A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.
Chinese prisoners have been forced into building up credits on online games according to the Guardian's most popular story. The practice is known as gold farming and involves the monotonous repetition of basic tasks in games such as World of Warcraft. The article says millions of gamers around the world are prepared to pay real money for such online credits built up by the gold miners, which they can use to progress in the online games.
It goes on to say that the trading of virtual currencies in multiplayer games has become so rampant in China that it is increasingly difficult to regulate. In April, the Sichuan provincial government in central China launched a court case against a gamer who stole credits online worth about 3000rmb.
The Brisbane Times says it is exposing "stolen jokes" told by Jordan Paris in Australia's Got Talent. This month he said "I've only got three requirements when it comes to girls. Number one, are you a girl? Number two, have you always been a girl? And number three, if not, can you keep a secret?"
Unfortunately for Paris the joke has been traced back to Geoff Keith who posted it on the Comedy Central website back in 2007.
A popular New York Time article asks if conjoined twins could share a mind.
Krista and Tatiana Hogan are four-year-old twin girls who are joined at the head. No controlled studies have been done; because the girls are so young and because of the challenges involved in studying two conjoined heads but the article says many neuroscientists are inclined to believe that their brains are connected by a live wire of a nature previously unknown. The paper goes on to say these girls could be really significant as they provide an incomparable resource for neuroscientists interested in tracing neural pathways, in the malleability of the brain and in the construction of the self.
The Atlantic's most popular article reports on efforts to fund a "metaphor machine".
Intelligence services are looking for computer scientists to build a machine which can deconstruct the metaphors used in every language, scrutinising the vast online data to give an insight into how people are feeling. It's all food for thought.
A popular Russia Today story claims activists in Moscow have taken to throwing red paint on drug dealers. The article says that they pose as customers, they arrange to meet drug dealers and, once they are satisfied that the suspect is a drug pusher - they serve them with what is known as a "black mark," something of a misnomer since the act of throwing a waterproof red dye in the individual's face leaves it red for three weeks.