"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."
—William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist noted for literary criticism
- Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT
- Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
- Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT
- The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
- VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:21 GMT
- BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.
- Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT
- Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.
- SXSW sued by crash victims' families Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:43 GMT
- The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers.
- LA River's flood role is 'paramount' Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT
- Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
- Stem cell scandal scientist resigns Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT
- A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
- Asthma inhalers 'not used properly' Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT
- Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
- Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:45 GMT
- One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
- Johnson secures Australia Test win Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:01:38 GMT
- Australia win the second Test against India by four wickets in Brisbane to secure an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
- Cook 'gutted' to miss World Cup Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:35 GMT
- Alastair Cook is "disappointed" to be left out of England's World Cup squad after Eoin Morgan is named new one-day captain.
- Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:09:27 GMT
- Vladimir Putin accused the US and EU of conspiring to weaken Russia but he himself bears responsibility for the rouble crisis, writes Ben Judah.
- Should students carry guns on campus? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:45:08 GMT
- In light of mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States, many say the lesson is to keep campuses gun-free. A growing number of students argue if they were allowed to carry guns at college, they'd feel safer.
- Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
- Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
- Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels' Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
- Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.