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1 Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'
At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way? Matthew Teller delves into a story of intrigue and possible skulduggery in Persia. September 1805. Britain and France are at war.
2 UK condemns Argentina over Falklands' sovereignty signs
The UK has objected to Argentine MPs' decision that public transportation should carry signs expressing the country's claim over the Falklands. The MP behind the initiative said it would reflect "our undeniable sovereignty" over the islands.
3 Train firm launches lost teddy campaign
First Great Western is using posters and a website with mugshots of the toys, which have been left on trains in the south of England. Dozens are being stored in lost property offices at stations while the bulk are in a vault underneath Bristol Temple Meads station.
4 #BBCtrending: #PhillyJesus is a star online and on the street
Michael Grant is 28 years old and for the last seven months he has been walking through the streets of Philadelphia dressed up like Jesus. Jesus, though, never carried a smart phone: Mr Grant has over 5,000 followers on his @PhillyJesus instagram account and has become a local celebrity.
5 Bystanders lift car to end 'stand-off' with tram
There was a "stand-off" between the Mini and a tram, dubbed #TramVSCooper on Twitter, which lasted for at least 20 minutes near Nottingham Trent University. At one point there were two trams stuck behind the Mini but the driver did not return to her car despite loud beeping.
6 Spain's richest duchess dies aged 88
The Duchess of Alba, Spain's richest woman and one its most eccentric figures, has died aged 88 in Seville. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat and owned palaces and an extensive property portfolio as well as paintings by Goya and Velazquez.
7 Headline numbers: How much is everything in the UK worth?
Have you ever wondered how much everything in the UK is worth? Well, the figure is out this morning from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - it's called the national balance sheet - and it's £7.6tn.
8 Bee Deaths Mystery Solved? Neonicotinoids (Neonics) May Actually Help Bee Health
Reports that honey bees are dying in unusually high numbers has concerned many scientists, farmers and beekeepers, and gripped the public.
9 East-West conflict set to run and run
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" President Putin over Ukraine. This is apparently an Australian expression suggesting pushing into someone's personal space, squaring off for a fight, eyeball to eyeball, shirt button to shirt button.
10 Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists
Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said.
11 Complex jobs 'may protect memory'
People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests. The research was reported in Neurology.
12 Bob Marley family launches "first world cannabis brand"
The family of the late Jamaican reggae artist, Bob Marley has launched what they describe as the world's first global cannabis brand. It will be called Marley Natural and be used to sell cannabis-infused lotions, creams and various accessories.
13 Why do so many people die shovelling snow?
At least two people have died from heart attacks while shovelling snow in Buffalo, New York. Every winter, about 100 people in the US die doing this. Why?
14 Breached webcam and baby monitor site flagged by watchdogs
The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, webcams and CCTV systems. Data watchdogs across the world have drawn attention to the Russian-based site, which broadcasts footage from systems using either default passwords or no log-in codes at all.
15 Giant tortoise makes 'miraculous' stable recovery
Where once there were 15, now more than 1,000 giant tortoises lumber around Espanola, one of the Galapagos Islands. After 40 years' work reintroducing captive animals, a detailed study of the island's ecosystem has confirmed it has a stable, breeding population.
16 Digital hearing aids 'distort recorded music'
Wearers of digital hearing aids struggle to listen to recorded music because of the way the devices process sound, research from the US suggests. The researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder found that the more sophisticated hearing aids boost softer sounds to aid speech recognition.
17 Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.
18 'Shazam for birds' app set for spring launch
An app that can automatically recognise bird sounds is to be launched in time for spring, its creators have said. Warblr has been developed by two scientists using a grant from Queen Mary University of London.
19 Tech to take the stress out of stress
Mairin Philips (not her real name) suffered from anxiety, so much so that it made the pain from a stomach ulcer far worse. Then a friend suggested a handheld anti-anxiety device."I was keen to give it a try, but was not convinced it would be of benefit to me," she says.
20 Starlings: Mapping and modelling the ballet of the skies
The beautiful, baffling seasonal spectacular is back for another year: starlings, swirling in their hundreds and thousands, in shapes that defy mathematical description. How on earth do they co-ordinate these aerobatic displays, and what purpose do they serve?


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