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VIDEO: 'Plug and play': Solar charging a PC

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 06:12
A solar power system has been developed that allows computers to work while they are being charged.

Harris 'a dirty old man', jury told

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 06:10
Rolf Harris's youngest alleged victim tells a court the veteran entertainer is a "dirty old man" who assaulted her "out of nowhere".

AUDIO: Are schools ready for free meals?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:58
Are English schools ready to serve free meals in September?

VIDEO: 50,000 gallons of oil on LA streets

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:51
An oil pipe in Los Angeles has broken, spilling an estimated 50,000 gallons (190,000 litres) of oil in the streets.

Police advice at 'legal high' school

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:45
Police are attending a school to offer "support and reassurance" and carry out further inquiries after a group of pupils experimented with a "legal high".

VIDEO: 'Not many choices' in Damascus

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:39
Syrian businessman Ammar Sinan is one of many dealing with the challenges of daily life in Damascus. He runs two companies in the capital.

El Nino 'reduces major crop yields'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:23
El Nino events, which affect temperature and rainfall levels, can have a significant impact on the yield of certain major food crops, a study shows.

Cold weather hits Wal-Mart profits

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:20
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, reports a fall in profits due to particularly cold winter weather.

VIDEO: 'Raiders of lost wrecks' found guilty

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:11
Two men have pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of rare artefacts from wrecks off Britain's coast.

Which names do merged businesses discard?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 05:04
Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have merged to form Dixons Carphone. But when two businesses merge, what's the best way to marry their names

VIDEO: Sao Paulo: No rainy season this year

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:54
Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city is facing a serious water shortage, with water levels in its main reservoir at their lowest level since records began.

School crash driver 'faint' theory

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:53
The driver of a car which crashed into children and parents outside a school may have fainted during a coughing fit, his trial hears.

FM will not sack 'conflict' minister

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:52
First Minister Alex Salmond dismisses opposition demands to sack his health secretary after he was accused of "deceiving" parliament.

The cost of fast food meals calculated in worker wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:50

The push to raise fast food worker pay in the U.S. has just gone global. As day broke on May 15 around the world this morning, fast food restaurants from the Filipino capital of Manila, to mid-town Manhattan have seen flash mobs and protest signs. Workers at McDonalds, Burger Kings, Wendy’s and KFC’s across more than 30 countries are planning actions today.

How does fast-food work in the U.S. compare to other countries? First, you need to understand how important international markets have become for the fast food industry, which has by now just about saturated the U.S. market.

Take, for example, McDonalds. Today more than 70 percent of its sales come from overseas. One of the people who rings up all those burgers and fries is Taylor McLoon, 18, a McDonald’s cashier in Auckland, New Zealand. In New Zealand minimum wage is much higher than in the U.S., and McDonald's workers are unionized.

After three years working at the company, McLoon says she now makes $14.80 an hour in New Zealand Dollars—that’s about $12.80 in U.S. Dollars. When she recently visited Philadelphia, and told some McDonald's workers there how much she earns, they were “shocked, surprised, excited,” she recalls. “A lot of the expressions were ‘Holy—‘ Something-I’m-Not-Gonna-Say.”

But in other parts of the world, the $8 an hour or so wage that many U.S. fast food workers get seems pretty good, according to restaurant analyst Peter Saleh with Telsey Advisory Group. He came up with an interesting calculation to compare wages for KFC workers in China and the U.S.: how many hours did they need to work to afford a typical meal at the restaurant that employs them.

In the U.S., it takes about an hour’s worth of wages, Saleh says. “In China, you probably have to work three or four hours to be able to afford one of those meals.”

Just One-Third Of People Can Tell If You're Faking That Laugh

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:37

Plenty of primates laugh, but only humans fake it. So what are we getting out of that phony chuckle? Perhaps an unfair advantage at work and in social situations, researchers say.

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Turkish Mine Explosion: Angry Protests As Death Toll Rises

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:32

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested such accidents are unavoidable, thousands of people flocked to protests calling for his resignation.

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VIDEO: Opening the doors on animal testing

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:23
UK animal researchers have signed a pledge to be transparent about the nature of their experiments. In a film for BBC Newsnight, surgeon Gabriel Weston considers the pros and cons of testing and is given access to a medical research facility.

AUDIO: Oscar Isaac on his Star Wars role

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:21
Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac talks about his role in Star Wars: Episode VII

Google receives 'forget me' requests

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:16
A former politician and a convicted paedophile are among those asking Google to remove links following the right to be forgotten ruling.

3D printing used to model shark skin

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 04:13
Scientists use a 3D-printed model of shark skin to show how tooth-like scales help the predators to cruise efficiently.
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