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Drones have still got a long way to go

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:30

Could drones solve some of Africa’s infrastructure problems? Afrotech, a Swiss company, seems to think so.

Transporting smaller cargo through the skies via drones, for instance, could be cheaper than investing in railways or roads right away.  So starting next year the company will test cargo drones that can carry small packages across 50 miles.

The idea isn’t that unusual, says Matthew Wall, a technology and business reporter for BBC who's covering Afrotech. “There are already these quadcopter drones ... These are these helicopter-style drones which can carry small packages.”

They can also be programmed to pick up small packages, he added.

But, it would take a while for this to happen over long distances. For one, we don’t have the battery technology to power drones for more than 50 miles. And the drones themselves aren’t strong or light enough to transport most cargo.

“That’s going to take some ten years at least I think before we see these things across the skies,” said Wall.

The Teenage Brain: Spock Vs. Captain Kirk

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:23

Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news is: It's kinda deserved. The good news is: Every teen brain comes equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe.

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TV row gets personal in Commons clash

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:19
Ed Miliband and David Cameron attacks each other's characters in angry Commons exchanges over TV election debates, amid fresh efforts to break the deadlock.

How does the Clarkson petition compare to other appeals?

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:06
How does online petition for him compare to others?

Cleared Berlusconi 'back in politics'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:05
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hails his acquittal by Italy's supreme court on underage sex charges and plans a political comeback.

Euro hits 12-year low against dollar

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:57
The euro has fallen to its lowest level in 12 years against the US dollar after the European Central Bank (ECB) began its bond buying programme.

Councillor 'can do job from the USA'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:51
A Suffolk councillor who is moving to the United States refuses to stand down and says he can do the job from 4,000 miles away.

Day in pictures: 11 March 2015

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:45
Images from around the world: 11 March

Kenyan policeman 'had rhino horn'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:45
A Kenyan police officer and two other suspects appear in court, after they were allegedly found with 600kg of rhino horn.

Lollipop patrols posts face axe

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:42
Up to 15 lollipop men and women could find their posts axed under plans being considered in Pembrokeshire.

2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:41

The men were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant. They have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:41

The men were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant. They have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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Man arrested over Watford fan attack

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:33
An 18-year-old man is arrested over an attack on a Watford fan which left him with serious injuries.

VIDEO: Why has Ireland just legalised meth?

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:25
A loophole means drugs such as ecstasy and crystal meth are legal in Ireland, at least for a few hours. BBC News explains.

Is India the 'new China' in snooker?

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:23
With Bollywood stars attending this week's Indian Open, is snooker about to explode in the country where it was invented?

Saudis recall Sweden ambassador

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:17
Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador in Stockholm amid a diplomatic row over Sweden cutting military ties.

Clarkson petition reaches 300,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:14
An online petition calling for the BBC to "reinstate" suspended Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been signed by more than a 300,000 people.

Scots send Haq home from World Cup

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:10
Scotland bowler Majid Haq is sent home from the Cricket World Cup for breaking the team's internal code of conduct.

Iraqi troops advance in north Tikrit

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:09
Iraqi government forces have retaken a large part of north-eastern Tikrit as they battle IS militants in the city, security officials say.

Hacked Gazza 'scared' to use phone

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 04:06
Former footballer Paul Gascoigne tells the High Court he was "scared to speak to anybody" by phone after his voicemail was hacked by Mirror Group journalists.

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