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The PoW who built a $180m business

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:28
The US prisoner of war who built a $180m company

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:25
Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

VIDEO: Mexico's earthquake 'moles'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:21
The aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake saw the founding of the elite rescue group Los Topos or 'The Moles'

Golding Flies classic marks 60 years

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:19
Why Lord of the Flies holds true 60 years on

The freedivers who swim with whales

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:16
The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:16
BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

How do jobs fit into the referendum debate?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:11
How do jobs fit into the referendum debate?

Wenger urges patience over Welbeck

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:07
Boss Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must "be patient" with Danny Welbeck after his costly miss at Borussia Dortmund.

Chief executives face pay overhaul

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:06
Bosses of UK listed companies could see their pay packages overhauled under new rules from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

VIDEO: Nasa announces manned space missions

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:00
The US space agency Nasa has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build a new generation of spaceships to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Tidal turbine firm signs power deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:54
The developers of a tidal energy scheme in the Pentland Firth sign a deal to sell electricity generated by the project.

Pennsylvania police 'killer' named

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:49
Pennsylvania State Police identify a suspect in the killing of one state trooper and the wounding of another on Friday.

Gutierrez having cancer treatment

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:30
Newcastle and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he had a testicle removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

VIDEO: US 'would consider Iraq ground troops'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:25
US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State (IS) militants if the current US-led strategy fails, top US General Martin Dempsey has said.

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:08
The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

You're invited: Come chat about #studentdata

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-16 13:52

Since “The Quantified Student” went up yesterday, we have been overwhelmed by the response.

Now, we want to take the conversation deeper, and hear from educators in the community. That means you!

What: Marketplace is  running a series on student data – how it’s gatheredhow it’s used, and, most important, how it is protected.   

Where: We’re hosting a Twitter chat.

When: Thursday (9/18) from 5-6 p.m. PST

Why: Marketplace is  running a series on student data – how it’s gatheredhow it’s used, and, most important, how it is protected

Who: Our handles are @LearningCurveEd@adrienehill (the reporter behind all of this), and @Ariana_Tobin.

How: The hashtag is #studentdata

Even if you can’t make it, we’d still love to hear your feedback before and after – what points you think it’s important for the education community to discuss?

Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 13:52

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

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How the tough economy changes young people's lives

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-16 13:50

Young adults face economic challenges their elders never had to contend with.

Unemployment hovers near 20 percent  for 16-19-year-olds. That's higher  than it was before the recession, and student debt loads continue to mount.  Salaries, meanwhile, are lower in real terms for many entry-level jobs than they used to be.

This is causing the so-called "Millennials" (born between 1980 and 2000) to postpone a host of life-cycle and financial decisions, says Paul Taylor, senior fellow at the Pew Research Center, and author of the new book “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.”

“Looking at some of the traditional milestones of adulthood—getting a job, finding a partner, getting married, having children, buying a house, buying a car,” said Taylor, “every one of those milestones is happening later in life for this generation of young adults.”

Pew recently published a paper showing that compared to their parents and grandparents, today’s young adults are less mobile—they’re hesitant to move out of state for jobs or relationships. And they live with roommates, or with mom and dad and other extended family members more too.

“A lot of this... change,” said Taylor, “is driven by the 20-somethings, and now even the 30-somethings, who are still living with mom and dad because he or she hasn’t found a marital partner, is having trouble getting jobs, maybe is getting an internship or maybe is a barista.”

It’s often described pejoratively as a generation that has “failed to launch,” said Taylor. But Pew’s research shows that parents, and Millennials themselves, don’t necessarily see it that way.

“Look, if there aren’t any jobs out there,” said Taylor, “hanging out with mom and dad isn’t a bad deal, the refrigerator’s usually stocked and you don’t have to put coins in the washing machine. And the generations actually get along pretty well.”

Of course, that’s not always true. Lucas Cook is in his early twenties, and recently moved out of his parents’ home in suburban Portland, Oregon, into with friends. He lived at home while he went to a local college and stayed there after he graduated.

He calls his new roommate-living arrangement: “A music and meditation pad. It’s super-nice, it feels like a new level of freedom.” And what was living at home like? “Super-intense. My parents have very different ideals than I do. And so it was a process of coming away from them ideologically while still being in their house, and that was really stressful.”

Cook plays conga drums and he’s started playing gigs, helping him to move out on his own.

Justine Pope is 28, and she is just now moving into her own place after living with her parents and roommates since college. Pope has held down three of four jobs simultaneously through the recession—law firm assistant, yoga teacher, gardener—and never made much more than $25,000 per year.

“How I live right now is pretty month to month, and I’m fine, I’m not ever struggling, I always make my rent,” said Pope. “But I’m not increasing from there. I don’t have savings, I don’t have a retirement.”

She said buying a home would be “unimaginable to me. When my mom was my age, she had had her first kid, they were on their way to buying a home. And I feel the life that I’m living now, while very happy, is not setting me up for a comfortable middle-aged lifestyle. I really hope to be a stable middle-aged person.”

Bill Emmons, senior economic advisor at the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, thinks many in Pope's and Cook’s generation will eventually catch up with the major financial life-decisions they’ve delayed--primarily, he thinks, because of the bad economy.

“Life expectancies keep rising and by the time Millennials reach their fifties and sixties, they may be looking at another 10 or 15 years of work,” said Emmons. “Maybe everything could be extended. There are some limits on that—childbearing can’t be delayed forever. But buying a house can.”

But other scholars, including Paul Taylor at Pew, think the pattern of young people not making these traditional life-cycle moves could be long-lasting—a reflection of the changing culture, not just the bad economy Millennials have come of age in.

Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 13:49
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 13:48
A late Steven Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool a dramatic victory after Mario Balotelli scores his first goal for the club.
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