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Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 13:15

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.

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Your Wallet: The cost of elder care

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-08 13:14

The cost of elder care continues to rise, along with the number of people who need it.

Are you taking care of an older relative? Or planning to?

Tell us on Twitter @MarketplaceWknd or email us, we'd love to hear your story.

Brown sets out more powers timetable

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 13:03
Former prime minister Gordon Brown sets out a timetable for boosting the Scottish Parliament's powers in the event of a vote against independence.

Liberia 'faces huge Ebola surge'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 12:40
Ebola is spreading exponentially in Liberia, with many thousands of new cases expected in next three weeks, the World Health Organization says.

Researcher Urges Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 12:24

Genetic tests are recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer. One researcher says all women should be screened, but others say there's not enough evidence that they are at risk.

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CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 12:02

A spike in severe respiratory infections in children has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking doctors and patients to act quickly if children have difficulty breathing and wheezing.

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New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 11:52

The Drug Enforcement Administration is loosening up its rules so that people will have more ways of disposing of drugs that can be risky to keep around after they're no longer needed.

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Hawks Seek Buyer After NBA Team's Owner Reveals Racially Charged Email

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 11:36

Controlling owner Bruce Levenson said he had voluntarily told the league about the 2012 email. In it, Levenson asked if the Atlanta Hawks' black fans were keeping white season-ticket holders away.

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It's not you, it's my cost-benefit calculations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-08 11:24

Companies have lots of ways of optimizing for the best results. Big data, customer satisfaction and good old cost-benefit analysis are, of course, the buzz words of the moment

As writer Josh Freedman made clear in a story at McSweeney's Internet Tendency, they are popping up everywhere

Susan, we need to talk. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. About us. I really like you, but ever since we met in that econ class in college I knew there was something missing from how I felt: quantitative reasoning. We can say we love each other all we want, but I just can’t trust it without the data. And after performing an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of our relationship, I just don’t think this is working out.

Listen to his piece adapted for the radio in the player above. 

 

Susan, we need to talk. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. About us. I really like you, but ever since we met in that econ class in college I knew there was something missing from how I felt: quantitative reasoning. We can say we love each other all we want, but I just can’t trust it without the data. And after performing an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of our relationship, I just don’t think this is working out.

Please know that this decision was not rash. I just made a series of quantitative calculations. The calculations are fairly simple. Sex with you grants me seventeen utils of pleasure, but I derive negative utils from all of the cuddling afterwards.

Meanwhile, I could be doing plenty of other things. I could be drinking at the Irishman with a bunch of friends from work. I derive between 20 and 28 utils from hitting on girls at the bar. However, most of those girls don’t laugh at my jokes, which drives down utils gained. 

I know this breakup might come as a bit of a shock to you. I have included in my calculations the fact that as a courtesy I will have to pay for this dinner in its entirety, which, given the gender parity we have previously expressed in our relationship, would normally cost me only half that.

In the meantime, I need to get back home. My utility calculations tell me that the best thing I can do right now is strip down to my boxers, microwave a quesadilla, and watch a bunch of episodes of The Wire. It might seem strange and horribly unproductive, but it’s not me — it’s just my utility function.

Healthy Food? Huddle House Won't Be Serving That Anytime Soon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:53

Huddle House says its customers don't want healthy options or calorie counts. But by defying healthy trends, the chain seems increasingly — and unapologetically — out of step with the competition.

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PE funding has 'positive effect'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:43
Children in nine out of 10 primary schools in England are getting better PE lessons thanks to new sport funding, suggests research for the government.

VIDEO: 'I was tricked by match.com scammer'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:36
Sarah Jane Johnson fell victim to an elaborate scam and handed over hundreds of pounds even though she had concerns.

AUDIO: Palin 'honoured' to narrate Clangers

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:28
Actor Michael Palin says he feels "honoured" at being chosen as the new narrator of The Clangers.

Iran arrests 'fighters bound for IS'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:26
Iran says it has arrested Afghan and Pakistani citizens who were trying to join Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Boy held over school knife attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:19
A teenage schoolboy who disappeared after a fellow pupil and a teacher were attacked with a knife is arrested.

Hundreds of US children hit by virus

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:12
Hundreds of children across the US have been treated for a rare respiratory virus and more cases are expected in the next few weeks, doctors say.

Apple hires watch guru before launch

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 09:59
The designer, a long-time friend of Jonathan Ive, joins Apple, prompting speculation about its rumoured wearable technology plans.

From A Chinese Apartment To Wall Street Darling: The Rise Of Alibaba

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 09:54

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's initial public stock offering in New York is expected to be one of the biggest ever. It's come a long way since a former English teacher founded it in 1999.

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VIDEO: Men guilty of dating website scam

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-08 09:50
Four people have been convicted at Winchester crown court over a match.com scam.

In The County Where Ebola First Struck Liberia, A Cry For Help

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-08 09:43

The virus reportedly crossed the border from Guinea into lush Lofa County in March. Health workers risk their lives to care for the sick — and are "flabbergasted" at the lack of international aid.

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