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"What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books."

—Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian, essayist


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Smell test 'may predict lifespan'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:48:37 GMT
US researchers say a simple smell test could help predict how likely someone is to be alive in five years' time. 
Cancer gene test 'would save lives'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:04:36 GMT
Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers. 
Lancaster signs England deal to 2020  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:18:23 GMT
Stuart Lancaster's contract as England head coach is extended until 2020 by the Rugby Football Union. 
England stars 'treated like babies'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:00:59 GMT
England's players are suffering because they are not trusted to behave like grown-ups, according to Rio Ferdinand. 
Almaz's story  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:03:29 GMT
When a young Ethiopian woman went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid her new employers treated her like a slave. 
Why 'boots on the ground'?  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:01:03 GMT
The expression "boots on the ground" may not have been used until about 1980. 
First Ebola case diagnosed in the US  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:11:13 GMT
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. 
Japan volcano eruption deaths rise  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:59:00 GMT
Rescue workers in Japan recover more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 47 the number of those killed by Saturday's surprise volcanic eruption. 
Lord Hill faces second 'EU grilling'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:11:32 GMT
The UK's candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill, is summoned to a second hearing of MEPs to assess his suitability for the job. 
Chile avalanche kills extreme skiers  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:14:46 GMT
Extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson have died in an avalanche in southern Chile, officials confirm. 
Fresh strikes around key Syrian town  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:31:37 GMT
US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane. 
White House 'intruder' in court  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:47:26 GMT
Omar Gonzalez, the man accused of scaling the White House fence and running into the building while carrying a knife, pleads not guilty to charges. 
Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:57:59 GMT
David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech. 
River body confirmed as missing Alice  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:18:58 GMT
A body found in a west London river is that of missing Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police confirm. 
HK protest at London Chinese embassy  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:34:37 GMT
Demonstrators gather outside the Chinese embassy in London to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.