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U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:44

The two teams will meet Wednesday in an early round game, but they have an intense rivalry that has often turned to heated clashes on the ice. The players are neither embarrassed nor proud of the fighting, but, yes, it could happen again.

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With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:31

Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car air bags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.

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With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:31

Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car airbags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.

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A film legend's dramatic escape from the Nazis

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:30
He is one of British cinema's most acclaimed cinematographers, but in 1939 Douglas Slocombe's efforts to film the German invasion of Poland forced him to make a dramatic escape.

Tesla's 'fair price' China strategy - will it work?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:25

There’s a reason the big automakers charge as much as they possibly can in China for their top end models: China’s rich are always willing to spend more.

"From the point of view of having something everybody knows is expensive, as a means to show you’ve made it," says Michael Laske, CEO of the vehicle testing company AVL China, "I think people are more inclined to want to spend higher prices."

But Tesla announced the price of its Model S electric car in China will only be 50 percent higher than its U.S. price.  That's a far cry from typical pricing behavior by foreign automakers in China, which are known for marking up the price of their high-end vehicles by up to 200 percent.

Tesla says the 50 percent markeup is necessary to account for unavoidable taxes and shipping costs.

"It's kind of a good marketing tool," says Jack Perkowski, founder of JFP holdings. "But they need that because they have some other shortcomings they have to overcome."

Like trying to sell electric vehicles in a market where ‘environmentally conscious’ is largely regarded as a foreign spending habit.

But forget Chinese consumers, says AVL’s Michael Laske. China’s government is the one at the controls of the economy, and it wants more electric vehicles on China's expanding network of expressways.

"I think the Chinese government strategy is to try be a market leader in the electrification area," says Laske, "So any company that comes in and supports this approach I think will be welcomed."

Laske says Chinese automakers are five years behind their foreign counterparts in internal combustion engine technology, and the government would prefer to leapfrog over gas guzzler,s and focus their energies on developing innovative electric vehicles - a smart choice, given China's big supply of rare earth metals like lithium, which is used to make batteries for electric cars.

Tesla plans to open operations in a dozen Chinese cities, and expects to achieve a third of its overall growth from China by the end of this year.  It's an ambitious goal for a newcomer, but one that Laske thinks is reachable. After all, Tesla only sold around twenty thousand cars last year, and China now has more than a million millionaires – many of them looking for the newest flashy sports car.

Sellafield costs rise 'astonishing'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:16
The estimated cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria has risen by almost £2.5bn in a year, a report says.

VIDEO: EU rules on child drugs 'cost lives'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 00:06
EU rules must be changed to allow more testing of potentially life-saving cancer drugs on children, says Institute of Cancer Research.

US envoy set to meet Narendra Modi

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:58
The US ambassador to India is to meet controversial Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in what is seen as a major shift in the US stance.

Power station output 'could double'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:31
The output of the Cruachan hydro electric power station in Argyll could be more than doubled under plans revealed by Scottish Power.

Top marks for Ceredigion's education

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:16
The standard of schools in Ceredigion is classed as excellent by inspectors, the only council in Wales to receive the highest rating.

VIDEO: Family photo for Oscars nominees

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:12
This year's Oscar nominees gather for the traditional family photo in Beverley Hills.

VIDEO: Child diagnosed with polio in Kabul

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:11
The Afghan capital, Kabul, has recorded its first case of polio since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

DoE reject council's dog dirt plans

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 23:07
A plan to fine dog owners in Belfast who fail to carry bags or other means to clean up after their pet is rejected by the Department of the Environment.

Goulding up for Brit video prize

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 22:48
Singer Ellie Goulding features in two of the five nominees for the newly resurrected Brit for best British video, to be decided by a live vote on the night of this year's awards.

California Given 2 More Years To Reduce Prison Numbers

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 22:23

Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap. It's the latest step in a long-running lawsuit aimed at improving inmate medical care.

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NI 'had worst recession in UK'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 22:19
Northern Ireland suffered the steepest fall in living standards during the recession, compared to all other regions of the UK, a new report suggests.

Call to give more help to veterans

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 22:03
More must be done to help those who leave the armed forces, after a short career, to move back into civilian life, a report is expected to say.

Flood concern and neknomination fear

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 21:41
Tuesday's papers report more flood misery, the ban on smoking in cars carrying children and the first UK deaths said to be from the neknomination fad.

Alcott - skiing's 'bionic' woman

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 21:20
Alpine skier Chemmy Alcott hopes to aid British success at Sochi after "one of the toughest challenges" of her life just to get there

Myanma Air signs nearly $1bn deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 20:50
Burma's national carrier signs a nearly $1bn (£584m) deal to lease 10 new Boeing 737 jets as it looks to revamp and expand its ageing fleet.

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