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VIDEO: Playing music with your brain

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 01:30
Could technology turn you into a musical virtuoso? LJ Rich looks at new ways to make music.

The price of AC units has cooled down

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-26 01:30

As Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the surprising, sometimes delightful and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century.

A 1989 Sears catalog reveals that a medium capacity window air conditioner (in '80s-style faux-wood paneling) could be had for around $300. Factor in inflation, and that's about $575 in today's dollars. An equivalent 8000 BTU window AC unit, again Kenmore, today goes for just $219.

But what about the cost of running an AC unit? In the most recent period when stats are available, people on average spent $237 a year on electricity specifically for AC cooling. This includes the whole country, rich and poor, hot climates and cold. In 1989, adjusted for inflation, people spent $321 on power for the AC. In other words, the average household is paying less now for AC than in 1989.

So here's the concern when it comes to household budgets and climate change: When something like this gets so much cheaper, it changes our behavior. But how?

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio talk about what inflation can tell us about how we use energy.

The onward march of the century makers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 01:06
The far-reaching impact of more people reaching their 100th birthday

VIDEO: Who gets the dog? The rise of 'pet-nups'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 23:14
The animal charity Blue Cross has devised a so-called "pet-nup" which clearly states who will get ownership of pets should a couple split up.

VIDEO: S Africa's Open Mosque faces closure

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 23:05
South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, must close says local authorities.

VIDEO: Life as a disabled student

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 22:35
Campaigners say they fear that without help disabled students will be unable to cope with University life.

'Third Iraq War' - the papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 21:40
As MPs prepare to vote on UK military action against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, the front pages give their take on the possibility of war.

VIDEO: Top 50 FA Cup goals: Gazza's genius

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 21:24
BBC Sport looks back at 50 iconic FA Cup goals in the build-up to the first round proper, which takes place in November.

VIDEO: How to keep a troupe of horses happy

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 21:17
Ashleigh Nghiem reports on how the performing horses of the Cavalia circus are looked after.

Grooming concerns 'not followed up'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 21:14
A former employee at a Bradford children's home where underage girls were allegedly groomed by older men claims her concerns about child safety were not followed up.

Photos: Jeter Leaves Yankee Stadium With One Last Game-Winning Hit

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-25 21:11

Derek Jeter has gone out a winner in his final game at Yankee Stadium. His single in the ninth inning propelled the Yankees over Baltimore 6-5 Thursday night.

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Cyclist killed in lorry collision

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:59
A man in his 30s has died following a collision with a lorry outside Newry, County Down.

UKIP to promise income tax cuts

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:59
The UK Independence Party will unveil plans to cut income tax from 40p to 35p for people earning up to £55,000, at its conference later.

VIDEO: France launches cigarette crackdown

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:37
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

MPs to vote on IS Iraq air strikes

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:25
MPs will vote later on whether the UK should join US-led air strikes in Iraq, as the defence secretary warns the fight against Islamic State could be a "long haul" lasting up to three years.

Indonesia scraps local leader polls

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:24
Indonesia's parliament scraps direct elections for regional governors and mayors in a move widely seen as a blow for President-elect Joko Widodo.

Missing Alice police to search park

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:20
Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross are expected to begin searching a west London park.

UK faces 'five more years of cuts'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:12
The outgoing head of the civil service predicts another five years of UK government spending cuts - and says making them will be "even harder".

Australia-Cambodia deal worth $35m

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:09
Australia will pay Cambodia $35m over four years to take in transferred refugees, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says.

Cyprus ship migrants 'won't leave'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-25 20:05
Almost 300 people, said to be Syrian refugees, are refusing to disembark from a cruise ship that rescued them from a small boat stranded off Cyprus.