National / International News

#CrimingWhileWhite Opens A Prism On Police And Race

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-03 16:19

A grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case sparked anger, protests, and a Twitter conversation about the idea that the police treat people differently based on their race.

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Drug 'repairs spinal cord injuries'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:58
A drug that can encourage nerves in the spinal cord to grow and repair injuries has been developed by US scientists.

'Think twice' about drink-driving

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:47
Drivers should think twice about what they drink as the new lower alcohol limits come into effect, a forensic toxicologist has warned.

Islanders have year wait for dentist

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:47
Residents of the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura are being told to "come back in a year" if they want to see a dentist.

Prosecutors set out social media law

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:46
Scottish prosecutors set out new guidelines on whether messages posted on social media should be treated as criminal conduct.

Attorney General Holder Announces U.S. Inquiry Into Garner Case

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:46

"The Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation of Mr. Garner's death," Attorney General Eric Holder said.

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Autumn Statement - dream or extreme?

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:39
Thursday's newspapers are full of analysis of the Autumn Statement measures - including the "elephant in the room" of a rising deficit, and looming spending cuts.

VIDEO: US film awards season kicks off

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:21
The US film industry's annual award season got under way in New York this week with three separate awards announcements.

Amazon's bid to power the internet

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:09
How the shopping giant is bidding to power the internet

The Ant's Pants? Oxford Dictionaries Adds 1,000 New Terms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:02

The new additions range from pop culture (xlnt; permadeath) to business-speak (algorithmic trading). We present a list selected by the editors.

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Drogba lined up for backroom role

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:01
Didier Drogba will be given a job off the field at Chelsea when he retires, says manager Jose Mourinho.

How Ikea assembled a win in Poland

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:01
How Ikea assembled a winning position in Poland

New rules for business travel and gifts

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:00
What you might have missed in Autumn Statement

CBI warns on Osborne's 'Google tax'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 15:00
The Confederation of British Industry has warned over Chancellor George Osborne's plans for the UK to "go it alone" on corporate tax reform.

VIDEO: World has seen 'warmest year'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 14:21
This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.

VIDEO: Fire under train in south London

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 14:18
Commuters capture footage of a fire under a train at Denmark Hill in south London which caused the evacuation of the station.

Body found in woman and baby search

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 14:09
Police searching for a mother and her four-day-old baby who went missing from a Bristol hospital have found a woman's body in the Avon Gorge.

VIDEO: No charges in police chokehold case

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-03 13:58
A grand jury in New York has declined to press criminal charges against a white police officer over the death of an unarmed black man he put into a chokehold - a practice banned by the New York police department.

Robots invade holidays ... but don't take over

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-03 13:56

When it comes to this holiday season, the future is now.

"We've been talking about robot helpers in the home for decades.... And we're kind of finally getting there," says Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

A company called ECOVACS recently sold 70,000 robotic vacuums in one day. What's more, Amazon will use its new Kiva robots to help ship packages on time this holiday season.

But that doesn't mean robots are ready to take over yet. According to Johnson, artificial intelligence just isn't there yet. Just ask Ryan Calo at the University of Washington.

"It is a non-trivial task for the robot even to understand what is a part of your desk," Calo says.

If robots can't figure out how to organize your desk, we probably don't need to worry about the robot apocalypse just yet.

Who's coming home for the holidays? Robots

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-03 13:56

The bulk of the holiday season is in the future, but it's also in the future.

"We've been talking about robot helpers in the home for decades... And we're kind of finally getting there," says Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

A company called ECOVACS recently sold 70,000 robotic vacuums in one day. What's more, Amazon will use their new Kiva robots to help ship packages on time this holiday season.

But that doesn't mean robots are ready to take over yet. According to Johnson, artificial intelligence just isn't there yet. Just ask Ryan Calo at the University of Washington.

"It is a non-trivial task for the robot even to understand what is a part of your desk," Calo says.

If robots can't figure out how to organize your desk, we probably don't need to worry about the robot apocalypse just yet.

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