National / International News

Gala concert to launch Ryder Cup

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:42
A gala concert featuring contemporary and classical music is to welcome the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament to Scotland.

VIDEO: The show that launched the YBAs

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:41
The one show that made Britain's most famous artists

'Excessive' care home fees claim

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:41
Glasgow City Council accuses private care homes of demanding "excessive fees" and thwarting plans aimed at limiting the cost of care.

Sturgeon to run for SNP top job

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:40
Nicola Sturgeon will launch her bid to replace Alex Salmond as SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, making clear she still backs independence.

Demanding justice for Irish abused by nuns

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:39
Demanding justice for thousands abused by Irish nuns

Seattle to fine for food in rubbish

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:30
The Seattle city council votes to fine businesses and residents that waste too much food, in an effort to boost composting and recycling.

VIDEO: The world's first '3D printed band'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:24
Professor Olaf Diegel claims to have formed the worlds first '3D printed band'

Minecraft map of UK adds houses

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:23
More than 83 billion Minecraft blocks have been used to create a digital version of Britain complete with rivers, roads and railway tracks.

How technology is changing disaster relief

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:21
How technology is changing disaster relief

Book restriction 'harms prisoners'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:16
Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting their ability to learn, a charity warns.

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:00

The World Health Organization warns of more than 20,000 cases by early November if help doesn't arrive quickly in West Africa. The CDC projects 1.4 million cases by late January.

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Jessica Chastain's Biblical leap

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:55
How playing Salome changed Jessica Chastain's life

Day out at the gallows and other Victorian photographic oddities

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:40
Forgotten snaps show clowning around and day trips to gallows

Uni boss 'kissed student reps'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:36
A university boss is accused of abusing his power by kissing and embarrassing female colleagues, the BBC understands.

VIDEO: UN adviser on 'alarming climate change'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:34
US economist and UN adviser Jeffrey Sachs has told the BBC he thinks governments are still not working hard enough to take care of climate change.

VIDEO: Henning's wife receives plea for life

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:22
The wife of the British hostage Alan Henning released a statement on Tuesday pleading with the militants who are holding her husband to release him.

Black managers stat shocks Roberts

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 14:19
Former striker Jason Roberts says not enough is being done to employ black managers and claims the situation is getting worse.

Teenager hurt in power line incident

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 13:59
A teenage boy is taken to hospital after being injured in an incident involving overhead lines at a railway crossing in Ayrshire.

General Motors adds insult to injury for Detroit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-23 13:54

General Motors is trying to re-establish the luxury bona fides of the Cadillac brand, by moving Cadillac's global headquarters to New York next year.

High end consumers in a global city – it makes sense. Still, one wonders what Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac – the guy who founded the City of Detroit – would think if he were still around.

NIH gives $10.1 million for gender-balanced research

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-23 13:53

The National Institutes of Health want to end a long-standing bias in biomedical research, towards men. It turns out when researchers do what are called pre-clinical studies, most of the time they’re using male animals and male cells. Today the NIH announced that it has awarded an extra $10 million to help bring more balance into the lab.

Researchers have long preferred male animals and cells, partly because they thought the female menstrual cycle introduced too much variability. That’s not true, says Janine Austin Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH. This additional funding encourages researchers to study both sexes, she says.

“We’re really looking to transform how science is done, and in order for us to do that, we have to help scientists understand the methods and the benefits of studying both sexes,” Clayton says.

By not studying both sexes, Clayton says we may be missing out on discoveries that could help both men and women. One grant will help look at why women have higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease, for example. Other studies will look at sex differences in stroke, lung disease and alcohol abuse.

But is $10 million enough to change science?

“It will hopefully spill over,” says Kathryn Sandberg, director the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease at Georgetown University. Researchers will present their work at meetings, and others may become interested, she says.

“I think it’s a good first step,” Sandberg says.

The money won’t just bring more female subjects into the mix. Sarah D’Orazio, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, has a grant from the NIH to study the immune response in mice to the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The extra $100,000 in supplemental funding will help her buy male mice. Each one costs $24, she says, plus shipping and lodging.

“They’re very well cared for here at the University of Kentucky. So I have, basically, a hotel bill that I have to pay for the mice while they’re here during our experiment,” she says.

D’Orazio says she had done small studies with both males and females in the past.

“We had an observation all along that female mice were much more susceptible to the infection, and we just didn’t really have the funding to follow up on that observation,” D’Orazio says.

If she can prove there is a difference, D’Orazio says she could get more funding to study why and develop treatments to help women.