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What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 10:03

Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up...and a really fun part of parenting.

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Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:58

In Indiana, a judge said that same-sex couples are "in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."

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VIDEO: Highlights: Nigeria 2-3 Argentina

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:53
Watch highlights as two Lionel Messi strikes help Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their final Group F game in Porto Alegre.

Hacking probes: What happens next?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:47
Why it is not the end of the road for investigations into alleged criminality inside newspapers

How to get parents to pay $169 for a toy robot

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:38

When you’re covering educational technology, you see a lot of gee-whiz tech gear and toys that claim to make kids smarter. Lots of those toys make similar sounds. And we wanted to find out why.

So we went in search of the real meaning in the sounds of ed tech.

Lots of those toys are also pretty pricey. And it turns out getting parents to fork over for themalso  has something to do with sound, too.

Think of it as the sound of the sell.

Because this story is a story about, yes, sound, we encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to it.

Along the way we meet a robot named Bo, whose sounds were developed by folks who’d worked at Pixar, the movie studio behind Cars and Toy Story. Bo is an educational toy, meant to teach young kids to code. 

We meet Vikas Gupta, who heads Play-i, the company that makes Bo. He tells how sounds can establish an emotional connections between a child and the robot.

We meet director and composer Steven Wilson, who wrote the music for Play-i’s promotional video. He tells us about all the tricks composers use when writing music meant to make us feel a certain way. To put us in a buying mood, as it were.

And, we meet Bruce Walker, a professor in the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He talks us through the future sounds of our technology and how sounds help create emotional connections that can encourage us to buy.

What do you think?  How do sounds influence your emotions?  We’ve got a cool audio quiz here.

In Emotional Scene, Teen Survivors Of South Korea Ferry Return To School

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:38

Only 75 of the 323 students aboard the ferry Sewol survived after the ship sank in April. Some bowed their heads and wept as they walked into Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea.

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Aereo loses court battle over TV

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:26
The US Supreme court has rules against Aereo in a landmark case that pit the start-up TV company against some of the biggest US broadcasters.

U.S. Moves Toward Easing A Ban On Exporting Its Oil

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:25

The new rulings are being reported amid a backdrop of rising gas prices in the U.S., a situation blamed on new violence and uncertainty in Iraq.

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Solar cells made using bath salts

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:17
Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell.

Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:16

As the veteran anchor steps away from ABC's flagship evening newscast, the network gives key duties to George Stephanopoulos — making the man who co-anchors its morning broadcast the face of ABC News.

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VIDEO: Man wins £2,000 on Suarez 'bite'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:10
A Norwegian man wins a sizeable payout after betting that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez would bite someone during the World Cup.

Jab 'protects mice against tumours'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 09:00
Scientists have developed a vaccine that they say provides some protection against brain tumours in mice by boosting the immune system.

Nadal 'unfazed' by Rosol says coach

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:52
Rafael Nadal is unfazed by Wimbledon second-round opponent Lukas Rosol, who beat him in 2012, says coach Toni Nadal.

Bahrain opposition leader acquitted

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:48
A leading Shia opposition figure in Bahrain, Khalil Marzook of Wefaq, is cleared of charges including "inciting terrorism" at a trial in Manama.

Supreme Court Rules On Aereo, Cellphone Searches

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:47

The court ruled against the technology company Aereo's practice of streaming broadcast TV. It also decided a case involving police searches of individuals' cellphones.

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Primark investigating 'SOS note'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:46
Primark investigates a shopper's claim that she found a "cry for help" note inside a pair of Primark trousers alleging slave labour conditions in a Chinese prison.

Sam Smith enjoys US chart success

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:42
British singer Sam Smith mirrors his UK chart success on the other side of the Atlantic by entering Billboard's Top 200 at number two.

Resurgent Watson facing toughest test

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:36
With the help of a new coach, Heather Watson has fought back from illness and injury and is targeting a top-10 scalp at Wimbledon.

High Court Says Police Need A Warrant For Most Cellphone Searches

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:22

The Supreme Court's 9-0 decision is seen as a strong defense of privacy in the digital age. But the justices did rule that warrantless searches could be allowed in some exigent circumstances.

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Sudan death row woman 'faked papers'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 08:21
The Sudanese woman freed from death row, Meriam Ibrahim, is accused of trying to leave the country with fake documents, her lawyer tells the BBC.
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