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"Only those books come down which deserve to last. All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist

 

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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:21:42 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:11:29 GMT
Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media. 
VIDEO: Louvre rat infestation shocks tourists  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:40:19 GMT
The Louvre in Paris has called in pest controllers after an infestation of rats was spotted in the gallery's gardens. 
VIDEO: Star Wars comes to County Kerry  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:06 GMT
Residents and tourists in Portmagee, County Kerry, are getting a taste of Hollywood as scenes for the new Star Wars film are shot on nearby island Skellig Michael. 
VIDEO: The challenge of tackling Ebola  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:50:15 GMT
Scientists have been aware of Ebola since the mid-1970s, but so far no vaccine or cure has been developed. 
'Tolkien's tree' to get the chop  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:19:03 GMT
A 215-year-old tree thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien during the author's time in Oxford is to be chopped down after two of its branches fell off. 
Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:21 GMT
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal. 
Euro prices deeper in 'danger zone'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:27 GMT
The eurozone inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis, sliding further into what the European Central Bank describes as a "danger zone". 
VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:32:06 GMT
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News. 
Tor attack may have unmasked users  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:16:19 GMT
Users of the "dark net" service Tor who visited hidden websites may have had their identities revealed by a five-month long cyber-attack. 
Broken robots 'learn to keep going'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:08:19 GMT
Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. 
Kylie to headline Games closing show  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:56:40 GMT
Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, organisers confirm. 
US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:54:17 GMT
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90. 
Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:14:50 GMT
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals. 
Minister wants UK animal tests ban  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:21 GMT
Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants a total ban on them.