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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


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How are cockpit doors locked? 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:13:15 GMT 
    How would the cockpit doors on the crashed Germanwings Airbus have been secured?

Dark matter flits through collisions 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:31:03 GMT 
    A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.

Zayn Malik says 'I've let fans down' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:55:27 GMT 
    The former One Direction star Zayn Malik reveals in his first interview since quitting the boyband that "I've let the fans down".

Japan economy at brink of deflation 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:10:14 GMT 
    Annual core consumer inflation in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, stopped rising for the first time in nearly two years in February.

Airlines change cockpit procedures 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:44:26 GMT 
    Airlines across the world have begun requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, in the wake of the French Alps crash.

Safari users win right to sue 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:25:12 GMT 
    Google loses Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having right to sue in UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings.

PayPal fined for illegal payments 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:53 GMT 
    PayPal agrees a £5.1m payout over allegations it allowed payments from accounts deemed enemies of the state by the US government.

Downton Abbey to end after six series 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:47:49 GMT 
    The next season of ITV's period drama Downton Abbey will be its last, its makers announce.

Oscars producer duo 'moving on' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:14:03 GMT 
    Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have produced the last three Academy Awards, will not be returning for next year's Oscars.

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:47:24 GMT 
    Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to "shocking" Environment Agency figures.

'Cat litter mix' closed nuclear site 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:35:25 GMT 
    A team of experts says a mixture that included organic cat litter forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the US.

Fitness linked to lower cancer risk 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:44:31 GMT 
    Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men, a study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

First Europe non-beating heart swap 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:38:39 GMT 
    Surgeons in Cambridgeshire perform the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

Hamilton left 'heavily compromised' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:50:00 GMT 
    Lewis Hamilton says his preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix have been "heavily compromised" by reliability problems.

Baddeley holes 336-yard shot in Texas 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:47:27 GMT 
    Australia's Aaron Baddeley makes up for a poor tee shot on the 17th with a stunning recovery in San Antonio.
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