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Cancer-killing cells made in the lab  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:46 GMT
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer. 
Later sunsets 'make kids more active'  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:15:39 GMT
Moving the clocks forward by one extra hour all year could lead to children getting two more minutes of exercise every day, say UK researchers. 
Suarez gets help for impulse to bite  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:31:38 GMT
Luis Suarez gets professional help for an "impulse" to bite opponents ahead of his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday. 
Nadal confirms the end of his season  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:31:14 GMT
Fourteen-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal calls an end to his 2014 season to undergo appendix surgery. 
The day UFOs stopped play  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:31:00 GMT
In 1954, a football game in Florence was interrupted by UFOs flying over the stadium. The spectacle was witnessed by more than 10,000 people – but what was it? 
How to solve brain-teasers set by a top puzzle master  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:32:50 GMT
The Magazine recently wrote about the late puzzle master extraordinaire, Martin Gardner, and shared some of his brain-teasers - as promised, here are the answers. 
Women propose sex strike for peace  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:38:14 GMT
Female peace activists think the strike could force men to end armed conflict. 
Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:12:51 GMT
A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says. 
PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:39:41 GMT
David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU - but Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says the bill should not have come as a surprise. 
Governor quits over Mexico missing  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:49:56 GMT
The governor of Mexico's southern Guerrero state - where 43 students went missing after deadly clashes with police last month - stands down. 
US to check IS 'chemical weapon' use  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:55:18 GMT
The United States will investigate "extremely serious allegations" that militant group Islamic State used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers. 
Two US Ebola nurses free of virus  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:10:30 GMT
Two nurses infected with Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas are declared free of the deadly virus, a day after the first infection in New York. 
Cost of driving licence to be cut  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:01:11 GMT
The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says. 
Scottish Labour leader standing down  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:45:04 GMT
Johann Lamont is standing down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with immediate effect after criticising her Westminster colleagues. 
Anger over ancient woods quarry plan  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:57:03 GMT
Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.