National / International News

These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 14:47

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.

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VIDEO: 'My son told me to use social media'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 14:25
Nasa astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about using social media in space, including recording "Space Oddity" and taking photos at 8kms a second

Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 14:17
Yemen's former president calls on his Houthi rebel allies to withdraw from territory they have seized in return for a halt to Saudi air strikes.

'Twin' tumour found in woman's head

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 14:17
California doctors have removed what they call an embryologic twin living deep inside the brain of a student who had health problems.

Man charged over 1974 Army shooting

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 14:13
Police investigating the death of a man who was killed by soldiers in County Armagh more than 40 years ago charge a 73-year-old man with attempted murder.

Brathwaite ton frustrates England

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:57
England are frustrated by Kraigg Brathwaite's composed century as West Indies have the better of the fourth day of the second Test.

Road closed after serious car crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:43
Three people are taken to hospital after a serious car crash in County Fermanagh.

McGill can win world title - Selby

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:35
Mark Selby says Anthony McGill has the ability to win the World Championship after the qualifier beat the world number one.

Baltimore Police: Freddie Gray Should've Gotten Medical Help At Scene Of Arrest

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:31

Giving an update about how Gray was injured, police said they still have many gaps to fill, but the picture is becoming clearer. Police now know that Gray was never buckled into the police van.

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Weekly Wrap: Nasdaq, Greece and Comcast

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:23

Joining Kai to talk about the week's business and economic news are Felix Salmon of Fusion and Jo Ling Kent of Fox Business News.

The big topics this week: Nasdaq's record high, Greece's meeting with eurozone finance ministers in Riga, Latvia and the collapse of the Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger.

Listen to the full conversation using the audio player above.

 

Canada bails ex-Guantanamo detainee

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:20
A Canadian court grants bail to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr until he completes his appeal against his US conviction.

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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Is your partner a financial bully?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00
Is your partner a financial bully?

How much paper would it take to print the Internet?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00

This story falls firmly in the categories of A: People having too much time on their hands and B: Stuff that's kind of interesting nonetheless.

Students at the University of Leicester over in the U.K. have figured out how much paper it would take to print the Internet. The whole Internet. 

They started by figuring out what it would take to print Wikipedia. Turns out? Almost 71 million pieces of paper. 

Then, using the generally accepted figure of 4.5 billion websites out there, and adjusting for font size, pictures and all that, they say it'd take 136 billion pieces of 8-by-11-inch paper to print the whole Internet.

Amazon's cloud services rain profits

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00

Amazon released first-quarter earnings Thursday,  and made it clear that,  for now, it owns the cloud and it's raining profits.

Amazon Web Services, which offers data storage and other tech services,  took in revenues of $1.57 billion during the first three months of the year.  Profits topped $265 million. 

“Yeah, I mean, [it's] really firing on all cylinders,” says Colin Sebastian, senior research analyst at Robert Baird. 

Amazon's success in the cloud can be credited to one very smart move, says Sebastion.  It got there first. 

“The reason they dominate is they created this market,” he says 

Amazon started as an online marketplace for everything. To be that marketplace, it had to build more and more servers. The company built  to peak capacity, which means often times it was left with more capacity than it needed. 

“They woke up one day and realized they could sell that same service to other companies.”

Amazon Web Service’s profit margin is 17 percent. The company's overall profit margin is 2 percent. "Think of it as accounting for a third of overall profits, a tremendous amount of operating income” says Gene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray.  

Cloud services are still a nascent industry. “There are literally tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars at stake,” says Sebastian.

And AWS is still seven times larger than Microsoft's cloud services — it's nearest competitor, says Munster.  But Google, IBM and HP are all racing to catch up by offering more than simple data storage, which has become a commodity. 

Munster says it’s going to be hard for competitors to gain market share. AWS already has more than a million customers including Netflix and NASA, “and now what we’re seeing now, is businesses are standardizing on Amazon Web Service, building applications that are optimized for AWS, that just creates more stickiness.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said web services could one day outsize Amazon’s retail business. That day  may not come soon enough. As it has done many times, the retail side posted a loss last quarter. 

Pakistani activist killed in Karachi

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:55
A leading Pakistani activist is shot dead, and her mother left seriously injured, after leaving a seminar on torture in Karachi.

Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:55

Palestinians often buy and sell land without title deeds, or proof of ownership. That's because most of the land doesn't have them. It a problem dating back generations.

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Bath 43-18 London Irish

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:54
Sam Burgess is man of the match as Bath come from behind to beat London Irish and move up to second in the Premiership.

'Love rainbow' graffiti fine waived

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:50
Belfast City Council scrubs out its decision to impose a £60 graffiti fine on a performance artist who repeatedly wrote the word 'love' in coloured chalk on a pavement

Nasdaq and S&P 500 at record highs

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:49
The Nasdaq and S&P 500 close at new record highs after US tech firms report strong first quarter profits.

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