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Students build Oculus Moon robot  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:26:05 GMT
US team develop a robot that can send back live pictures from the Moon as part of attempt to win Google's Lunar X-Prize. 
Protests against controversial opera  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:18:52 GMT
Politicians including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani protest against controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer. 
Timberlake settles Heat legal action  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:38:45 GMT
Celebrity magazine Heat apologises to actor and singer Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel after publishing a "false and unfounded story" questioning their marriage. 
Pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:19:57 GMT
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report claims. 
Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:44:45 GMT
Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, according to a new study, and the victorious swarms are taking over the hives of rival species. 
Scans reveal cause of winter blues  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:21:11 GMT
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 
Nigeria declared free of Ebola  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:48:44 GMT
The World Health Organization declares Nigeria officially free of Ebola - hailing it a "spectacular success story" - after six weeks with no new cases. 
Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:21:26 GMT
Bayern Munich record their biggest ever away win in the Champions League as they thrash Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. 
Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:33:11 GMT
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist. 
The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:37:48 GMT
Today, the "free" in free school stands for the freedom to found a school outside council control. But back in the 1970s young idealists created a very different type of free school. 
On the tracks of Australia's last record maker  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:21:50 GMT
How discs are pressed at the only record company in Australia with a vinyl press. 
ICC warns Kenya on Kenyatta leaks  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:26:30 GMT
The International Criminal Court warns the Kenyan government against leaking information from President Uhuru Kenyatta's case to the media. 
HK in first talks with students  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:01:27 GMT
Hong Kong officials end a first round of talks with student leaders to try to resolve an impasse that sparked weeks of pro-democracy protests. 
Lufthansa strike declared legal  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:44:49 GMT
German airline Lufthansa fails in a court bid to force its pilots to call off their strike, while union leaders warn of more action. 
Rewards for Mexico missing students  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:38:29 GMT
The Mexican government offers rewards totalling $4.75m (£3m) for information leading to the whereabouts of 43 missing students from Guerrero state.