National / International News

Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:27

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Argentina launches Falklands note

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:26
On the 32nd anniversary of the Argentine invasion, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unveils a new currency note featuring a map of the Falkland Islands.

The New One to seek Aintree victory

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:21
Aintree's Grand National meeting starts on Thursday with The New One seeking compensation for Cheltenham Festival disappointment.

Putin Divorce Final; Ex-Wife Expunged From Kremlin Bio

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:18

The Russian president and Lyudmila, his wife of 30 years, announced in June they intended to end their marriage.

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UK Coal miners face pit closures

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:10
UK Coal could close both its deep mines within two years with the loss of 1,300 jobs as it fights to stave off insolvency.

The science of food and sound

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:06

What's the best sound to pair with wafting coffee smells? What's the right song for the tomato sauce on your pizza? What's most ideal aural ambiance for your milkshake?

Lucy Hooker is a reporter with the BBC. She has been looking into a field called "neurogastronomy," or, in plain terms, "what your brain does when you eat something."  

She points to one study in which scientists gave people a dessert and played different sounds while they were eating. Depending on which sounds were played, a dessert could taste more bitter or more sweet.

Starbucks liked the idea so much, they asked the scientists behind the research to compile a playlist of songs people should listen when drinking coffee at home. Hooker said Starbucks is not the only major company interested in this research.

“Lots of the really big food companies -- Unilever, Nestlé -- have massive research and development units, and they are putting a lot of effort and a lot of focus into seeing how they can use our different senses," said Hooker. "How they can combine the sound a food makes in our mouth, the sound of the packaging, the sight of it, the smell of it."

Hong Kong's fish farms in the sky

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:02
Boom times for Hong Kong's high rise urban fish farms

'Benefits cheat's cold weather cash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:51
A benefits cheat living a life "hard-working taxpayers could only dream of" received cold weather payments during her travels overseas, a court is told.

UK air pollution: How bad is it?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:39
How serious is air pollution in UK compared with elsewhere?

I can fill void left by Tiger - McIlroy

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:30
Ahead of the Masters, Rory McIlroy says he is determined to fill the void left by Tiger Woods' injury-enforced absence.

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:24

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

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Electric cars 'must make more noise'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:22
Electric and hybrid cars will have to generate noise to make them safer for pedestrians, especially the visually impaired, the European Parliament says.

VIDEO: Microsoft launches answer to Siri

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:19
Microsoft showcases a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones.

Clifford's daughter denies claims

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:15
Max Clifford's daughter tells a court that claims she knew about an alleged assault by her father are "completely untrue".

US political donation limits quashed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:13
The US Supreme Court strikes down overall contribution limits for individual political donors, in a major ruling on campaign finance.
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