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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher

 

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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. 
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. 
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. 
Moores to be new England coach  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:09:19 GMT
Peter Moores is to be named England coach for a second time, BBC Sport understands. 
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. 
Should drug firms make payments to doctors?  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:46:27 GMT
Critics have blamed payments by drugs firms to US doctors for encouraging risky and wasteful prescription habits. What difference have payments made, and will forcing companies to disclose them help? 
ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:12 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. 
Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:09 GMT
Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica. 
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. 
Brazilian police end strike over pay  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:53:14 GMT
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets. 
Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:32 GMT
At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs. 
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. 
Republican shot dead in west Belfast  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:12:58 GMT
A prominent dissident republican, Tommy Crossan, has been shot dead in west Belfast. 
Boy in hospital with severe burns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:42 GMT
A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns. 
British teenager killed in Syria  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:41:24 GMT
A British teenager said to have "died in battle" fighting with anti-government forces in Syria, is described as a "martyr" by his father.