National / International News

Snowden: I was a high-tech US spy

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 16:26
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden describes himself as a spy specialising in electronic surveillance, in his first interview with US TV.

Gone Girl author takes on Hamlet

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 16:25
Gillian Flynn, author of the bestseller Gone Girl, is to write a new twist on Hamlet as part of a series to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death.

Gene test for heart risk rolled out

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 16:24
A blood test for a preventable form of heart disease, caused by inherited high cholesterol levels, is being rolled out in the UK.

Interpol seek Ecuador ex-President

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 16:07
Interpol issues an international alert for the former President of Ecuador Jamil Mahuad, who is wanted on charges of embezzlement in his home country.

Fresh Brazil anti-World Cup protests

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 16:02
Police in Brazil use tear gas on anti-World Cup and indigenous demonstrators near the National Stadium in the capital, Brasilia.

Grave find may be early false tooth

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:58
Archaeologists have identified what they say is the earliest dental implant known from Western Europe.

Carphone Warehouse and the art of innovation

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:55
Carphone Warehouse and the art of technological innovation

The silent brand killer

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:54
When a brand's size becomes its death sentence

State Department Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:48

The upgraded travel warning says "various groups" have called for attacks against U.S. personnel in the country.

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VIDEO: 'Fear and panic' in Donetsk

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:31
Ukraine's interior ministry says the military is now in full control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of bloody clashes.

White House Counsel To Look Into Accidental Leak Of CIA Name

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:26

The Obama administration has asked its top lawyer to investigate how the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan showed up on documents distributed to reporters.

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Share your experiences with tech in the classroom...We did!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:14
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The things you can learn about the people you work with….We asked staffers to contribute their classroom- tech memories to LearningCurve’s new tumblr, and the geek-out got underway in no time. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal,  remembered his efforts to blast a Klingon ship in a very early “online” Star Trek game he played in his 9th-grade computer lab..

A teletype machine was hooked up to a modem so old that it actually had a telephone headset on it. The commands and interactions were text-only and would blip by a couple of lines at a time, allowing Kai to boldly go where no man had gone before, but in very slow motion.

Oregon Trail, one of the first video games that was acceptable to play in school, got multiple shout outs (which should tell you something about the age of our staff). Even lower on the education scale: somebody posted a picture of the Nintendo game “Duck Hunt.”  That contributor preferred to remain anonymous . LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill figured out how to hack the scantron machine in her high school, but says she didn’t rig the test results. We’ve got memories of Windows 95, film-strip projectors and JFKs funeral on TV.   You can see our tech memories, and add your own, on our Tumblr page.

Share your experiences with tech in the classroom...We did!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:14
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The things you can learn about the people you work with….We asked staffers to contribute their classroom- tech memories to LearningCurve’s new tumblr, and the geek-out got underway in no time. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal,  remembered his efforts to blast a Klingon ship in a very early “online” Star Trek game he played in his 9th-grade computer lab..

A teletype machine was hooked up to a modem so old that it actually had a telephone headset on it. The commands and interactions were text-only and would blip by a couple of lines at a time, allowing Kai to boldly go where no man had gone before, but in very slow motion.

Oregon Trail, one of the first video games that was acceptable to play in school, got multiple shout outs (which should tell you something about the age of our staff). Even lower on the education scale: somebody posted a picture of the Nintendo game “Duck Hunt.”  That contributor preferred to remain anonymous . LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill figured out how to hack the scantron machine in her high school, but says she didn’t rig the test results. We’ve got memories of Windows 95, film-strip projectors and JFKs funeral on TV.   You can see our tech memories, and add your own, on our Tumblr page.

Share your classroom tech experiences... we did!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:14
.awesome{ background: #222 url(/images/alert-overlay.png) repeat-x; display: inline-block; padding: 5px 10px 6px; color: #fff; text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1; -moz-border-radius: 5px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px #999; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px #999; text-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #222; border-bottom: 1px solid #222; position: relative; cursor: pointer; } .large.awesome { font-size: 14px; padding: 8px 14px 9px; } .blue.awesome { background-color: #2daebf; } Share Your Tech

The things you can learn about the people you work with….We asked staffers to contribute their classroom- tech memories to LearningCurve’s new tumblr, and the geek-out got underway in no time. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal,  remembered his efforts to blast a Klingon ship in a very early “online” Star Trek game he played in his 9th-grade computer lab..

A teletype machine was hooked up to a modem so old that it actually had a telephone headset on it. The commands and interactions were text-only and would blip by a couple of lines at a time, allowing Kai to boldly go where no man had gone before, but in very slow motion.

Oregon Trail, one of the first video games that was acceptable to play in school, got multiple shout outs (which should tell you something about the age of our staff). Even lower on the education scale: somebody posted a picture of the Nintendo game “Duck Hunt.”  That contributor preferred to remain anonymous . LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill figured out how to hack the scantron machine in her high school, but says she didn’t rig the test results. We’ve got memories of Windows 95, film-strip projectors and JFKs funeral on TV.   You can see our tech memories, and add your own, on our Tumblr page.

VIDEO: Chopping at redwood trees for drug money

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:07
California fights poachers threatening ancient redwoods

Police control room closures begin

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:07
A string of police control room closures planned across Scotland gets under way with a centre in Dumfries.

Motorway driver caught doing 149mph

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:01
A motorist was caught driving at 149mph (240km/h) on the M25, a study of the fastest drivers caught by speeds cameras in England and Wales reveals.

The end of the job listing?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 14:57

The rituals of applying for a job are well known to many at this point: Pick out something nice to wear, bring an extra copy of your resume, and maybe research the company before going into your interview. But along the way, several companies have made attempts to reinvent the hiring wheel. Most recently, Zappos got rid of job listings entirely, opting instead for a system in which interested individuals sign up to be part of a network of candidates that the company vets for open positions.

They're not the first to try a holistic approach to hiring, either. Messaging company Kik asks potential hires to start work part-time before they agree to the full time position. For those who already have a full-time gig, Kik invites them to work evenings, or during a vacation on a project that relates to their new position. The company believes that it works better for employers and employees to know if the job is a good fit.

Other companies partake in intense rites of passage for new hires. As outlined in this article on bizarre hiring rituals, Moving company GentleGiant asks employees to run stairs at the Harvard Stadium with their boss as part of a team building exercise. Foot Levelers, which makes chiropractic products in Virginia, has all new employees attend a screening of the film "Rudy" to gain inspiration.

But back to getting the job in the first place. Some would say that all of this is too much time spent vetting new hires and then ingraining them into the system. For those who shoot more from the hip, Travelodge tried out the speed-dating of interview processes back in 2008, giving each potential candidate just 3 minutes to prove themselves. Sometimes, first impressions are everything.

VIDEO: Emin: 'My bed is like a diary'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 14:48
Artist Tracey Emin has reflected on her work 'My Bed' which is up for sale and described it as "half like a crime scene, half like a diary".

Supreme Court Upholds Law Enforcement's Qualified Immunity

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 14:27

In two decisions handed down Tuesday, the justices made it more difficult for citizens to sue law enforcement officers for their conduct. Both decisions were unanimous.

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