National / International News

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 21:50

The ability to identify musical notes by ear is usually thought to be something developed early in life. Now a Harvard study says a drug normally used as a mood stabilizer might allow adults with no musical experience to learn perfect pitch.

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Wild weather and Only Fools return

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 20:59
Narrow escapes from huge waves and news of a sitcom comeback feature on some of Saturday's front pages.

Antarctic rescue ship stuck in ice

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 19:56
The Chinese ship Xue Long that helped rescue passengers stranded on a research vessel in Antarctica confirms it is itself stuck in the ice.

VIDEO: Battle for western Iraq cities

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 19:06
Two cities in western Iraq are reportedly still partly under the control of Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda.

VIDEO: Winter storm strikes eastern US

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 19:03
A state of emergency is in place in New York and New Jersey after a winter storm blanketed parts of the north-east US and Canada with thick snow.

How to bounce back, Newport-style

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:45
Football, education and shopping are all improving in the South Wales community. Simon Cox pinpoints the reasons why.

Farewell to Shanghai's labour camps

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:34
China's controversial system comes to a close

Top 10 tips to be a magazine editor

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:29
An expert's top tips on successful magazine editing

Mental health staff to help police

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:47
Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in 10 areas of England as part of a pilot scheme aimed at cutting reoffending.

The one-armed explorer who conquered the Grand Canyon

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:07
While much of the US was being rapidly settled, large parts of the West remained unknown. A Civil War veteran led the first expedition through the "impassable" Grand Canyon.

The fluffy Cold War space race puppy

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:03
How Khrushchev and JFK put the fur into foreign relations

For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:02

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.

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London riots claims 'still not paid'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:51
More than 130 people who claimed compensation following the London riots in 2011 are yet to receive a single penny, according to Labour.

VIDEO: India's trade in 'blood bricks'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:28
Campaigners are calling for more to be done about the appalling human cost of India's brick industry.

Del Boy and Rodney to return to BBC

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:22
Dodgy dealers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter are to return to British TV screens for the first time in more than 10 years for a Sport Relief sketch.

Analysis: Beyond sectarian conflict in Iraq

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:17
Why violence in Anbar province goes beyond sectarian conflict

'Narrow escape' for storm fossil

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:11
A near-complete ichthyosaur skeleton discovered on the Dorset coast after Christmas storms was hours away from destruction, fossil hunters say.

Flooding continues to threaten UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:00
High tides and strong winds lead to flooding in Wales and south-west England as officials warn of a continuing flood threat across the west of the UK.

Elite hacker 'overdosed on drugs'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 15:55
World-renowned hacker Barnaby Jack, who died in San Francisco in July, overdosed on a mix of heroin and cocaine, a coroner's report says.

No drugs or alcohol in Walker crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 15:32
Neither Hollywood actor Paul Walker nor his driver were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of a fatal car crash, a post-mortem finds.

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