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End election deposits, says watchdog

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:10
The £500 deposit required to stand in a general election should be scrapped as it is an "unreasonable" barrier for potential candidates, the Electoral Commission says.

VIDEO: Rival protests on Dresden streets

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:09
Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) have marched through Dresden.

MPs to press for Iraq report debate

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:07
A cross-party group of MPs calls for a Commons debate so they can push for publication of the long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq war.

The goats fighting America's plant invasion

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:00
Eating-machines enjoying a US smorgasbord of invasive plants

VIDEO: China censors period drama cleavage

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 14:57
China's most popular television drama has been re-edited to get rid of the plunging necklines featured in the show.

VIDEO: Mercedes boss: Car as smartphone on wheels

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 14:41
Samira Hussein speaks to Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz about autonomous vehicles, and cars becoming smartphones on wheels.

'Smart' devices used to hunt for water leaks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 14:32

Trillions of gallons of water are lost to leakage and bursts from pipeline utilities worldwide each year.

Amanda Little wrote a feature about the conservation efforts of one man, Amir Peleg, for Bloomberg Businessweek. Peleg is an entrepreneur who started TaKaDu, a water network management company that tracks leaks in pipes using data collected by sensors.

Little points out that the U.S. probably won’t be implementing anything like this for a while. “Utilities have very little incentive to implant these smart sensors in their networks and sort of absorb the costs of that,” she says.

TaKaDu primarily works with desert countries, or countries that have been experiencing drought conditions for decades. In those places, their pricing structures penalize water use. This differs from water use in the United States, which Peleg refers to as “all-you-can-eat water.”

Little describes a difference in attitude towards water: “There has been this consciousness in Israel and actually much of the world, that water is a life-or-death issue. It is the wellspring of their economy, and for that matter, their national security. Wars have been fought around water for thousands of years. In the U.S., we’re really only just beginning to develop this sort of consciousness around water.”

“This is a story about technology and a technological shift but it’s really a story about a changing of consciousness,” she says.

Quick facts about water:  

  • 8.6 trillion gallons of water worldwide are lost to leaks each year.
  • For every $1 spent on reducing water leaks, $5 worth of water can be saved.
  • 30-35 percent of water pumped through the pipelines of utilities worldwide is lost to leaks and bursts.

You can read Amanda Little’s piece, Israel’s Water Ninja, in its entirety online.

One man's water technology watershed moment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 14:32

Trillions of gallons of water are lost to leakage and bursts from pipeline utilities worldwide each year.

Amanda Little wrote a feature about the conservation efforts of one man, Amir Peleg, for Bloomberg Businessweek. Peleg is an entrepreneur who started TaKaDu, a water network management company that tracks leaks in pipes using data collected by sensors.

Little points out that the U.S. probably won’t be implementing anything like this for a while. “Utilities have very little incentive to implant these smart sensors in their networks and sort of absorb the costs of that,” she says.

TaKaDu primarily works with desert countries, or countries that have been in drought conditions for decades. In those places, their pricing structures penalize water use. This differs from water use in the United States, which Peleg refers to as “all-you-can-eat water.”

Little describes a difference in attitude towards water: “There has been this consciousness in Israel and actually much of the world, that water is a life or death issue. It is the wellspring of their economy, and for that matter, their national security. Wars have been fought around water for thousands of years. In the US, we’re really only just beginning to develop this sort of consciousness around water.”

“This is a story about technology and a technological shift but it’s really a story about a changing of consciousness,” she says.

Quick facts about water:  

  • 8.6 trillion gallons of water worldwide are lost to leaks each year
  • For every $1 spent on reducing water leaks, $5 worth of water can be saved
  • 30-35 percent of water pumped through the pipelines of utilities worldwide is lost to leaks and bursts

You can read Amanda Little’s piece, Israel’s Water Ninja, in its entirety online.

The Story Behind '40 Acres and a Mule'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 14:02

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders asked their men how they could help the thousands of newly freed slaves.

