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1 A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water
Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases.
2 Ebola mutation 'presents nightmare scenario'
Virologists may not be publicly talking about the possibility that the Ebola virus could someday mutate into an airborne strain, writes Michael T Osterholm in the New York Times, but it's something they are "definitely considering in private".
3 Suspended between life and death
When Ariel Sharon died in January this year, eight years after a stroke, he'd survived for longer than would probably be expected had he lived elsewhere in the world. Since 2005 it's been illegal in Israel to turn off ventilators when a person is dying or has no hope of recovery.
4 David Haines's 'evil murder' condemned by PM
The murder of David Haines was an "act of pure evil", David Cameron has said after the release of a video purporting to show the UK hostage's beheading. The Foreign Office said it was "working urgently to verify" the video and was offering support to Mr Haines's family.
5 American Sniper author Chris Kyle shot dead in Texas
Iraq veteran and ex-US Navy seal Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in US history, has been shot dead on a Texas shooting range, reports say. His body was found at Rough Creek Lodge range on Saturday along with that of his neighbour, Chad Littlefield.
6 'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s
Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease. Symptoms of Parkinson's are currently difficult to measure objectively after the patient leaves the doctor's clinic.
7 Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map
Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds. They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution.
8 China's Island Factory
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. Can anyone stand in the way? China's Island Factory is an immersive story told through text, images and video, best viewed on an up-to-date browser.
9 How do you stop the flow of lava?
Authorities on Hawaii's Big Island have declared a state of emergency as lava from the Kilauea volcano threatens residential communities and roads. Is there any way to stop a lava flow and save the homes in its path?
10 Paypal unit to 'embrace' Bitcoin crypto-currency
Paypal subsidiary Braintree has started working on ways to process payments using the Bitcoin virtual currency. The work is due to be completed within "the coming months", said Braintree boss Bill Ready in a conference speech.
11 Wife on Mars: A love story
Could you leave everyone you love for the chance to settle on Mars? Sonia Van Meter describes herself as an "aspiring Martian" - she hopes to be one of the first humans on the planet in 10 years' time. But it would mean never seeing her husband again.
12 Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found
One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.
13 Young citizen scientists reveal urban bee 'surprise'
Around 30,000 schoolchildren from 400 schools across the UK did the counts as part of the Big Bumblebee Discovery. The first insights were announced at the British Science Festival.
14 Where in the UK do people swear most on Twitter?
Research has revealed the areas of the UK in which Twitter users are most likely to swear in their posts. Researchers from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London monitored all geo-located tweets sent from smartphones in the UK.
15 Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again
The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running. Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.
16 Rosetta takes 'selfie' ahead of landing site selection
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space. It was taken with the CIVA camera situated on Rosetta's landing craft known as Philae.
17 China: Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu
Eleven-year-old Yang Junxi says he touched the rusty weapon's tip while washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River, in Gaoyou County, the state news agency Xinhua reports.
18 Google plans debates on 'right to be forgotten'
Google is holding seven public meetings across Europe to debate issues raised by the "right to be forgotten" ruling. The ruling by the European Court of Justice lets people ask Google to remove some types of information about them from its search index.
19 Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua
Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which left a crater 12m (40ft) wide and 5m deep. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said the meteorite seemed to have broken off an asteroid which was passing close to Earth.
20 Selfie science: Taking the perfect snap
Have you ever wished your holiday snaps looked just a little crisper, or wondered why your nose looks big in a selfie? Two scientists from the University of Surrey are on a mission to help us make the most out of our digital cameras.


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