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London councils raise millions through box junctions fines

London councils are being accused of making millions of pounds from drivers who infringe yellow box junction rules because of poor traffic management. Source: BBC

Hippy cartel

How a young detective became a dope-smoking, hard-drinking hippy as part of the 1970s' biggest anti-drugs operation. Source: BBC

Women’s Emergence as Terrorists in France Points to Shift in ISIS Gender Roles

In some recent cases, women have been at the heart of attack plots, highlighting a possible evolution in the dynamics of gender for some of the Islamic State’s European recruits.

Ryder Cup 2016: Best shots from day two

Watch some of the best shots from day two of the 2016 Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe at Hazeltine National. Source: BBC

Arrests after West Ham v Middlesbrough violence

Three people are arrested after rival fans clash outside West Ham's new London Stadium following a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough Source: BBC

The Interpreter: Why Some Wars (Like Syria’s) Get More Attention Than Others (Like Yemen’s)

Some of the reasons are obvious; the scale of Syria’s war is catastrophic and much worse than Yemen’s. But attention is about more than numbers.

Brexit: May to introduce EU repeal act in Queen’s Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will introduce a "Great Repeal Bill" in the next Queen's Speech which will overturn the act which took the UK into the EU. Source: BBC

On Religion: A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes

“Can you imagine knowing that in a few moments death was imminent?” a rabbi said, speaking of the crew of the Challenger shuttle. Three years later, he lived his words.

William and Kate praise Canada for ‘happy’ family memories

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praise Canada for leaving their family with "happy memories" as their tour of Canada comes to an end. Source: BBC

Dozens injured in gas explosion near Malaga, Spain

Dozens of people are injured, four seriously, in an explosion believed caused by a gas cylinder near Malaga in southern Spain, reports say. 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.