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1 Could the US start sending its oil overseas?
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-29450562
Americans enjoy some of the cheapest petrol prices in the world, due in large part to relatively low federal taxes on fuel and a four-decade-old ban on the export of crude petroleum.
2 Does job success depend on data rather than your CV?
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29343425
The bald truth is that most companies are pretty bad at recruitment. Nearly half of new recruits turn out to be duds within 18 months, according to one study, while two-thirds of hiring managers admit they've often chosen the wrong people.
3 Things that could only happen in a Hong Kong protest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29423147
Tear gas, pepper spray, feelings of anger and betrayal, crowds forced to run from riot police... and yet the protests retain that uniquely Hong Kong character. Reporters and Hong Kong residents have shared their most surreal and charming experiences on the streets.
4 Moon's hidden valley system revealed
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29447159
Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface. The 2,500km-wide structure is believed to be the remains of old rift valleys that later became filled with lava.
5 Why is Omar Gonzalez alive and Mike Brown dead?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29445666
How about this as an essay question for the future. Compare and contrast the treatment of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez at the White House, and what does it tell us about the maintenance of law and order in the US?
6 DFDS Harwich to Esbjerg ferry route's final journey
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29353171
The UK's only ferry link to Scandinavia is to close for good, marking the "the end of an era", its operator says. The route between Harwich, Essex and Esbjerg in Denmark, run by DFDS Seaways, has been in operation for nearly 140 years.
7 Banksy anti-immigration birds mural in Clacton-on-Sea destroyed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29446232
The mural in Clacton-on-Sea - where a by-election is due to take place following the local MP's defection to UKIP - appeared this week. It showed four pigeons holding signs including "Go Back to Africa", while a more exotic-looking bird looked on.
8 Chimps with tools: Wild ape culture caught on camera
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29429405
Researchers have captured the spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps. They say this is the first clear evidence of wild chimpanzees developing a new culture.
9 Armed man with assault conviction shared lift with Obama
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29437755
President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in what appears to be another security lapse. It happened on 16 September when Mr Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
10 'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29409541
Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its platform, its founder has told the BBC. It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.
11 Where does the phrase 'boots on the ground' come from?
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29413429
"Boots on the ground" is shorthand for combat troops deployed in a foreign country. Barack Obama and David Cameron have both used it - it's a phrase that is constantly cropping up in the news. But where did it come from? Infantry have been stomping in boots through mud and sand for centuries.
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http://what-if.xkcd.com/113/
13 Tasks
http://xkcd.com/1425/
14
http://what-if.xkcd.com/112/
15 Future Self
http://xkcd.com/1421/
16 On the Phone
http://xkcd.com/1419/
17 Horse
http://xkcd.com/1418/
18 The freedivers who swim with whales
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29209139
Whales are extremely shy animals, making it hard to study them in their natural habitat. But a group of marine scientists has managed to record their behaviour up-close by freediving with humpbacks and sperm whales. I'm floating in the Indian Ocean, six miles off the north-east coast of Sri Lanka.
19 What makes a global top 10 university?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29086590
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities. It's the third year in a row that the US university, famous for its science and technology research, has been top of the QS World University Rankings.
20 Download, print, build your Martian home in 24 hours
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29208276
Imagine opening the curtains in the morning and instead of grey skies and rain, looking out at a rust-coloured rocky panorama. The year is 2045. You have woken up on Mars.

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