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French Highway Heist: Armed Thieves Take Millions In Jewels

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:45

Police say two armored trucks carrying jewels and other items worth some $9.5 million were seized last night by heavily armed attackers on the highway between Paris and Lyon.

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Drones have still got a long way to go

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:30

Could drones solve some of Africa’s infrastructure problems? Afrotech, a Swiss company, seems to think so.

Transporting smaller cargo through the skies via drones, for instance, could be cheaper than investing in railways or roads right away.  So starting next year the company will test cargo drones that can carry small packages across 50 miles.

The idea isn’t that unusual, says Matthew Wall, a technology and business reporter for BBC who's covering Afrotech. “There are already these quadcopter drones ... These are these helicopter-style drones which can carry small packages.”

They can also be programmed to pick up small packages, he added.

But, it would take a while for this to happen over long distances. For one, we don’t have the battery technology to power drones for more than 50 miles. And the drones themselves aren’t strong or light enough to transport most cargo.

“That’s going to take some ten years at least I think before we see these things across the skies,” said Wall.

The Teenage Brain: Spock Vs. Captain Kirk

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:23

Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news is: It's kinda deserved. The good news is: Every teen brain comes equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe.

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2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:41

The men were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant. They have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:41

The men were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant. They have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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