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Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:47

If your New Year's resolutions to eat better haven't panned out yet, consider intermittent fasting. It's gaining traction among dieters and researchers for its benefits beyond just weight loss.

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Organizers Of Anti-Islam Rally In Germany Commemorate Paris Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:46

The protest in Dresden drew about 25,000 people who are against what they see as the "Islamization of Europe." Their rally was met by counterdemonstrations.

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VIDEO: Afghan fears over growth of IS

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:40
The first concrete evidence has emerged of attempts to recruit fighters in Afghanistan for the so-called Islamic State (IS).

VIDEO: China's drinking binge

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:38
Fears over new online drinking game going viral

VIDEO: Goal 'could help boost women's game'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:31
Stephanie Roche, who came second in Fifa's goal of the year award, says she hopes her goal will help change perceptions of women's football.

Obama unveils cybersecurity proposals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:30

President Obama announced a series of cybersecurity proposals Monday, in advance of the State of the Union address. He wants to require companies to notify consumers of a data breach within 30 days, and he says more companies will soon provide free credit scores. Those plans only address what happens after a breach, though. Are companies learning from the hacks at Target, Sony and Home Depot?

President proposes rules for companies hit by breaches

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:30

President Obama announced a series of cybersecurity proposals Monday, ahead of the State of the Union address. He wants to require companies to notify consumers of a data breach within 30 days, and he says more companies will soon provide free credit scores. Those plans only address what happens after a breach, though. Are companies learning from the hacks at Target, Sony and Home Depot?

Lovin' the McDonald's ad – and hatin' it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:30

A new ad from McDonald's that aired during the Golden Globes is getting almost as much buzz on Twitter as a celebrity’s red carpet outfit. Reactions range from lovin' it: I think the @McDonalds spot that aired during the #GoldenGIobes2015 is the most human the brand has ever felt. Not bad for fast food. — Miranda Lemon (@lemonmira) January 12, 2015 To those who make the ad seem like a McDisaster: @McDonalds I just threw up in my mouth watching your commercial during the #GoldenGlobes. Desperate attempt to rescue your image. Blech! — Jessica Boaman (@JessicaBoaman) January 12, 2015 Against a musical backdrop of kids singing, the ad shows local franchises using their signs to support their communities — including "We remember 9/11" and "Keep jobs in Toledo." The chain also has a blog telling the stories behind each marquee. It's unclear if the company's portrayal of itself as a community-builder will be enough to strengthen its ailing brand. The whole thing has us wondering... what's the sign say at the McDonald's where you live? Is it more "Happy 30th Ed and Beth" or "Over 99 billion served"? Let us know on Facebook.

Lovin' the McDonald's Ad?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:30

A new ad from McDonald's that aired during the Golden Globes is getting almost as much buzz on Twitter as a celebrity’s red carpet outfit. Reactions range from lovin' it: I think the @McDonalds spot that aired during the #GoldenGIobes2015 is the most human the brand has ever felt. Not bad for fast food. — Miranda Lemon (@lemonmira) January 12, 2015 To those that make the ad seem like a McDisaster: @McDonalds I just threw up in my mouth watching your commercial during the #GoldenGlobes. Desperate attempt to rescue your image. Blech! — Jessica Boaman (@JessicaBoaman) January 12, 2015 Against a musical backdrop of kids singing, the ad shows local franchises using their signs to support their communities — everything from "We remember 9/11" to "Keep jobs in Toledo." The chain even has a blog telling the stories behind each marquee. It's unclear if the company's portrayal of itself as a community-builder will be enough to strengthen its ailing brand. The whole thing has us wondering... what's the sign say at the McDonald's where you live? Is it more "Happy 30th Ed and Beth" or "Over 99 billion served"? Let us know on Facebook.

New Charlie Hebdo to depict Muhammad

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:28
The cover of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine features an illustration of the Prophet Muhammad, below the words "all is forgiven".

Birmingham reacts to 'Muslim-only' gaffe

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-12 13:19
Birmingham reacts to 'Muslim only' gaffe

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