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VIDEO: The story behind your pearls

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:44
With the overproduction of cultured pearls in recent years, natural pearls are becoming more of a rarity and technology is getting more sophisticated so as to untangle the differences between the two.

VIDEO: The man who draws your tweets

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:39
The man who draws your tweets and tweets them back

Inside Mexico's feared Sinaloa drugs cartel

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:37
Meeting the hitmen of Mexico's feared Sinaloa drugs cartel

The latest cryptocurrency: Guncoin

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:26

From the pages of cryptocoinsnews.com, this item: Guncoin is now a thing.

It went live on May 1. As a result -- and this is a quote from the Guncoin website -- of "the love of firearms, computing and investing."

They say a maximum of 500 million coins can ever be mined.  In their words: "A portion of that (10% / 50 million) was set aside to be given as rewards for crowdfunding and IPCO contributors."

Yeah. Guncoin.

 

 

 

South Korea ferry what we know

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:16
What we know about the Sewol sinking

Observing the crowd: Bob Collins

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:13
Londoners seen through the lens of Bob Collins

VIDEO: Mini-satellites' new view of Earth

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:10
Richard Taylor reports on the low-cost satellite technology providing revolutionary ways to view life on Earth.

Mini-satellites watch life on Earth

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:09
Mini-satellites show new views of life on Earth

Two meals a day 'can treat diabetes'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:05
Only eating breakfast and lunch may be more effective at managing type 2 diabetes than eating smaller, more regular meals, scientists say.

School zig-zag parking tickets double

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:03
The number of tickets issued to people who stop or park on the restricted zig-zag area outside schools has almost doubled, according to official figures.

Three caught with bomb in car jailed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:50
Three men who pleaded guilty to having a bomb in a car are each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

A Complicated First: A Black Editor Takes The Helm At The Gray Lady

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:47

When The New York Times removed Jill Abramson from the top editor spot at the paper — the first woman in the role — the publisher replaced her with Dean Baquet — the first black person in that job.

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Ship prompts Galapagos emergency

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:38
Ecuador declares an emergency in the Galapagos islands, saying a stranded cargo vessel poses a threat to the archipelago's fragile ecosystem.

Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:31

The most prominent feature on the solar system's largest planet has been shrinking for years, and NASA says it's now smaller than ever.

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VIDEO: Rescued boy hails his cat hero

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:13
A cat in the US has rescued a four-year-old boy who was being attacked by a dog.

Jay Z family ‘united’ despite fight

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:07
Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange release a statement saying they are a “united family” despite leaked footage showing them fighting in hotel lift.

VIDEO: PM 'passionate about UK'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:06
David Cameron says his message to Scottish voters ahead of the referendum on independence is "unrelentingly positive".

A UK industry driven by foreign firms

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 14:01
What UK economy could learn from foreign-owned car industry

VIDEO: Wolf Hall plays in the West End

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 13:51
The stage versions of Hilary Mantel's historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are having a limited season in the West End.

At times, Netflix movies make up a third of traffic

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 13:51

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to open its latest net neutrality proposal to public comments.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has said the commission is "dedicated to protecting and preserving an open internet." Much of the debate around the current proposal has focused on the agreement between Netflix and Comcast, in which Netflix pays extra to guarantee its content is delivered to homes without delay. Netflix accounts for about a third of peak-period broadband traffic. So what does that mean for the net neutrality debate?

"I don't think it matters," says Barbara van Schewick, faculty director of the Center for Internet and Society at the Stanford Law School, "because under a good network neutrality regime, people pay for the bandwidth they use and it doesn't really matter where it comes from."

For example, think about the way we pay for electricity in the summer. A much larger portion of the energy we use is generated by air conditioners. "We don't say the electricity companies should be charging the air conditioning producers for the fact that they create all this demand for electricity," van Schewick says.

Under net neutrality, the same rules would apply to the internet. Broadband providers couldn't charge based on the type of content, or its source. So Netflix or email or Spotify would all be treated the same. Users could only be charged on the amount of bandwidth used.

And Netflix, being a video streaming service, takes up lots of bandwidth. "I think it's important to know that Netflix pays for that," says John Blevins, a law professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. Netflix pays a substantial amount to send out its shows through the internet. "The concern," says Blevins, "is that the internet companies, because they own essentially the driveway to your house, the only way into your house, they want to charge Netflix twice."

That second charge is what's often called paid prioritization, which is currently allowed by the FCC. Over the next 120 days the FCC will take comments from the public on whether that policy should stand.

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