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1 John Paul II crucifix crushes man in northern Italy
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27145931
Marco Gusmini was killed instantly and one other man taken to hospital, Italian media reported. Part of the 30m-high (100ft) sculpture collapsed at a ceremony ahead of the Pope's canonisation. John Paul II and his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, are due to be declared saints on Sunday.
2 Mystery of dazzling supernova solved
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27118405
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained. It is so luminous because a galaxy sitting in front amplifies its light - making it appear 100 billion times more dazzling than our Sun.
3 Blood in gourd 'is not from beheaded Louis XVI'
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27145411
An elaborately decorated gourd was thought to contain a handkerchief that had been dipped in the king's blood after he was killed by guillotine by French revolutionaries in 1793. But scientists have now sequenced the genome of the sample and say it is unlikely to belong to the monarch.
4 Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27141201
The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore - creator of the Amiga computer. Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000.
5 Is music really all about sex?
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140423-is-music-really-all-about-sex
Charles Darwin argued that music evolved as a way to attract lovers, and a study claims to support his idea. But how strong is the evidence, asks Phil Ball. Humans have been making music for at least 40,000 years. The earliest known instruments are flutes made from hollow animal bones.
6 UK centre to shoot for nuclear fusion record
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27138087
The director of a UK science facility says scientists there will try to set a new world record in nuclear fusion. The Jet experiment in Oxfordshire was opened in 1984 to understand fusion - the process that powers the Sun.
7 Fingerprints give police new clues for solving crime
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26668838
As darkness falls across the suburbs of Leeds, calls start to flood in to Chris Barley's radio from police HQ. It is prime time for criminal activity, and it is going to be a busy night for West Yorkshire's crime scene investigators too.
8 NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' after hashtag hijacked
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27126041
Users were asked to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag #myNYPD as part of a social media campaign. But instead of a steady stream of friendly photos, the hashtag was quickly adopted by users posting images of possible police aggression.
9 Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27111146
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?
10 David Cameron fosters division by calling Britain a 'Christian country’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10777417/David-Cameron-fosters-division-by-calling-Britain-a-Christian-country.html
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.
11 UK non-Christian claims 'absurd', senior Tories say
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-27121879
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".
12 Reading ReimaginedTM
http://www.spritzinc.com/
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!
13 World's Fair: Isaac Asimov's predictions 50 years on
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27069716
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.
14 How sticky tape trick led to Nobel Prize
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-11478645
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.
15 Graphene 'wonder material' made with kitchen blender
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27113732
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.
16 Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27067615
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.
17 How often do plane stowaways fall from the sky?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19562101
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.
18 US teenager survives five-hour flight in wheel well
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27100395
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.
19 Why big buttocks can be bad for your health
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27026521
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.
20 Ancient plants 'frozen in time' by space impacts
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27075508
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.

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