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The low-tech solution helping to preserve an ice grotto

The low-tech solution helping to preserve an ice grotto in Switzerland's Rhone Glacier. Source: BBC

Rodrigo Duterte ‘happy to slaughter’ addicts as Hitler did Jews

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compares his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust, saying he would be happy to kill as many drug addicts as Hitler did Jews. Source: BBC

Blossoms’ time

But in a video documenting what they call a "life-changing" summer, the band's told Newsbeat this is "just the start". Source: BBC

Nico Rosberg heads Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia practice after bizarre Renault fire

Nico Rosberg heads Lewis Hamilton by nearly half a second in first practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Source: BBC

Shimon Peres funeral: World leaders gather in Israel

World leaders including Barack Obama and Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas are in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, one of the country's founding fathers. Source: BBC

One in six young people ‘eat fast food twice a day’

One in six young people eat fast food twice a day, according to a survey of the nation's eating habits. Source: BBC

BBC Sooty row over ‘sexing up’ revealed

Introducing a female puppet to Sooty's TV show in the 1960s was so controversial that the BBC director general had to step in, a documentary reveals. Source: BBC

Swinging back?

A raucous, partisan atmosphere is expected in Minnesota as the US try to beat Europe in the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, writes Tom Fordyce. Source: BBC

Teenage suicide

The story behind the suicide of two teenage girls in France opens an intense debate about how teenagers treat each other and how they are looked after at school. Source: BBC

Newspaper review: Further football finance claims on front pages

The Daily Telegraph makes more allegations about financial dealings in football, while in other news restaurants are told to slim down the size of their puddings. Source: BBC

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Congenital blindness reversed in mice

Researchers have reversed congenital blindness in mice by changing supportive cells in the retina called Müller glia into rod photoreceptors. The findings advance efforts toward regenerative therapies for blinding diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

When viruses infect phytoplankton, it can change the clouds

Microscopic plant-like organisms called phytoplankton support the diversity of life in the ocean. Scientists now report that one species, Emiliania huxleyi, and a virus closely associated with it, might be responsible for changes in cloud properties as well. When infected, E. huxleyi releases its chalky shell into the air, where it acts as an aerosol reflecting sunlight and even affecting cloud creation and movement.

Stern of World War II US destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

In the midst of World War II on August 18, 1943, the USS Abner Read struck what was presumed to be a Japanese mine in the Bering Sea. The catastrophic blast took the lives of 71 American sailors. For their families, the final resting place of loved ones lost remained unknown. Until now. On July 16, 2018, a team of researchers using robotics technology discovered the sunken stern of the World War II destroyer -- solving a 75-year-old mystery.