"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
- Sensors to prevent pain for amputees Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
- Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.
- Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:03:27 GMT
- Bottom club Sunderland earn a stunning win at Chelsea that dents the Blues' title hopes and gives Liverpool a major boost.
- How 420 became code for marijuana Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT
- The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.
- The spooky world of the 'numbers stations' Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
- This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.
- Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:22:12 GMT
- Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
- Three missing in Everest avalanche Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:48:34 GMT
- The search resumes for three missing local guides after an avalanche kills 13 Sherpas on the slopes of Mount Everest.
- Federer beats Djokovic to reach final Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:39 GMT
- Roger Federer reaches his fourth Monte Carlo Masters final with victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic.
- Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:44:18 GMT
- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage.
- Al-Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:33:37 GMT
- An air strike kills at least 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants in central Yemen, with some reports saying three civilians also died.
- US 'delays' Keystone XL decision Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
- The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
- Archbishop to highlight suffering Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:07:26 GMT
- The Archbishop of Canterbury is to highlight the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.
- Man held over NI dissident murder Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:08:26 GMT
- Police in Northern Ireland arrest a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan.
- Burnt boy in 'critical condition' Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:59:48 GMT
- A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in an incident in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, police reveal.
- STV quits CBI over referendum stance Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:53:19 GMT
- Broadcaster STV becomes the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.
- Day in pictures: 16 April 2014 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:07 GMT
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