"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
- Drug 'halves' breast cancer risk Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:30:10 GMT
- A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.
- Grades 'more nature than nurture' Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:01:47 GMT
- Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.
- Cook facing hardest England Test Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:45:54 GMT
- Alastair Cook says the third Test in Australia will be the hardest of his career as England look to turn around the series.
- Di Resta out as Force India sign Perez Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:14:24 GMT
- Scottish driver Paul Di Resta's Formula 1 future is in doubt after Force India announce the signing of Sergio Perez.
- Will Mandela's funeral be the biggest in history? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:57:44 GMT
- Few events can have provided quite so much political stardust as the Nelson Mandela memorial service, where 52 presidents paid respects. But is it the biggest funeral?
- Child 'training' book triggers backlash Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:55:17 GMT
- A US pastor's book that advocates whipping children with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But alleged links between the pastor's teachings and the deaths of three children have provoked a growing backlash.
- Nigeria row over Obasanjo letter Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:20:52 GMT
- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's office hits back at ex-leader Olusegun Obasanjo for a "provocative" letter condemning his leadership and telling him not to seek re-election.
- Australia court bans gay marriage Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:43:59 GMT
- Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), rendering 27 gay marriages invalid.
- Bavaria abandons Mein Kampf reprint Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:55:26 GMT
- The German state of Bavaria abandons controversial plans to reprint Mein Kampf after its legal power to ban Adolf Hitler's manifesto expires in 2015.
- Honduran president confirmed in post Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:36:01 GMT
- Juan Orlando Hernandez is officially declared president-elect of Honduras despite calls for an annulment by losing candidate Xiomara Castro.
- Media urge end to Syria kidnappings Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:37:37 GMT
- International news organisations urge Syrian rebel groups to stop kidnapping journalists, and to free those who are being held.
- Critics hit at Canada Post cutbacks Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:01:35 GMT
- Critics say Canada Post's move to phase out home delivery over the next five years could hurt pensioners unable to walk to community post boxes.
- Clutha crash death toll rises to 10 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:31:45 GMT
- The death toll in the Glasgow helicopter crash rises to 10 as Bond Air Services, which operated the EC 135 aircraft, grounds its fleet of the model.
- Plan for big MP pay rise defended Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:10:30 GMT
- The body which sets MPs' salaries defends plans to award an 11% pay rise, saying other changes mean it will not cost taxpayers "a penny more".
- Worry as women left alone in labour Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:56:03 GMT
- A quarter of women are left alone during labour and birth at a time that worries them, according to an official survey.