - until Hitler stole it
In the Western world the swastika is synonymous with fascism, but it goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world.
5 Debt campaigners tear up student loans
An activist group in the United States has been carrying out deeds that some might think the stuff of dreams - buying and cancelling other people's student debts. Rolling Jubilee has purchased and abolished $3.8m (£2.
6 Iraq Blackwater: US jury convicts four of 2007 killings
One former guard was found guilty of murder with three others guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The shootings sparked international outrage and a debate over the role of defence contractors in warfare.
7 The Destruction of Mecca
WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque “will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.”
8 What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal
One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel.
9 Health fears over BPA chemical in plastic food packaging
Food and drinks packaging helps food to stay fresh and enjoy a longer shelf life. Plastic is commonly used in food containers, bottles and wrapping materials as well as in the linings of tin cans.
10 UAE: Man divorces wife 'possessed by genie'
A court in Dubai has granted a divorce to a man who says his wife is possessed by spirits and refuses to have sex with him, reports suggest.
11 How safe is mouldy food to eat?
British families throw away about seven million tonnes of food and drink every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium to the brim. Most of it is beyond its sell-by date, but how much could be safely eaten, asks Michael Mosley.
12 Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed
Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.
13 Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.
14 Martin Gardner, puzzle master extraordinaire
The writer and puzzle master Martin Gardner, who died in 2010, was once said to have turned dozens of innocent youngsters into maths professors - and thousands of maths professors into innocent youngsters.
15 Sex 'emerged in ancient Scottish lake'
Scientists believe they have discovered the origin of copulation. An international team of researchers says a fish called Microbrachius dicki is the first-known animal to stop reproducing by spawning and instead mate by having sex.
16 Kickstarter cancels plan to make anonymising router
A plan to raise cash to make a router that hides what people do online has been suspended after questions were raised about the project. Anonabox sought $7,500 (£4,700) on crowdfunding site Kickstarter but got pledges of more than $585,000 in its first five days.
17 Nazis who left US still paid social security
The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social security after forcing them to leave the US. The payments were paid through a legal loophole, an Associated Press investigation uncovered.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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.


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