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"Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents."

—Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972) American writer, poet, Cantos, ABC of Reading

 

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Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:54:53 GMT
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report. 
SpaceX launches station cargo flight  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:02 GMT
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday. 
Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:03:38 GMT
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show. 
Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says. 
Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:35:18 GMT
Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought win over relegation-battling Norwich. 
Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:26:03 GMT
Few chemicals are as familiar as table salt. The white crystals are the most common food seasoning in the world and an essential part of the human diet. 
Shannon Airport: A curious history of celebrity visitors  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:26:49 GMT
Shannon Airport in the Irish Republic has long been the unlikely host to celebrities and US presidents making the transatlantic crossing, writes Christine Finn. 
Algeria militants kill 14 soldiers  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:36:05 GMT
Islamist militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a military convoy in mountains east of the capital Algiers. 
Abdullah 'extends Afghan poll lead'  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:40 GMT
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has extended his lead over his rival Ashraf Ghani, latest results from the presidential polls suggest. 
Top aide to French president resigns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post. 
Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:41:56 GMT
Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years. 
Yemen drone strike kills militants  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:33:17 GMT
A drone attack in south Yemen has killed at least three suspected al-Qaeda fighters, defence officials and local tribal chiefs say. 
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. 
Flood defences mended for thousands  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:21:56 GMT
Flood defences and other protections are restored for more than 100,000 properties left at risk after this winter's severe weather. 
Hidden company owners to be revealed  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:16:04 GMT
Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.