National / International News

Feet are 'getting bigger and wider'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:30
British feet are getting bigger - growing, on average, two shoe sizes since the 1970s, says the College of Podiatry.

Men 'feel more pain after major ops'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:29
Men feel more pain than women while recovering from major surgery, a study suggests.

'Millions denied end-of-life drugs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:29
Millions denied end-of-life drugs, say experts

Implants campaigners go to Holyrood

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:25
Women who suffered "life-changing side effects" after receiving surgical implants are to give evidence to a committee of MSPs.

The miracle-buster afraid to go home

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:23
The myth-buster who's afraid to go home

VIDEO: Looking for the faces of our ancestors

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:15
Today we can all look online to find out who our ancestors were, and soon geneticists hope that DNA can show us their faces as well.

VIDEO: Should women have kids before uni?

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:15
TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp and Vagenda magazine editor Holly Baxter discuss whether or not women should prioritise education over starting a family while they are young.

US child migrant numbers rising

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:13
President Barack Obama says the growing number of unaccompanied children travelling illegally to the US has created an "urgent humanitarian situation".

How to conduct your staff

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:00
What great conductors can teach about managing a business

Councils 'wasting millions' on IT

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:00
Are county councils wasting millions on expensive IT?

Same street, different property market

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 15:00
The road that says so much about UK property

More to Milner than meets the eye

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:40
Why there is more to James Milner than meets the eye

New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:32

In coal-producing Kentucky and West Virginia, Democrats can't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.

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Dozens Of Haitian Migrants Abandoned Near Puerto Rico

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:30

Smuggling Haitians has become a big — and deadly — business. In recent days, several groups of migrants have been abandoned by smugglers on uninhabited islands in the Caribbean.

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Eriksson backs England psychiatrist

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:23
Former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson backs England's decision to take psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters to the World Cup.

Vox CEO Jim Bankoff on which numbers matter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:21

Economists love the numbers. For some companies, the numbers that are most important are the ones that say how many clicks and hits they’re getting on their website.

"ComScore.com is definitely one of the many metric sites we look at for sure," says Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media. "ComScore reports monthly. We have metric services that report in real time. We can literally look at a dashboard and just be obsessed with what’s going on, who’s looking at our content and how many people at any given moment."

So how interested are companies like Vox Media in having people understand the numbers by which they do their job?

"We make money by growing our metrics and those metrics are largely transparent," says Bankoff. "For instance, you can go to your favorite website and see how many people shared your favorite article on Facebook or Twitter. A lot of these metrics are now transparent and we’re making them more transparent. In our case, our ratings are transparent to our advertisers too."

Is there such thing as too much data?

"Absolutely," says Bankoff. "We like to tell our people that they should be data-informed as opposed to data-driven."

Bankoff says that although the numbers allow companies to produce content in a more targeted and efficient way, technology should be used to assist the story telling and assist the consumption, not replace it.

VIDEO: Spanish King abdicates in favour of son

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:19
The Spanish King Juan Carlos has announced that he is abdicating after nearly 40 years on the throne.

Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:17

The men accused in the girls' murder belong to their area's dominant caste. Protesters and politicians are lashing out at delays and indifference in a case that is creating a political maelstrom.

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Vaughan has doubts on Flintoff return

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 14:13
Former England captain Michael Vaughan says cricket has moved on since Andrew Flintoff retired five years ago.

A revision to the revision

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 13:59

Today we present a number not to be loved.

Economic indicators are often revised, higher or lower, usually a month or two after they come out. Right?

Well, today's report from the Institute of Supply Management, the ISM for short, which measure how American factories are doing, was revised twice in the space of about three hours. Wall Street sold off hard on the initial weak, but incorrect, report.

The excuse:

"Software glitches," the ISM said.

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