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VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:51:51 GMT
A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days. 
VIDEO: New tech opens doors for jobseekers  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:51:36 GMT
New technology is opening up whole new careers to young jobseekers who may be having difficulty getting into more established professions. 
VIDEO: British dancer returns from Russia  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:02:28 GMT
A dancer from Hull who became the first British dancer to be employed by the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia returns to the UK to perform with the company at Covent Garden. 
VIDEO: Star Trek star Takei's life on film  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:53:52 GMT
Star Trek star George Takei talks about being his childhood experience of living in an internment camp during World War Two. 
VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:06 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul. 
UK to allow driverless cars on roads  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:35:09 GMT
The government is to outline measures that will allow driverless cars on public roads in the UK by 2015. 
VIDEO: Zoo animals stay cool with ice lolly  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:13:56 GMT
During the hot summer weather zookeepers are having to come up with ways to keep animals comfortable in the heat. 
Twitter shares surge on user growth  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:48:39 GMT
Social networking service Twitter reports a second-quarter loss of $145m but better than expected user growth, sending shares surging over 35%. 
Japan output falls most since 2011  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:10:34 GMT
Japan's factory output falls 3.3% from May to June, the latest sign to highlight that the recent sales tax rise is affecting consumer demand. 
Sleep sensor smashes Kickstarter goal  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:09 GMT
A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking device cracks $1m (£590,000) on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in five days. 
OKCupid experiments with 'bad' matches  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:47:43 GMT
Dating website OKCupid reveals that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect. 
Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT
Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster, featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September. 
Secret Cinema to begin one week late  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:18:52 GMT
Secret Cinema's screenings of Back to the Future are to begin in London on Thursday after the opening week was cancelled. 
How faces drive first impressions  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:36 GMT
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers. 
Astronomers weigh up Milky Way  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:11:55 GMT
The Milky Way is lighter than previously thought and is only about half the mass of a neighbouring galaxy, researchers conclude.