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Rail disruption as works overrun

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39
Thousands of rail commuters face disruption as overrunning engineering works in Essex force the cancellation of trains.

Robots, the space program and innovation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39

A robotics competitions gets underway on Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. College students have to build and design a robot that can dig lunar solid, for example, to be used during a mission to Mars.

Experts say competitions like these help foster innovation and can even help bring ideas to market.

 "That's one area where I think you might be getting neat ideas on the cheap," says Ross Mead, a doctoral student studying robotics at the University of Southern California. 

He says the competitions are exciting and also give companies, or NASA, the opportunity to see problems solved in different ways.

Given the deep budget cuts to NASA, competitions are an especially good idea for the space agency. 

"NASA's leveraging the budget they have with trying to stimulate people working outside of NASA to come up with things that could be really helpful to them," says Tom Kinnear, who teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. 

But perhaps the greatest reason competitions work Kinnear said, is that people love to win.

VIDEO: Queen's Baton in the British Isles

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:29
The Queen's Baton Relay tours the Channel Islands as part of the first leg of its trip round the British Isles.

VIDEO: Students living under siege in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:28
An agreement has allowed 120 students to leave a besieged refugee camp so they could sit their final exams.

Obama asked to curb NSA surveillance

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:26
President Obama has been asked to curb the NSA's surveillance after allegations that it targeted hardware made by networking firm Cisco.

'More pupils take tougher tests'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:22
The number of pupils taking more stretching tests at the end of primary school has almost doubled in two years, the government says.

VIDEO: 12-hour challenge on the election trail

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:20
The Sunday Politics sets a 12-hour challenge to catch up with candidates in the 22 May elections.

Children killed in Colombia bus fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:18
A bus in northern Colombia has caught fire, killing dozens of children who were returning from an event at an evangelical church.

World Cup hero Wilkinson to retire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:16
World Cup-winning England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson announces he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.

VIDEO: Tearful president's TV apology

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:15
Korea ferry tragedy prompts overhaul of the country's coastguard service which was heavily blamed for the loss of life

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:03

The ways learning happens in the US are shifting rapidly. We're out to capture learning in its natural habitat, from soccer fields to science labs, boardrooms to bedrooms. Welcome to NPR Ed.

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Ex-IMF boss to sue over film

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:56
Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to sue US film director Abel Ferrara over his movie allegedly inspired by the politician's sex scandal.

Absconded killer still on the run

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:41
A killer who absconded from jail while on day release is still being hunted as police arrest another inmate on suspicion of being at large.

Antarctica's ice losses double

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:33
Antarctica is now losing about 160 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean - twice as much as when the continent was last surveyed.

Suicide attack on Nigeria bars

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:26
A suicide blast in a street full of bars and restaurants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killed four people, police say.

Timberlake tops Billboard Awards

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:19
Justin Timberlake wins seven Billboard Music Awards, including top artist, accepting them by video as a Michael Jackson hologram steals the show.

Premier League meets over sexism row

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:18
A Premier League committee meets on Monday to look into the conduct of chief executive Richard Scudamore over sexist emails.

Children 'recruited' for crime gangs

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:16
A conference is to hear how children as young as 12 are being recruited by drug dealers and violent gangs in Scotland.

Ryanair profits drop after price war

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:10
Ryanair's full-year profits have fallen for the first time in five years after intense price competition from rivals.

Russian President Putin Orders Troops Near Ukraine To Return Home

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:01

The Kremlin announced Vladimir Putin's decision on Monday. The move appears to indicate Putin's intention to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine.

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