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Star Wars teaser released on Instagram

BBC - 12 hours 37 min ago
The makers of the new Star Wars movie have released another teaser clip, this time via Instagram.

A Man Shed Live Polio Virus In His Stool For 28 Years

NPR News - 12 hours 40 min ago

That's the longest span for one individual to excrete the live virus in history. It's not the norm, that's for certain. But how much of a concern is it in the war to wipe out polio?

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Swept Up In The Storm: Hurricane Katrina's Key Players, Then And Now

NPR News - 12 hours 51 min ago

The natural disaster of Katrina and the man-made tragedy that followed catapulted local figures and obscure federal officials into the spotlight.

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Singing the 'Happy Birthday' blues

Marketplace - American Public Media - 12 hours 54 min ago

That's how much a major motion picture is likely to be charged by Warner/Chappell Music for using the "Happy Birthday" song, says attorney Mark Rifkin, who is suing the company, claiming the copyright is invalid. That's right, it's copyrighted, and Warner/Chappell is the owner. So movies and restaurants go to creative lengths to use other songs. It could be worse; in Tajikistan, a man was fined about $634 for simply celebrating his birthday in public, according to the BBC. Turns out you violate more than a copyright in the Asian republic — public birthday parties are against the law.


That's the amount twins Durland and Darvin Miller say they've been offered for the registered domain, as told to Grantland's Ben Lindbergh. The San Jose, California, men registered the site in 1995, envisioning twin-related news. Fast forward to present. The twins aren't using the site, and Major League Baseball all but three team sites — one of them The Millers, who really are Twins fans, by the way (their dad is from Minnesota), say they were unsuccessful in contacting the team about a deal. Twins President Dave St. Peter says the team hasn't reached out because buy a URL is MLB Advanced Media's domain, so to speak. If it never works out, that's OK too. The Millers are happy to keep in the family.

$1.76 billion

That's GameStop's second-quarter revenue, released Thursday, and it's better than analysts expected. But the brick-and-mortar store is struggling to remain relevant in the age of downloadable games, Sally Herships reports. People are still buying games boxes, and one way to increase those sales is stuffing them with collectible goodies — like figurines or accessories for the digital characters themselves. "These are the kinds of things that hardcore fans get all excited about," says Evan Narcisse, reporter with video game website Kotaku.

Cherish the supreme showman Bolt

BBC - 12 hours 59 min ago
Usain Bolt conjures up another magical moment but how many more times will we witness his brilliance, asks Tom Fordyce.

VIDEO: 'English people won't work for £6.50 an hour'

BBC - 13 hours 6 min ago
As net migration to the UK reaches an all-time high, the BBC's Danny Savage reports from Hull on the impact of foreign arrivals in the city.

Flores-Roux is a nose ahead in the perfume business

Rodrigo Flores-Roux, head perfumer at Givaudan perfumes, says that “a perfumer’s life is a little bit busy.” That explains why his office is covered in perfume bottles — some professionally packaged, others in clinical bottles titled with a label maker. Magazines, postcards and photos fill up the rest of the space.

It’s all inspiration for when Flores-Roux sits down to create a scent. The first step usually involves a computer and a process that he says resembles creating a recipe.

You think about a certain mixture of things. For example, I am going to do something that has to be very fresh and masculine. So I think about something that is going to be a little bit citrusy, but I want it to have tons of lavender, because lavender is going to be my theme. So you choose one or two, you mix them in different amounts, etc., in order to create something that will be pleasing, will have signature, memorability and hopefully not only make millions of dollars, but it will also become signature and innovative.

The “recipe” is sent to a lab around the corner from Flores-Roux’s office. It’s “literally where the magic happens” he says.

The lab is filled with technicians — junior perfumers — in white lab coats, working with bottles that are neatly stacked on shelves at each work station. The air is heavily perfumed. Flores-Roux stresses a good perfume isn’t made up entirely of “good” smells.

