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Remove Cook as captain - Vaughan

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:11
Alastair Cook should be removed as England captain and replaced by Eoin Morgan, says former skipper Michael Vaughan.

Birmingham named as HS2 headquarters

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:10
The headquarters for construction of the HS2 rail line is to be based in Birmingham, it is revealed.

Cannibalism case nurse found guilty

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:04
A nurse who fantasised about killing and eating a teenage girl is convicted of trying to meet a girl through sexual grooming.

Philip Clarke feels 'enormous relief' as he quits Tesco

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:03
Philip Clarke feels 'enormous relief' as he quits Tesco

Design: where dollars are scarce and need is great

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:00

In a Stanford classroom crowded with Post-it notes and duct tape, Dr. Shankar Rai, a plastic surgeon from Nepal, is wearing a hand splint made out of Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners. He’s giving feedback on a prototype made by graduate students in a class called "Design for Extreme Affordability". Currently, the only splints available in Nepal cost upwards of $50. The students are aiming to do better.

Here in the U.S., we’ve got asthma inhalers at every doctor’s office, baby incubators at every hospital, and irrigation systems at most every farm that needs one. But in some places in the developing world, many of these technologies are just too expensive to use. American design schools are trying to change that by teaming up with NGOs around the world to get truly affordable products to market.

Rai works with the non-profit Resurge International to improve care for burn victims in Nepal. One of his main problems is the cost of supplies for the operating room: If a patient shows up at a government hospital, the surgery may be free, but “dressing materials, sutures, all those things will be bought by the family.”

When families can’t afford those supplies, Rai says burns turn into lifelong disabilities. So Resurge submitted a “wish list” to Stanford’s design school. Included on that list is a splint that could be made for less than $10.

“Small non-profits don’t have the luxury of having their own designers and their own R+D  teams,” says Jim Patell, who teaches the design class.

According to Patell, both NGOs and students are trying out ideas others might see as too risky. When publicly-traded companies come up with new products, they have to decide who their next customers will be: affluent consumers in the West, or people living on a few dollars a day in places like rural Nepal.

They can think about it very deeply,” says Patell, “and find out that, yeah, developing the next product for the Western world is the responsible thing to do for their investors.”

Universities don’t have to answer to investors, and initiatives like Patell’s class have sprouted at schools all over the country.

Amy Smith, who founded the D-Lab at MIT, says student designers sometimes benefit from their lack of expertise:They may come in with a very new way of doing things, because they’re not concerned that it can’t be done that way, and therefore they find a way to do it.”

Failure is part of the process too. And even though his students “get it right” less than half the time, Patell says, Design for Extreme Affordability counts 32 student projects that have found new life as NGOs or even for-profit companies.

Duchess to make solo trip to Malta

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:57
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Malta later this year in her first official overseas trip without Prince William, Kensington Palace confirms.

Evan Davis to present Newsnight

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:52
Evan Davis is to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, the BBC announces.

Gaza conflict: UN urges ceasefire

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:49
The UN Security Council calls for an immediate Gaza ceasefire as the number of Palestinians killed during Israel's military operation passes 500.

VIDEO: BBC witnesses 'panic' near Donetsk

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:48
Fergal Keane reports from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where heavy fighting has been heard and "people are panicking".

Police probe after body found

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:47
Police investigate after a 45-year-old woman's "unexplained" death in a flat in Perth city centre on Saturday.

Technical problems plague BBC sites

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:39
The BBC iPlayer and many other online services were all knocked out by technical problems over the weekend.

VIDEO: BBC on ground in Gaza as rockets fly

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:07
Paul Adams reports from the almost deserted streets of Sha'af in Gaza where rockets are "coming in all the time".

PODCAST: Happy birthday Dodd-Frank

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:00

The Dodd-Frank Act turns four, just in time for strong critiques of its implementation. Plus, more on a new study showing that millennials tend to fear investment, instead opting to save money in cash. Also, in an incongruous pairing, Goldman Sachs will fund an educational program on Rikers Island. It's part of a social impact bond, where investors put money into social programs with the promise of profit if the program meets its goals.

In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire, Kerry Heads To Egypt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:00

The fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 500 people dead. The State Department said it was deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation.

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Was Dale Bolinger a cannibal or creep?

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:51
Did Dale Bolinger really intend to eat a teenager?

VIDEO: The man who owns House of Commons

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:41
Sir Robert Rogers steps down from the role of chief executive of the House of Commons Service after 35 years

Man City striker Negredo breaks foot

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:29
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo will be sidelined for "a few months" after breaking his foot against Hearts.

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines' future questioned

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:25
Analysts are questioning whether Malaysia Airlines can recover from two tragic disasters this year.

Sky buys 70% stake in Bake Off firm

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:15
Sky has bought a 70% stake in the production company behind programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and Benefits Street.

Three dead in two-vehicle crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 02:09
Three people die in a two-vehicle crash near Worksop in Nottinghamshire, police say.
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