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Racy rubles, changing climate, bloody bulls

A girl runs through a sprinkler at a playground in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A girl runs through a sprinkler at a playground in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The new, warmer normal

What constitutes “average” weather anymore? The U.N. says climate change is rapidly changing our perceptions.

 

Currency, minus the genitalia

A Russian lawmaker is attempting to ban the naked images of a Greek god, which appear on a 100-ruble paper note.

 

Cutest archaeology ever

Scientists uncover fossils belonging to the smallest hedgehog ever discovered.

 

Pummeled by two tons of irony

The author of the book “How to Survive the Running of the Bulls” is badly injured while… running from the bulls in Pamplona.

 

Video: AARP + R2D2

A robotic caregiver allows companionship and freedom for a 94-year-old woman.

 

Gallery: He’d like to have a word about ‘horses and bayonets’

This instant classic is among Reuters editors’ picks for the top photos of the day. Click through to see more.

A limping dictator, the running of the bulls and everyone’s favorite musical

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight on Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 8, 2014.

North Korea’s supreme leader limps into the spotlight

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an unexplained limp in a televised ceremony to celebrate Un’s granfather, Kim Il Sung, who died 20 years ago.

Something stinks, it stinks bad

Perfume makers in Europe may face a challenge if the EU bans some key ingredients over allergy concerns.

Baby Joanne, studying the risks of e-cigarettes and spitting cherry pits

A man uses an E-cigarette. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

After hot dogs, we spit cherry pits

After the annual hot dog eating contest in New York, the record-holder for the longest distance one can spit a cherry pit held onto his title at the annual event in Michigan.

The vape gets in your eyes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of research experiments to test e-cigarettes for health risks and their appeal to children.

She’ll be potty trained in no time

After an emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo, baby gorilla Joanne is showing her wild side.

Magic mushrooms, zombies and other immature things

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

We thought it was pixie dust

Scientists are studying the effects of psychedelic mushrooms in order to discover exactly how they alter human minds.

 

Jury’s still out on gummy bears

Dark chocolate may aid blood flow in the legs of patients suffering from artery disease.

Berkeley soda tax, NASA-funded climate change mission and other hippie stuff

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

In space, no one can hear you pollute

NASA launches the Delta 2 rocket, an unmanned vessel tasked with surveying where carbon dioxide moves in and out of the atmosphere.

 

Yes, Animal Style fries are worth it

McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell used to be America’s fast food kings. But pricier chains like In-N-Out and Chipotle are gaining ground with younger diners.

Policing pottymouths

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin's broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin’s broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Watch your damn mouth 

Russia bans swearing in movies, plays, books and the Internet. Putin critics suggest perhaps this violates free speech.

 

‘Gay therapy’ fails to convert opinion

The Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in favor of overturning a California ban on “gay conversion” treatment.

Of penguins and petunias

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

Penguins in peril

Climate change may slash the population of emperor penguins by more than a fifth by 2100.

 

Stop and smell the roses – if you can

Air pollutants make it difficult for some pollinating insects to find flowers, which could hurt U.S. agriculture.

A new mammal, a new minimum wage and (possibly) a new saint

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

Science: It’s adorable 

Happy Friday: Researchers have discovered a new mammal! It’s a tiny mouse with a long nose and, inexplicably, it’s closely related to the elephant.

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

That’s not a jellyfish, it’s a trash bag: American oceans may be more polluted than you thought.

Poop, lice, dead whales

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: I’ll start checking the want ads

A Tokyo museum unveils a robot newscaster. Sure, but can it provide quirky and engaging wrap-ups of obscure news stories?

 

But seriously, it’s a rough time to be a journalist

Big Brother is watching news: Thailand’s military authorities say they plan to monitor and crack down on media outlets that are critical of junta policies.

 

Gallery: Weak stomach? Maybe skip this one.

Japanese whalers demonstrate the controversial practice of butchering giant sea mammals.

Facebook foibles, big-time bikes

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Slideshow: That other really big summer sporting tournament

Tour de France starting line host Britain gears up for the famed bicycle race, beginning July 5.

 

A kinder gentler road hog

Harley Davidson releases an electric motorcycle.

 

From poking to pokey

A man allegedly burglarizes a house – and is caught after leaving his Facebook profile open on the victim’s computer.

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