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Pocket optician 'good as eye charts'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:35
A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician's clinic, a trial suggests.

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:29

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

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Blatter 'cannot be held responsible'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:28
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he cannot be held responsible for corruption scandal, says trust must be won back

US lighthouse moves inland

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:27
The Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, its being moved inland on Thursday to avoid falling into the Atlantic ocean.

FIFA President Blatter Speaks At Opening Of Group's Congress

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:22

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces a reelection vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

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The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:18

For some strange reason, people across America began to notice that thousands of automobile windshields were dotted with teeny-tiny pockmarks.

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Heron pays a visit to Downing Street

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:05
A heron causes a stir on Twitter after paying a flying visit to Downing Street.

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:04

The agency also unveiled new forecast graphics that are more detailed and highlight threats posed by potentially deadly storm surges.

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Libor trader pledged 'humongous deal'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:03
The trader at the centre of the Libor rate-rigging trial offered his contact a "humongous deal" to keep the rate low, a court hears.

Death crash youth's 142mph boast

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 07:00
A teenage driver who killed a man whose car he split in two in a high speed crash boasted about driving at 142mph on a motorway hours before.

IS 'kills 20 men at Palmyra site'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:59
Islamic State militants killed 20 men at the ancient theatre at the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says.

Oxford University first female head

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:34
Oxford University is set to have a female head for the first time in its history, with the announcement that Louise Richardson has been nominated as vice chancellor.

VIDEO: Meeting the Mayfair squatters

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:33
A group squatting in a building in London's Mayfair have been ordered to leave the property following a ruling by the High Court.

Game off: Splatoon lorry stolen

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:27
A lorry transporting Nintendo's new special edition of its popular Splatoon shooter game has been stolen.

Houghton in line for England return

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:25
Captain Stephanie Houghton is set to play against Canada in England's final friendly before the Women's World Cup.

Rail workers to strike in June

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:21
Rail workers in the RMT union are to hold 24-hour and 48-hour strikes next month, after rejecting a pay offer from Network Rail.

Black hole seen 'playing billiards'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:19
A series of images captures two vast blobs of plasma, shot out by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a nearly light-speed cosmic collision.

Buzzfeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:17

"Combing through mastheads and tables of contents for the names of writers who are not straight white men can make you feel crazy. And it is crazy that doing so is still necessary."

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Hitman jailed for 'Gerbil' murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:16
A man is jailed for life after being convicted of murdering Glasgow gangland figure Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll.

Putin makes troop deaths state secret

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-28 06:08
President Vladimir Putin declares Russian troop losses in peacetime a state secret as the Kremlin continues to deny sending troops to Ukraine.