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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

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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. 
Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:08:43 GMT
Danny Welbeck scores his first senior hat-trick as 10-man Arsenal beat Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League. 
Caterham to race on despite bailiffs  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:33:44 GMT
Formula 1 team Caterham pledge to compete in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix despite bailiffs visiting their base. 
How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:07:53 GMT
In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, with the help of a laboratory in Bosnia, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them. 
Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:35:44 GMT
For much of September, Tokyo basked in temperatures of 25C or more. In most countries there would be a rush for the beach, but not in Japan. 
Grace Mugabe 'should hand back PhD'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:52:22 GMT
Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove calls on Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe to hand back her PhD as students demand an investigation. 
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. 
New Nato chief urges Russian rethink  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:19:44 GMT
The new Nato chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says the alliance wants constructive ties with Russia - but Russian policy in Ukraine must change. 
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. 
Iran filmmakers back nuclear deal  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:14 GMT
Six prominent Iranian filmmakers launch a campaign urging world powers to agree a permanent solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme. 
Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:24:50 GMT
Five children in Texas who came into contact with the Liberian man infected with Ebola are being monitored at home. 
Ebola fight hit by aid cuts, MPs warn  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:20:17 GMT
Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warn. 
Over 500 GP practices 'risk closure'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:52:57 GMT
Hundreds of GP practices are at risk of closure because of the ageing workforce, doctors' leaders say. 
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. 
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