National / International News

VIDEO: Litvinenko image 'used as target'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:49
An inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has been shown a video which appears to show an image of him being used as target practice.

Has Harry Redknapp lost his sparkle?

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:40
Tipped for the England job in 2012 and now out of work... will we ever see Harry Redknapp back in football management?

VIDEO: Can child abusers return to society?

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:36
The BBC's Fergal Keane assesses the current arguments among child protection experts on preventing abuse and reintegrating sex offenders back into society.

Conservative Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says Vaccines Are A Must

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:28

Carson, who is considering a run for president, tells NPR that science has proven the efficacy of vaccines, so "why would you even think about not doing it?"

» E-Mail This

Alberta Premier Says Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:26

Alberta's leader is in Washington to lobby Congress and the administration to push ahead with the controversial pipeline.

» E-Mail This

Disney boosted by Frozen toy sales

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:20
Walt Disney credits the success of toys based on its hit film Frozen and an increase in visitors to its theme parks for an "incredibly strong quarter".

White Potato Redux: Experts Say Spuds Are Not Nutritional Duds

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:19

An expert panel says white potatoes "contribute useful quantities of potassium and fiber" to our diets. Reversing itself, the panel says spuds should be included in WIC, a food aid program.

» E-Mail This

Science Of Vaccines Is Settled — But Politics Are More Complicated

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:18

Should kids get the measles vaccine or should parents be given a choice? Potential 2016 presidential candidates weigh in, and their views are all over the place.

» E-Mail This

EPA Push For Massive Munitions Burn Ignites Opposition In Louisiana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:16

Bayou State residents are upset about the health risks of EPA's plan, while government leaders are running against the clock to dispose of the unsafe and deteriorating artillery propellant.

» E-Mail This

Yo! Sushi founder 'scared' by Labour

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:12
Simon Woodroffe, a former Labour supporter and the founder of restaurant chain Yo! Sushi, tells Newsnight the Labour Party's approach to business "scares" him.

Looking For Even Cheaper Gas? Go Generic At An Indie Station

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:09

The prices that gas stations charge for fuel can vary widely. Smaller, independent stations are able to sell the cheapest gas because they undercut competitors by buying unbranded gasoline.

» E-Mail This

Five books that took decades

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:08
Five other books that took decades to see print

Australia PM faces backbench revolt

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:08
Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a growing backbench rebellion, with three MPs calling for a vote on his leadership.

House Votes To Repeal Affordable Care Act

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:30

The vote was 239-186. The bill would repeal the health care law and direct panels to come up with a replacement. The measure, which is unlikely to pass the Senate, faces a presidential veto threat.

» E-Mail This

Three test negative for bird flu

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:21
Three people test negative for bird flu following an outbreak at a farm in Hampshire, Public Health England (PHE) says.

An aerial map quest, with drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:09

Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver goods or spy on people.

"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses use the maps to help them automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.

"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.

According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped, and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.

And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.

"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to make 3D aerial maps

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:09

Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver stuff or spy on people.

"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses even use the maps so they can automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.

"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.

According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.

And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.

"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.

Fulham 1-3 Sunderland

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:03
Premier League Sunderland come from behind to beat Championship side Fulham and avoid an FA Cup upset.

Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge United

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:56
Manchester United will travel to Preston in the FA Cup fifth round after beating League Two Cambridge United.

Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:52

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.

» E-Mail This

Pages