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Violent storms rage on 'failed stars'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 15:09
Astronomers have seen ferocious storms circling on a failed star known as a brown dwarf - the most detailed 'weather forecast' ever for a world outside our Solar System.

VIDEO: Flood warnings after coastal damage

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:52
Large swathes of the UK are still being warned of the risk of floods, as the Met Office forecasts heavy rainfall for south and south-east England.

Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:43

After a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.

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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:25

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.

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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:22

Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.

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Wiggo sideburn NHS tweeter cautioned

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:07
A hospital worker who boasted on Twitter about plans to use body hair shaved from a patient to mimic Sir Bradley Wiggins' famous sideburns is disciplined.

Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:54

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.

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Iraq in 'deadly strike' on militants

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:53
The Iraqi government says it has killed 25 militants in Ramadi in an air strike as it battles al-Qaeda linked militants in Anbar province.

North America deep freeze hits east

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:53
A brutal blast of arctic air settles in eastern North America, bringing dangerously low temperatures not seen in two decades.

UK 'grants asylum to 1,500 Syrians'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:51
Deputy PM Nick Clegg tells MPs the UK has accepted "about 1,500" asylum seekers from Syria, but faces criticism from Amnesty International.

VIDEO: Prince William returns to student life

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:48
The Duke of Cambridge has started full-time studies on an agriculture course at the University of Cambridge.

With Department Steeped In Scandal, L.A. County Sheriff Will Retire

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:48

Lee Baca announced his retirement a month after more than a dozen of his deputies were charged with beating inmates and jail visitors.

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VIDEO: LG's TV bends before your eyes

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:45
The electrical goods manufacturer LG is showcasing a prototype television that has the functionality to bend from flat to curved.

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:40

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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PlayStation games go console-free

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:28
Sony details launch plans for PlayStation Now, a service that will allow smart TVs, tablets and smartphones to run console titles.

Two guilty over abusive tweets

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:17
Two people plead guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

VIDEO: CES tech show opens in Las Vegas

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:09
Technology firms from around the world have gathered in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest technology trade event.

Johnson steps down from FA role

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 12:58
Michael Johnson steps down from the FA's anti-discrimination board after he was criticised for describing homosexuality as "detestable".

IMF to raise global growth forecast

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-07 12:48
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, says it will raise its forecast for global growth.

Meditation Can Help Manage Anxiety, Depression And Pain

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 12:47

Hospitals now offer meditation classes, but doctors have questioned whether this ancient discipline has any medical benefits. It can help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, an analysis says. But there's no evidence it helps with sleep or weight issues.

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