“You can use horrifically stinky scents, but in the right amount, they add something.”

Outside of the lab, the business of perfume is cutthroat.

“We are sharks." Flores-Roux says. "We are Godzillas, and we want to crush the competition, and actually sometimes we get crushed,” he says.

Much of the work a perfumer does is on spec — a company decides to create a signature scent, and they approach several perfume houses like Givaudan at once.

“We are briefed at the same time in a competitive way,” says Flores-Roux. All the candidates create a scent they hope will be chosen by the client. But “only one wins. I do have to say, it’s very, very sad, because you put your life there, and then you’re not chosen. And guess what? You do not get paid. It’s a business model that is very strange and a little sadomasochistic, but that’s the way it is.”

Flores-Roux says he doesn’t wear perfume at work — no one does at Givaudan — but when he goes out, he’ll “empty the bottle.” Spritzing a perfume cloud and walking through it? He does not approve.

“That’s nonsense, and that’s a waste of money. I want people to wear perfume and to own it and to express themselves with perfume. Putting it in the air is a waste of money. You might as well not wear it,” he explains.

For Kai, Flores-Roux recommends a scent he created for John Varvatos called “Artisan.” Get a virtual whiff below and stay tuned to see what others in the office thought.

FDA Warns Tobacco Companies Advertising 'Natural' Cigarettes

NPR News - 13 hours 18 min ago

Unless a cigarette is safer than others it can't be labeled "natural" or "additive-free", the Food and Drug Administration told three manufacturers.

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Hispanic Or Latino? A Guide For The U.S. Presidential Campaign

NPR News - 13 hours 19 min ago

Donald Trump has put immigration front and center in his campaign. This has placed renewed focus on the confusing question of how to refer to people from Latin America, including those now in the U.S.

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VIDEO: Donald Trump: I don't wear a toupee

BBC - 13 hours 58 min ago
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump hits back at accusations he wears a toupee at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stones transfer request rejected

BBC - 14 hours 2 min ago
Everton reject a transfer request from defender and Chelsea target John Stones, says chairman Bill Kenwright.

Burgess won't decide England chances

BBC - 14 hours 4 min ago
Picking Sam Burgess is a big call but he is unlikely to see much World Cup action for England, argues Jeremy Guscott.

Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

NPR News - 14 hours 15 min ago

For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.

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Usain Bolt Is Knocked Over By Segway-Riding Cameraman After Winning Gold

NPR News - 14 hours 16 min ago

The incident happened at the World Athletics Championships, where a highly anticipated match-up had pitted the Jamaican against America's Justin Gatlin.

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UK jihadist 'killed in drone strike'

BBC - 14 hours 24 min ago
A leading British jihadist has been killed in a military drone strike in Syria, say US officials.

Arsenal face Bayern in group stage

BBC - 14 hours 29 min ago
Arsenal are drawn against Bayern Munich as English clubs find out who they will face in the Champions League group stage.

Tap water safe for 80,000 homes

BBC - 14 hours 29 min ago
Tap water in 80,000 homes in Lancashire is declared safe to drink, after a bug left residents boiling water for three weeks.

Planned Parenthood Fights Back

NPR News - 14 hours 29 min ago

In a new report sent to Congress, the organization says controversial videos alleging the sale of fetal tissue are "heavily edited" to "significantly distort" actual events and conversations.

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VIDEO: Clacton air show crowds 'feel safe'

BBC - 14 hours 34 min ago
Clacton air show has gone ahead in Essex - with large crowds enjoying the spectacle, despite the fatal crash at Shoreham air show last weekend.

Brian Chesky of Airbnb on "the worst idea ever"

Marketplace - American Public Media - 14 hours 38 min ago

The first step in starting a successful business is having a good idea, but sometimes even a bad one can work. Brian Chesky started Airbnb on the risky premise that people would agree to open their homes to strangers, and it worked. He didn’t just build a $10 billion company, he changed culture as we know it, helping to usher in the sharing economy.