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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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Picture power: Doused with milk 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT 
    Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.


Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:58 GMT 
    Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.


Nasa emails spanner into space 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:56:57 GMT 
    Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.


Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT 
    Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.


Blackberry in revenue slide 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:23 GMT 
    Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.


Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT 
    The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.


VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:21 GMT 
    BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.


Obama vows response to Sony hack 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:53:36 GMT 
    President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".


Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT 
    Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.


LA River's flood role is 'paramount' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT 
    Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.


Stem cell scandal scientist resigns 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT 
    A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.


Asthma inhalers 'not used properly' 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT 
    Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.


Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:45 GMT 
    One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.


Cook timing naughty, says Harmison 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:31 GMT 
    The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison.


1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Bayern Munich 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:56 GMT 
    Arjen Robben's last-minute winner ensures German leaders Bayern Munich end a successful 2014 with a win at Mainz.
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