National / International News

Pope Francis marks one year at Vatican

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:17
The new head of the Catholic Church has already left his mark

Hints of deep Earth's blue rocks

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:16
Minerals preserved in diamond have revealed hints of the bright blue rocks that exist deep within the Earth.

Plight of Jewish 'chained women'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:13
The plight of Jewish wives who cannot get a divorce

'Love hormone' may treat anorexia

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:13
A hormone released during childbirth and sex could be used as a treatment for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, scientists suggest.

VIDEO: Shadow dancing and more arts stories

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:13
US dance troupe Pilobolus plays with light and shadow for an innovative show in London, a retrospective of Henri Cartier-Bresson's iconic photographs in Paris - and more from the world of arts.

Adult social care 'under pressure'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:12
Adult social care in England is under increasing pressure and the government has "no idea" how long the system can cope, an inquiry finds.

Students urged to seek online advice

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:11
Students around the UK are offered a "virtual" online advice service to deal with issues that are worrying them.

Enjoying a stroke and a grunt at 182

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 17:04
A tortoise who may be the oldest creature on land

VIDEO: The beauty of scars

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:58
Model veterans of breast cancer and war

The Moomins in love and war

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:58
The grown-up lives of Tove Jansson's children's book heroes

Three die in new Venezuela protests

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:38
Three people are killed in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia, as marches mark one month since the current protest movement began.

VIDEO: How a pilot deals with an emergency

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:36
Commercial Boeing pilot Captain Philip Ryddell explains how pilots deal with an emergency and gives his thoughts on what could have happened to flight MH370.

'Huge' rise in council tax arrears

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:35
The charity StepChange reports a 77% rise in the number of households wanting help with council tax arrears.

Budget 2014: Who wants what?

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:17
A wish list for this year's Budget

Athletes swap sport for business

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:12
Former athletes swap sports for business

Give more aid to Myanmar, say MPs

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:10
The UK government should raise its annual aid to Myanmar from £60m to £100m to help the country reform, despite concerns over human rights, MPs recommend.

Cyber-security lessons for UK schools

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:09
Children as young as 11 would be taught about careers in cyber-security, under new UK-wide plans.

Vodafone comes last in mobile tests

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 16:06
EE comes top while Vodafone ranks last in most categories in a comprehensive study of UK mobile networks.

Caffeine: America's addictive drug of choice

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-12 15:58

There’s a good chance that, while you’re reading this, you’re "under the influence of a drug." And "it’s completely legal, it’s completely socially acceptable, most Americans take this drug daily, even most adolescents take the drug daily, in smaller doses," says Murray Carpenter, author of  “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks us.

The drug is, of course, caffeine. It’s most often associated with coffee, but you can find caffeine in tea, soda pop, chocolate, and, of course, energy drinks.

From the coffee counter in back, to walls lined with coolers full of sodas, to the five-hour energy shots crammed near the cash register, "Corner stores are monuments to our lust for caffeine," says Carpenter.

The soft drink industry is a $70 billion industry  and Carpenter estimates that coffee is another $30 billion.

“It’s a huge business,” he says.

And that’s because the effect caffeine has on us isn’t too different from nicotine. We reach for a daily cup of coffee or can of soda because we’re addicted.

“I think that they consistently downplay the importance of caffeine in their products, in terms of how appealing it makes the products to the consumer.”
 
While the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the effects of caffeine -- and the trend of adding caffeine to foods not normally associated with caffeine (like gum) -- even Carpenter says he still reaches for a daily up of caffeinated coffee: “I’m not crazy about decaf.”

McCoist praises title-winning players

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 15:46
Manager Ally McCoist heaps praise on his squad after Rangers become League One champions with eight games of the campaign still remaining.

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