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Big Data Comes To College

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:38

The exploding field of "learning analytics" raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.

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Factory workers given 'super-thumbs'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:27
Workers at a BMW plant in Germany are given 3D-printed "super-thumbs" to reduce stress on their joints when they are assembling car parts.

Flyover collapses in Brazilian city

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:18
A partly-built flyover collapses on to several vehicles in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing two people.

Day in pictures: 4 July 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:17
24 hours of news photos: 4 July

Abbott's Australia remark draws ire

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:05
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that Australia was "unsettled" before the British arrived.

Harris abuse was 'catastrophic'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:05
A woman abused by Rolf Harris said it destroyed her "childhood innocence", a court hears ahead of the star's sentencing on 12 counts of indecent assault.

'Shot dead' man was actually stabbed

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:04
A man who police said had been shot dead in Birmingham in fact died from stabbing injuries, officers admit.

All-women shortlist row escalates

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:03
A row over an enforced all-women shortlist in the Labour seat being vacated by MP Ann Clwyd escalates as the local party decides to "go on strike".

Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 03:03

Action, singing and lots of fireworks — American movies celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Germany downplay illness concerns

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:59
Joachim Low expects to have a strong squad to choose from for Germany's quarter-final against France despite illness in the camp.

Complaint over Facebook emotion test

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:55
An official complaint has been filed to the US Federal Trade Commission about a Facebook experiment which manipulated the emotional state of users.

Here comes yet another increase in transit fares

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:43

Drivers getting out of town on this Fourth of July weekend will pay the highest gas prices since 2008, but transit riders are also feeling the sting of new rate increases in major cities like Boston, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.

But even with semi-regular fare hikes, transit systems still lose money. Revenue from fares isn’t enough to cover rising costs, like labor, fuel, expanded services, and infrastructure maintenance, even though ridership in 2013 was the highest it's been in nearly six decades. 

“The actual fare rider could be paying half of the rider cost, sometimes two thirds of it,” says Mitchell Moss, director of the NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation.

Nationally, fare revenues covered only 33 percent of the operating cost of all transit systems in 2012, according to the National Transit Database.

But raising fares is tricky.

“When you increase fairs, it tends to discourage ridership,” says Steve Schlickman is with the Urban Transportation Center at University of Illinois at Chicago. “If you increase fares too much, you discourage so much ridership that you really don’t have an increase in revenue.”

It falls to cities and states make their transit systems’ deficits. But the Department of Transportation is warning that without intervention from Congress, a critical source federal funds for many transit and highway projects will run out of money later this summer. 

Here's a look at which cities bring in the most revenue from transit fares per rider, and which cities are planning to hike their fares this summer:

Johansson wins payout from author

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:43
Actress Scarlett Johansson has won a 2,500 euros (£1981) payout over a promiscuous character in a book described by the author as her "doppelganger".

VIDEO: Data reservoir for Wiltshire tunnels

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:42
The mines below Corsham in Wiltshire could create "Europe's largest data reservoir" as part of a new government scheme.

Police investigate Derry Syria link

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:34
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirms it is investigating whether a man from Northern Ireland has travelled to Syria.

Minister backs HS2 top pay plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:32
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin backs plans to pay senior High Speed Two (HS2) staff more than the prime minister.

Wolff hits trouble on F1 debut

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:27
Susie Wolff's historic appearance at the British GP ended after one timed lap following an engine failure in her Williams.

Ditching 'responsibility accepted'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:26
Lawyers representing workers injured in a Super Puma ditching off Fair Isle in 2012 say Airbus Helicopters has accepted responsibility.

Briton in Syria calls UK 'pure evil'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:23
A British man who claims he has been fighting in Syria says he will not return until the "black flag of Islam" is flying over Buckingham Palace.

AUDIO: Why young 'jihadist' left UK to fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 02:23
5 live's Nicky Campbell interviews a young British man who claims to be a jihadist.
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