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VIDEO: Mark Hamill on new Star Wars

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 11:05
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker more than 30 years ago, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.

Brogrammers give up some ground in comp-sci classes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:58

Computer science is still a brogrammer’s world. But efforts to bring more girls and minorities into the field may finally be paying off.

According to the College Board, which administers Advanced Placement tests to high schoolers, the number of girls taking the AP computer science test in 2014 increased by 35.5 percent over last year. For boys, the increase was 24.5 percent.  While the participation for white students grew by 21.6 percent from 2013, the  rates of increase were even larger in other racial categories, including for non-Mexican Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and those who described their race as “other.”

Students who do well enough on the exam earn college credit for the course.

The College Board itself may be partly responsible for the increase. In collaboration with Google, it brought roughly 500 new AP math and science courses to schools with populations that are underrepresented in the STEM fields. One College Board official called the AP results the “first real indication of progress” for girls and minorities in years.

How can tech companies diversify their workforces?

The exam is still dominated by boys, specifically white and Asian ones.  And while the percentage of male test-takers dropped to its lowest level in five years in 2014, overall they still accounted for 80 percent of all students taking the test.

Similarly, while the percentage of white students who took the test dropped to its lowest rate in the last five years, white students still make up 50.4 percent of all test-takers.

The numbers are preliminary; the results of some make-up tests have not yet been recorded, according to Trevor Packer, who runs the AP program at the College Board.

The charts below show  the number of boys and girls who took the test from 2010 to 2014, as well as the increased participation rates by race.  

 

 

 

This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:58

The head-to-toe protective gear is designed to prevent Ebola from infecting health care workers, yet some do contract the disease. It's not the suit's fault. It's likely a case of human error.

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Google quizzed over deleted links

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:56
Watchdogs are told that Google has complied with more than 45,000 requests for links to be erased from its European search results.

VIDEO: Hamas leader: 'Bloodshed should end'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:46
The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has said the group wants a truce as soon as possible, but with a genuine guarantee to lift the eight-year long siege.

U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:46

The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.

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Sinn Féin confident on budget plans

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:45
Sinn Féin says it is now confident agreement can be reached quickly on the latest quarterly budget, known as June monitoring.

Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:38

The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala also called for more aggressive cooperation with the U.S. to curb the violence and poverty they say is driving child migrants to the U.S.

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VIDEO: MH17 crash scene still unsecured

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:34
A week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in Ukraine, the crash site has yet to be secured raising concerns that vital evidence will be lost.

Kai Ryssdal vs. the American Girl Store

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:26

Walk into an American Girl store - any American Girl store - and you'll see different shades of pink. Everywhere. That, and dolls, which cost a minimum of $110. Accessories and services like ear-piercing cost more.

American Girl has been around since the 1980s. Their dolls started out as historical characters, who starred in accompanying books about significant periods in American history. Over the years, the line has expanded to include more contemporary characters.

Jean McKenzie, the woman who runs American Girl for its parent company, Mattel, says parents see the dolls as an investment. "I think they feel good about it because it’s quality and there’s just a lot of meaning behind it.”

She took Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal on a tour of her store, at The Grove in Los Angeles  He's ... well, you should just watch:

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Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:26

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned.

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Kearney secures bronze medal for NI

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:22
NI's Lisa Kearney wins a bronze medal in the -52kg women's judo category after beating Canadian Audree Francis-Methot.

Killers fail to overturn voting ban

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:22
The UK Supreme Court dismisses a bid to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Injured Carroll faces four months out

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:18
West Ham striker Andy Carroll could be out of action for four months after tearing ligaments in his ankle and requiring surgery.

Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:02
England's Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee beats his brother Jonny to gold in the Glasgow 2014 men's triathlon.

Dwarfism boy 'barred from buses'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:55
A boy with a form of dwarfism says he has been barred from buses five times in a fortnight in a row over the bike he uses.

More MH17 bodies leave Ukraine

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:51
Two planes carrying bodies of those killed on board flight MH17 land in the Netherlands, as UK experts start examining data from the two flight recorders.

VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:44
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic.

Ex-boyfriend guilty of Jayden murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:42
The ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson, whose body was found in an Oxfordshire graveyard, is convicted of murder.

MSF allowed to resume Rakhine work

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:35
Myanmar allows Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume work in Rakhine state, where residents have had almost no access to healthcare since the group was ejected in February.
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