"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
- US museum group bans selfie stick Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:09:00 GMT
- The Smithsonian museum group in Washington DC has banned the fashionable photography aid, the selfie stick, to "protect visitors" in crowded conditions.
- China sets 2015 growth target at 7% Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:40:33 GMT
- China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.
- Oligarch given North Sea deadline Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:52:01 GMT
- Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.
- Lords want drone owners register Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:02:20 GMT
- The House of Lords EU Committee calls for a drone register to be set up which owners of unmanned aircraft would have to join.
- China and US clash over backdoors Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:22:06 GMT
- China rejects President Obama's criticism of its attempt to make companies put backdoors in their software and share their encryption keys.
- Tracey Ullman returns in BBC comedy Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:27:29 GMT
- Tracey Ullman is to return to the BBC with her own comedy series, some 30 years after she was a regular face on British TV.
- Australia announces Eurovision singer Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:43:20 GMT
- Former Australian Idol winner and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian will be Australia's first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest.
- African synchrotron bid gathers pace Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:44:52 GMT
- The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.
- Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:22:45 GMT
- The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.
- Billions 'have untreated tooth decay' Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:48:46 GMT
- Billions of people have untreated tooth decay across the globe, an international study has found.
- Adults get flu 'every five years' Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:42:53 GMT
- Adults catch real flu about once every five years, while children get it every other year, scientists calculate, based on a field study in China.
- Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona (2-6 agg) Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:34:09 GMT
- Barcelona will meet Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after sealing a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal.
- Evans & Cisse 'must get spit bans' Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:43:09 GMT
- Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse should face bans for spitting, say BBC Sport pundits.
- Striking gold with a hoard of lost property Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:45 GMT
- Welcome to the Zurich store where much of Switzerland's lost property ends up for sale.
- Viewpoint: Why I loved Nemtsov Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:57 GMT
- Historian Georgy Mirsky on Russia's "culture of intolerance, bitterness, national arrogance, and malicious smears" and its part in the murder of Boris Nemtsov.