National / International News

WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:24

The safety message is described as a "sort of cross between a Ricky Martin video, mixed with Devo's 'Whip It' and a heaping spoonful of Robert Palmer's 'Simply Irresistible.' "

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Early air points to cold, dry Mars

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:23
Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Retrial possible in World's End case

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20
A man cleared of the 1977 World's End murders could stand trial again, following a ruling by judges.

TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a grass-roots campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:06

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Pistorius trial sees Valentine card

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:05
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial sees a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was going to give the athlete before he shot her dead.

VIDEO: Valentine's card at Pistorius trial

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:00
Oscar Pistorius reads out the message in his Valentine's card from his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Fertiliser removed as van alert ends

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:57
A security alert in County Tyrone, that started after a van was stopped and two men arrested, is now over.

Mothersill to miss Glasgow 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:56
Cydonie Mothersill will not defend her Commonwealth Games 200m title after the birth of her daughter last year.

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:50

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

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'Terror' of patient's op wake-up

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:43
A patient who awoke from an anaesthetic minutes before major surgery speaks of the "terrifying" experience.

Schools corporate greed warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:39
England's education system is being "destroyed through corporate greed", teachers claim.

The next time you 'Google' it may be via drone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:34

Millions of people in developing countries still don’t have access to the Internet. Google would like to change that, which is why it’s acquired Titan Aerospace, manufacturer of solar-powered drones. 

The world's most famous search engine plans to send the drones up to hover high in the atmosphere, beaming the internet down to earth. More people could 'google', but will these people like having drones peering down at them? 

We asked Patrick Egan, editor of the drone-focused sUAS News website, about privacy concerns: 

“I don’t think in this case it’s going to be a privacy issue. They’re going to fly at really high altitudes.  They probably won’t even have cameras on them.”

Google’s already experimented with aerial hot spots, using balloons, but drones are expected to be more reliable. 

“The winds at altitude can be pretty strong. So, the more controllability you have the better,” says Kurt Barnhart, director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University.

Plus, Titan says its drones can stay aloft for years, without refueling.

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:18
Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.

Clifford jury considering verdicts

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:16
The jury in the trial of publicist Max Clifford, who is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault, retires to consider its verdicts.

Ever find it difficult to talk to your boss - or your boss's boss?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:07

Talking to your boss, or even worse –your boss’s boss, can be one of the most awkward parts of office life. Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker are here to help with this excerpt from their new book, “What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with your Boss’s Boss”. 

The doom of the unknown co-worker:
You should know this guy’s name by now -- he’s in sales and you’re in marketing.  You run into him every two weeks. He looks like a Scott, but he’s not a Scott.

What to do?

Visit the Social Security Administration web site -- they have a list of the most popular birth names by year. Guess the unknown co-worker’s age, study the top names for those years, and be ready to play the odds during your next encounter.

The Interview:
Most of us try to be too original during job interviews. Behold:

BOSS: We’re looking for a manager who can build our core competencies.

PROSPECTIVE NEW HIRE: I’m a Trebuchet m’lady, a War Wolf. I will hurl flaming orbs of competency at your charge d’affairs.

BOSS: …We'll be in touch.

To succeed in an interview, you’ve got to use the gift that’s given you -- listen to what the interviewer is saying and repeat her language.

BOSS: We’re looking for a manager who can build our core competencies.

PROSPECTIVE NEW HIRE: I hear you saying you want someone who can really build on your core competencies.

BOSS: You’re hired!

It's that easy – you're now on your way to a brown-belt in the talking arts. With your new mastery of conversation, you'll cruise through the next office holiday party, conference call, and trip to the water cooler!

VIDEO: Berlusconi to do community service

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:04
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform a year's community service in a home for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled.

Extremism in Birmingham schools?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:53
Investigating claims of Islamic "takeovers" of schools

Independence 'risks defence jobs'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:50
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

VIDEO: Tackling the world's coldest marathon

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:46
The world's hardest, and coldest, marathon has taken place at Russia's Barneo Ice Station in the geographic North Pole.
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