National / International News

Asia stocks rise after Yellen speech

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 17:10
Asian stocks rise after new Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen pledges "a great deal of continuity" in policy until the US economy improves.

Study shows cities' wildlife impact

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 17:03
A dataset, described as the largest of it kind, assesses the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity levels around the globe.

Community groups secure funding

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:50
Grants from the government-backed Scottish Land Fund are awarded to three community group projects in the Highlands.

Lasers used for meningitis test

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:49
Scientists at Strathclyde University develop a new test to speed up the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.

Qatar scales back ambitions amid financial constraints

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:43
Qatar scales back ambitions amid financial constraints

European Union Moves To Approve U.S. Genetically Modified Corn

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:38

Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. Opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities.

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10 interpretations of who started WW1

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:32
The arguments over who started World War One have raged since the first shots were fired.

VIDEO: Photographing the digital soul

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:30
Photographer Travis Hodges meets his subjects on Twitter and tries to capture their "online personality" in his portraits.

VIDEO: How I recovered The Scream

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:27
How I posed as an art dealer to recover The Scream

African church preaching gospel in US

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:25
The African church spreading 'like Starbucks' in the US

VIDEO: Elephants orphaned by wildlife poaching

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:16
Mark Lowen visits an elephant orphanage in Kenya's Tsavo national park to see the effects of wildlife poaching.

Why are almonds so expensive?

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:15
Almond sales are booming because of their well-advertised health benefits, but could a water shortage in California threaten supply?

How the car industry outlawed crossing the road

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:13
The idea of being fined for crossing the road can bemuse foreign visitors to the US, where jaywalking first became law after a car industry campaign.

VIDEO: 'She is my breast cancer sister'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:12
Palestinian housewife Ibtisam Erekat and Israeli Orthodox Jew Ruth Ebenstein talk about how breast cancer made them close friends.

VIDEO: Checking in for a hotel performance

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:11
The Hotel Plays, by Tennessee Williams, are being performed in bedrooms at a London hotel to give audiences the opportunity to experience what inspired Williams to write them in the first place.

VIDEO: UN concern for people in Homs

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:07
The United Nations says it is "deeply concerned" about the fate of hundreds of men and boys who have been detained by the Syrian authorities after trying to escape from the besieged city of Homs.

Goldfish have longer attention spans than Americans, and the publishing industry knows it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:07

On Friday, Netflix will unveil its second season of House of Cards, and fans are chomping at the bit.

Can you say binge watching, anyone?

But it turns out it's not just TV we want to binge on.

Books, too.

The New York Times published an article that described something called "series publishing." It's not an entirely new concept, but it's a big pivot away from the one-title-per-year model most of the industry has been abiding by for decades.  

Publishers are now rolling out shorter books faster and faster, and Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn says it's largely because we're getting less attentive and more anxious:

"The average American attention span in 2013 was about 8 seconds. The average attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds. And then get this kicker - the average attention of a goldfish is 9 seconds."


More cuts for paper bank statements

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:05
Is there a future for the paper bank statement?

VIDEO: African church spreading Gospel in US

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:02
One of Africa's biggest Christian movements, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is spreading across the United States.

FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:02

This campaign will last for 60 days at FBI field offices, and comes with a reward of up to $10,000 if your help leads to an arrest. The number of these incidents has gone up more than ten times since 2006.

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