"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."
—Charles Scribner, Jr.
- Facebook earnings beat expectations Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:22 GMT
- The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.
- Bank governor warns on eurozone Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:06 GMT
- Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".
- Drone firm blocks White House flights Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:50 GMT
- Chinese drone-maker DJI is to prevent its kit from flying over much of the US capital, following the crash of one of its aircraft into the White House lawn.
- 'Sanction tech firms', says Hollande Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:21:08 GMT
- France's President calls for an international legal framework to force tech companies to 'face up to their responsibilities'.
- Selma star defends Benedict Cumberbatch Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:02 GMT
- David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in Selma, says it's "ridiculous" to attack Benedict Cumberbatch for using the term "coloured" during an interview.
- H is for Hawk wins Costa book prize Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:54:52 GMT
- Helen Macdonald wins the Costa Book of the Year Award for 2014 for her personal account of trying to train a goshawk after the death of her father.
- 'Dippy' makes way for blue whale Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:01 GMT
- London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.
- Scottish fracking block announced Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:57:04 GMT
- The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.
- Bank chief warns of pandemic threat Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:42:22 GMT
- The world is "dangerously unprepared" for future pandemics like the deadly Ebola outbreak, the president of the World Bank warns.
- E. coli found in Winnipeg water Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:14:37 GMT
- Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply.
- Guinea 1-1 Mali Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:11:17 GMT
- Lots will decide whether Mali or Guinea reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they drew 1-1 in Mongomo.
- Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (agg 2-4) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:42:56 GMT
- Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals with victory against nine-man Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
- The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:06 GMT
- When Devi Asmadiredja's husband told her to leave their German home, she found a new life in the remote mountains near Chechnya.
- Still thirsty after Malawi's flood Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:05:20 GMT
- For weeks Malawi experienced drought, then came a flood - but many people still lacked clean water.
- Irish post returns Santa letter Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:02:01 GMT
- Ireland's postal service apologises after a child finds her letter to Santa returned with an "insufficient address" sticker.