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More Hidden Paintings in Books

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‘Spine-tingling’ Beatrix Potter drawings found hidden inside books

Previously unknown drawings by Beatrix Potter have been found during cleaning work at a National Trust property. The four line drawings were found hidden inside books during conservation work at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit … Continue reading

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Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It – By Bill Gates  Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called The Vital Question. I had never heard of the book or its author, … Continue reading

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The 8 books Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks everyone should read

Back in 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the revamped Cosmos, completed a Reddit Ask Me Anything. In-between sharing his thoughts on time travel (not happening, kids, sorry), where in space he’d travel (far enough away to look back at … Continue reading

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Origin of the Eukaryotic cell

“The origin and evolution of eukaryotes” is a tale that has yet to be told. At this point in time, it exists only as the title of a fascinating new compendium that has just been produced by the Cold Spring … Continue reading

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Which way is up?

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This great picture was taken from the International Space Station. Is was snapped by everyone’s favourite astronaut of today, Chris Hadfield. To see more stunning pictures from space you should really have a look a Chris’s new book – You … Continue reading

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Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies


Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says. Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The … Continue reading

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We are a Cosmic Accident


Excerpts from Alan Lightman’s Accidental Universe “On one thing most physicists agree. If the amount of dark energy in our universe were only a little bit different than what it actually is, then life could never have emerged. A little … Continue reading

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17 Equations that changed the world

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By  Ian Stewart

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Here is the latest in Alan Mason‘s personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE FIFTIES This decade was a period of transition in Europe from the bleak austerity of the post-war forties, to the expanding horizons of the sixties. The re-building of Europe’s … Continue reading

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Is truth stranger than fiction? Yes, especially for science fiction

From warp drives to hyperspace, science fiction has continuously borrowed from, and sometimes anticipated, the state of the art in scientific progress. This has resulted in the perception that science and science fiction have a causal relationship, one finding direction … Continue reading

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Alfred Wainwright


Alfred Wainwright (“A.W.”) MBE (17 January 1907 – 20 January 1991) was a British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator. His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, published between 1955 and 1966 and consisting entirely of reproductions of his manuscript, … Continue reading

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This beautifully bound book is actually six different texts in one

Dos-à-dos binding refers to a technique whereby two books are bound at their backs, allowing you to read one book, flip the conjoined pair over, and continue reading the other book. The dos-à-dos book you see here is even more … Continue reading

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How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground

As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city’s subway system, it’s worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth … Continue reading

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Jules Verne is the Second Most Popular Author in the World

Since 1932, UNESCO has maintained a database called the Index Translationum. It is an international bibliography of translations—that is, a list of all the books in the world that have been published in translation. The current list tabulates the cumulative bibliographical … Continue reading

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Higgs boson book wins Winton Prize

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A book telling the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson has won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize. Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll scoops the £25,000 award for his book The Particle at the End of the Universe. His work … Continue reading

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Jane Austen – The Early Years

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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature with her most famous books Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. … Continue reading

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Morrissey opens up in autobiography

Former Smiths singer Morrissey has used his autobiography to criticise the UK legal system and music business; and revealed his first full relationship came with a man when he was in his 30s. The star was scathing about the judges … Continue reading

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Eleanor Catton becomes youngest winner of Man Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has, at the age of 28, become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Her 832-page tale of the 19th-century goldfields is also the longest work to win … Continue reading

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Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Alice Munro Nobel Winner

Canadian author Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Making the announcement, Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called her a “master of the contemporary short story”. The 82-year-old, whose books include Dear Life and Dance of … Continue reading

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