"A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that."
—B. A. Billingsly
- Lost Sellers films to be screened Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:59:52 GMT
- Two rare films from Peter Sellers' early career will be shown in public for the first time in 50 years, at the 2014 Southend Film Festival.
- Satellite detects Antarctic ice loss Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:55:31 GMT
- West Antarctica continues to lose ice to the ocean and this loss appears to be accelerating, according to new data from Europe's Cryosat spacecraft.
- Dinosaur impact 'sent life to Mars' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:30:03 GMT
- The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have catapulted life from Earth to Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa, researchers say.
- Grades 'more nature than nurture' Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:01:47 GMT
- Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.
- G8 pledges to beat dementia scourge Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:15:54 GMT
- Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit.
- Napoli 2-0 Arsenal Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:18:07 GMT
- Arsenal qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but have to settle for the runners-up spot in Group F after losing 2-0 to Napoli.
- Barcelona 6-1 Celtic Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:35:56 GMT
- Celtic equal their heaviest European defeat as they lose 6-1 at Barcelona, whose forward Neymar scores a hat-trick.
- Will Mandela's funeral be the biggest in history? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:57:44 GMT
- Few events can have provided quite so much political stardust as the Nelson Mandela memorial service, where 52 presidents paid respects. But is it the biggest funeral?
- Child 'training' book triggers backlash Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:55:17 GMT
- A US pastor's book that advocates whipping children with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But alleged links between the pastor's teachings and the deaths of three children have provoked a growing backlash.
- Brotherhood trial halted in Egypt Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:04:11 GMT
- Egyptian judges for the second time halt the trial of several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, after they refuse to stop disrupting proceedings.
- Unicef: 230m children 'do not exist' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:02:56 GMT
- The UN children's charity, Unicef, says 230m children worldwide have not had their births registered, making them vulnerable to neglect or abuse.
- EU 'must stop paying Gaza officials' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:57:46 GMT
- European auditors say the EU should stop paying the salaries of thousands of Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip who are not going to work.
- Mexico recovers radioactive material Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:04:19 GMT
- A radioactive source, which had been stolen in Mexico last week, is secured by a remote-controlled robot from the field where it was dumped.
- Dutch hostages released in Yemen Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:33:33 GMT
- A Dutch couple freed after six months in captivity in Yemen say they were "treated very well" by their kidnappers, a day after being released.
- US healthcare enrolment 'triples' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:50:05 GMT
- Healthcare websites established under President Obama's health law enrolled twice as many people in November as the month before, the US says.