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Living materials could grow products

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:42
Bacterial biofilms with "smart" properties could be the basis of greener manufacturing, scientists say.

George Soros: U.S. could tap oil reserves to punish Russia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:32

The U.S has yet to use a weapon in its economic arsenal in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. The administration could release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, in a bid to reduce global oil prices and damage the Russian economy, says billionaire investor George Soros -- though he hopes it doesn't come to that.

"The strongest deterrent is in the hands of the United States because it can release oil from the strategic oil reserve," Soros says, "which would then reduce the price of oil and that would ruin the Russian economy, which lives on oil."

In an interview to promote his new book, "The Tragedy of the European Union", Soros told Marketplace that the sanctions the West is imposing on Russian oligarchs could be counter-productive. 

"The Russian economy is very weak because  the oligarchs who run the country don't trust it and they send their money abroad," Soros says. "So if you stop the inflow of funds, that will bring the Russian economy to its knees."

He says when Russian investors and oligarchs take their assets out of the country, it helps weaken the Russian economy. The sanctions, which impede the flow of money out of Russia for targeted individuals, may actually benefit Russian president Vladimir Putin's attempts to bolster his country's economy.

Soros says the U.S. and Europe need to back Ukraine's position in this dispute, rather than punish Russia.

"Ukraine is determined to reform, but it needs protection," he says. 

Soros, who worries about the state of Europe and the European Union in his book , points to the crisis in Ukraine as an example of why the world needs a strong Europe.

"It was the euro crisis that transformed this voluntary association of equals into a creditor-debtor relationship," Soros says. "And because of this transformation, we have now reached a state where you are going to have one political crisis after another."

Man charged with hotel stab murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:31
A man is charged with the murder of Amandeep Kaur Hothi who was found dead at Wolverhampton's Britannia Hotel on 6 March.

Is water fluoridation the next big thing?

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:28
Is water fluoridation the next big thing?

Abbott vows to solve plane 'riddle'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:25
PM Tony Abbott says Australia is "throwing everything we have" at the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, as weather improves.

Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:18
Sherlock and Star Trek actor Benedict Cumberbatch is to play Hamlet on stage at the Barbican in London next year.

'More women' on UK company boards

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:01
A "culture change" has taken place at top UK companies, with more women getting boardroom positions, a report says.

Overhaul of emergency NHS targets

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:55
A major overhaul of the way ambulance service and A&E department performance in Wales is monitored and measured will be trialled next month.

Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:54
How they measure up ahead of EU debate

From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:39

Columbus, New Mexico, has a rich border history. Pancho Villa stormed across in 1916. Today, kids on the Mexico side take a bus — driven by the Columbus mayor — across the border to go to school.

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Ofsted finds child-neglect failings

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:36
The extent of child neglect is not fully understood by the authorities charged with its prevention, according to a report by Ofsted.

How To Meet Your Congressman

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:30

Arranging face-time with members of Congress and their staffs is such a challenge that businesses in Washington exist to do nothing other than try to schedule meetings.

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In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:22

It's enough to leave you crying in your margarita: Lime prices are so high these days that in Mexico, organized gangs have even started stealing the fruit. Prices are no better stateside.

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Truckin': Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:21

California's severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can't make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.

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Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:15

With little fanfare, President Obama is expected to sign a bill that marks the first legislative step toward undoing the Watergate-era presidential public financing program.

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'Pedestrian. Predictable. Man Utd were a mess'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 23:01
A tactically bankrupt David Moyes cannot afford many more nights like that as Manchester United manager, says Phil McNulty

Rival firm for £25bn Severn Barrage

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 22:56
The chief executive of a firm wanting to build a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary has quit to set up a rival company, BBC Wales learns.

England must blunt Malinga - Agnew

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 22:29
England must deal with Lasith Malinga and beat Sri Lanka to get their World T20 campaign back on track, says Jonathan Agnew

PSNI rehiring 'not value for money'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 22:21
The PSNI failed to demonstrate that rehiring hundreds of retired RUC officers on temporary contracts was value for money, says the assembly's spending watchdog.

Pill promiscuity fear and police shredding - papers

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 22:05
Some papers focus on the relaxation of guidance on the sale of the morning-after pill, while others report the Met Police chief's comments on the shredding of documents.

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