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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

World News From BBC

VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:08:57 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:01:16 GMT
BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof. 
VIDEO: China's museum of roast duck  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:58:25 GMT
In 2013 China had a new museum open almost every day of the year on average, resulting in some slightly bizarre attractions 
VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:44:43 GMT
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares. 
VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:33:38 GMT
Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports. 
Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:44 GMT
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US. 
Thieving monkey hands out money  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:20:01 GMT
A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say. 
UK moves up global economic ranking  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:01:17 GMT
The UK edges up the World Economic Forum's worldwide rankings, but the group warns that the health of the global economy is at risk. 
Wall Street market report  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:38:46 GMT
Wall Street Market Report 
Gamers take a stand against misogyny  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:35:55 GMT
Thousands have signed an open letter demanding change after a female video blogger received death threats. 
Uber banned across Germany by court  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:12 GMT
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work. 
Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home. 
Justin Bieber charged with assault  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:13 GMT
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan. 
Monkey leaders have different brains  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:16:48 GMT
Neuroscientists discover that primate brains show consistent differences according social status 
Economics 'driving language loss'  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:58:20 GMT
A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.