National / International News

Supermarkets launch petrol price cut

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:07
Three major UK supermarkets are to cut the prices of petrol and diesel by up to 5p, starting on Tuesday.

Silicon: Imagine life without glass

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:49

For the next installment in the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt's microscopic look at the economy: the silicon revolution.

Not only is silicon one of the major components in computer chips, but it’s also found in your windows, mirrors and wine glasses.

"Silicon is the basis of glass," Rowlatt says. "We think of the silicon revolution being computers. But actually one of the very early technological revolutions was glass."

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

 

A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:46

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.

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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:36

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?

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Boris: Only Tories 'serious' over EU

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:21
Boris Johnson urges the "great conservative family" to unite to defeat Labour at the general election in the wake of two Tory MPs defecting to UKIP.

Spider-bite bug 'like horror film'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:19
A woman has a finger amputated - and is told she was within two hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

VIDEO: 'Funny' parody mash-ups legalised

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:18
Changes to UK law come into force this week allowing people to use copyright material from films, TV shows and songs in order to parody them.

In pictures: Hong Kong stand-off

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:18
Pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protesters stay on streets

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:06
Protests in Hong Kong appear set to continue, as tens of thousands of people camped on the streets defy calls to go home.

Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:05

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."

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Spain court suspends Catalonia vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:48
Spain's Constitutional Court suspends Catalonia's independence referendum, planned for 9 November, after a request by the central government.

'Restraining order' call over killer

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:29
A woman asked police to put a restraining order on her ex-partner just days before she was found strangled, an inquest hears.

After Fire, FAA Orders Review Of Contingency Plans, Security

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:28

On Friday, a contractor intentionally set fire to an FAA air traffic facility that has caused flight delays and cancellations for days.

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More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:12

How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention.

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This is a generic brand video

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:10

It's the ad that comes before the YouTube video you're trying to watch: a hopeful message from a company trying to sell you on its brand and outlook, usually with no shortage of inspirational imagery and plenty of metaphors.

Kendra Eash captured the language and tone brands use in a piece for McSweeneys.

Listen to the story in the player above with an active imagination (or watch the video) to see what she's talking about.

'Breaking Bad' and Albuquerque: One year later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:06

AMC's critically acclaimed series "Breaking Bad," created by Vince Gilligan, ran its very last episode one year ago. The show takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and although production has stopped, the town continues to experience an economic boom. Even tourism rates grew exponentially.

In 2013, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed what was called the "Breaking Bad bill" into law, a film incentive that increases subsidies for television crews from 25 percent to 30 percent in some areas of expenditure. The law increases New Mexico's rebate for series television production to 30 percent of a producer's total qualified spend in the state.

"We actually see people that will come here specifically to go and see the sites," says Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry. "I have been as far as Beijing where people have asked me about 'Breaking Bad,' so, yeah, it surely has put us on the map internationally."

Another positive outcome was the number of jobs the show produced. Actors and television producers weren’t the only ones to benefit job-wise from filming, Berry says.

"It’s electricians, the lumber yard selling lumber, and it is craft, and it is the local places that rent their businesses out to film," says Berry. "It really hits our economy from top to bottom."

"Breaking Bad" has a spinoff show called "Better Call Saul," also created by Gilligan, and also set in Albuquerque. It is scheduled to premiere in February 2015.

The show has already been picked up for a second season.

 "When 'Breaking Bad' filmed here, almost $70 million came into our economy," says Berry. "We think that 'Better Call Saul' is going to be another great opportunity for us."

VIDEO: The battle to protect gates of Baghdad

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:50
Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, have been involved in fierce fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in a town west of Baghdad.

Is that Thai food genuine? Ask a robot.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:36

This story, found in the pages of the New York Times, when you think about it, is a thing of pure genius.

Scientists in Thailand are set to unveil a robot that will be able to tell whether Thai food is actually genuine Thai food.

Proper proportions, the right taste — you get the idea.

The possibilities, honestly, are endless...testing Mexican food, Chinese, Indian.

Of course, it's entirely possible we Americans have just come to prefer "fake" ethnic food.

VIDEO: Police called over Ryder Cup flag

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:36
Police were called to investigate a complaint about a European flag flying in Rory McIlroy's home town of Holywood during the Ryder Cup.
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