National / International News

Ex-Soviet economic union agreed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:23
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a deal with his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Belarus to create an economic union.

Maya Angelou was a 'real original'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:17
Author Toni Morrison says her friend, the late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou was a "real original" with "no duplicate".

Froome hits out at lack of drug tests

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:09
Tour de France champion Chris Froome is 'disappointed' by the lack of anti-doping tests at a training camp in Tenerife.

'Police did nothing' to stop stoning

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:04
The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family outside a Lahore court tells the BBC police did nothing to stop the attack.

Missing plane 'not in ping zone'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:52
The area where signals thought linked to the missing Malaysian plane were detected is ruled out as its final resting place, Australia says.

Skylon ‘spaceplane economics stack up’

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:38
A report commissioned by the European Space Agency finds the economics of the UK-conceived Skylon spaceplane to be feasible – assuming its technology development is successful.

Want faster internet connection? Go to the moon.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:38

If you're frustrated by a slow wi-fi connection you could consider moving... the moon.

Scientists from NASA and MIT have developed a way to create a wi-fi hotspot on the moon and the speed is faster than an earth-connection. Scientists say the signal could be used to transfer large amounts of data or even stream hi-definition buffering.

Maybe someday we can get that here on earth.

VIDEO: Brad Pitt 'attacked' at US premiere

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:36
Brad Pitt is allegedly punched in the face at the US premiere of Angelina Jolie's latest movie

England 'should play like Liverpool'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:36
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says England should emulate Liverpool's attacking "swagger" at the World Cup.

CCTV footage released in rape probe

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:33
Police release more CCTV footage of two men they want to trace as part of an inquiry into the rape of a woman in Glasgow.

Argentina in deal to pay $10bn debts

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:32
Argentina reaches an agreement with the Paris Club group of international creditor governments on repaying its overdue debts.

Interviews for NI's top police job

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:31
Interviews for the job of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are taking place.

Syal not Steinbeck in English GCSE

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:22
The latest GCSE English literature set texts from a second exam board, AQA, include Meera Syal and George Orwell, but no American authors

VIDEO: Aerials show tanker explosion aftermath

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:13
One person is missing after an oil tanker exploded off Japan's southwest coast, according to the country's coastguard.

Kerry urges Snowden to return to US

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:09
US Secretary of State John Kerry says intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is a fugitive who should return to the US to face justice.

Jordan ready for Test team - Swann

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:06
Former England spinner Graeme Swann says "confident, buoyant and vibrant" Chris Jordan should be in the England Test team.

Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:02

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

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More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:01

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the president says U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should focus on diplomacy and counterterrorism rather than large-scale military operations.

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Law & Order: tech edition

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:00

For those who have spent an entire day on the couch letting Netflix dominate the tv or laptop screen, binge watching is not such a new phenomenon. Artist Jeff Thompson is certainly no stranger to the concept: he has watched all 456 episodes of the original Law & Order franchise. But unlike the rest of us, he was getting paid to do it.

That's because Thompson received a grant from Rhizome to track the use of technology throughout the show's 20 year history. The fact that the show thrived on being "ripped from the headlines" (i.e. as current as possible), produced a weekly episode, and ran for such a long time make it a particularly useful series for such a project. 

Aside from maintaining a blog of screenshots of every computer that makes an appearance on the show, Thompson used the opportunity to track other technology-related data. For example, he maintained a list of every URL used throughout the series, as well as a chart that tracked the parallels between the drop off of computer useage on the show in tandem with the burst of the dot-com bubble. The chart below shows the number of computers used per season, while the following chart tracks the closing price of the Nasdaq (in light grey) over the same years.

A chart of the computer count in every episode of Law & Order

The light grey portion charts the closing price of the Nasdaq

Thompson also saw an opportunity to track the evolution of our attitude towards technology as well. In the beginning of the series, computers generally sat in a corner, eventually making their way onto individual's desks as their use became more ubiquitous. It's these minute details that really interested Thompson. He points out that while a lot of people document and write about the history of technology, the seemingly boring details are not as thoroughly documented. In fact, when asked about his favorite bit of technology in the series, he points to a pretty mundane piece of furniture: the computer desk. 

How marriage contributes to inequality

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 01:00

Prior to the 1960s, it wasn't unusual for a college-educated man to marry a woman with earnings that were significantly less than his -- or a woman who earned nothing at all.

Over time, as more women entered college, a pattern of "assortative mating" began to emerge. Research shows that, beginning in the 1960s, college-educated men became more likely to marry women who were also college-educated. Income is highly correlated to education, leading to the growth of double-income households that earn more then their less-well-educated peers. Some researchers though, warn that structural factors like taxation and the shrinkage of labor unions are far more pertinent when discussing the rise of inequality in 21st century America. 


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