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Five European golds for Great Britain

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:47
Golds for Susie Rodgers, Ollie Hynd, Hannah Russell, Steph Millward & Sascha Kindred at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Wasn't the US going to start using the metric system?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:37

There was a point not all that long ago when schools taught the metric system because it was "just a matter of time" until the United States ditched pounds, miles and inches.

Well, this adaptation has yet to happen, and who knows if it ever will?

"One thing that shocked me was that the first measure that was completely decimalized was the U.S dollar," says John Bemelmans Marciano, author of "Whatever Happened to the Metric System?". "And we largely have Thomas Jefferson to thank for that."

President Jefferson suggested the use of a decimal currency in 1782.

"It took about 100 years for decimals to catch on for everyday transactions," says Bemelmans Marciano. 

Hear the full conversation in the audio player above.

'Heavy fighting' erupts in Donetsk

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:28
Heavy fighting erupts in a suburb of the eastern Ukrainian rebel bastion of Donetsk, local officials say.

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:26

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.

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Why Fat Grizzlies Don't Get Diabetes Like We Do

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:20

Before hibernating, grizzly bears get fat fast — but they don't get metabolic problems like diabetes. Understanding how fat bears stay healthy could lead to better treatments for humans.

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Those little Intel microchips were famous, somehow

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:10

In the early 2000s, Intel was named the most valuable manufacturing company in the world. 

Michael Malone, author of the book, "The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company", told us "at one point, Intel was one of the best known brand names in the world, which is insane if you think about it... this is a company wasn’t selling to consumers, it was selling chips to go onto motherboards, to go into somebody else’s personal computer, to be sold at Costco."

Intel has since been overshadowed by newer tech companies. Malone says techology has become so pervasive, the  microprocessors fueling daily lives are taken for granted.

"For most of the 21st Century, it’s been all about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and apps. And we forget, because we are so used to them now, that all that stuff rests upon hardware," says Malone. "Without the hardware, devices, chips, and especially the microprocessors it all grinds to a halt."

VIDEO: What will Rosetta spacecraft do?

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:04
Scientists are poised for a key moment in the history of space exploration when a spacecraft attempts to rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday.

Three US migrant shelters to close

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:57
Three emergency shelters housing an influx of children from Central America who entered the US illegally will be closed because numbers are falling.

Ireland stun champions New Zealand

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:56
Ireland beat champions New Zealand 17-14 in the Women's World Cup and are on course to qualify for the semi-finals.

Doritos Inventor's Grandson Sees Dollar Signs ln Healthful Food

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:24

Tim West's grandfather was an executive for Frito-Lay, and the 30-year-old entrepreneur grew up on junk food. But he now wants to shake up the food system with healthful, sustainable eats.

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:21

The most effective drug we have against malaria is losing its potency in Southeast Asia. Doctors can still cure most forms of the disease, but it takes longer and more medications.

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VIDEO: Trees felled over disease outbreak

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:19
Thousands of trees are being cut down in a Belfast forest following the discovery of a disease in some species.

In A Video, A Frank Back-And-Forth Between 'DREAMers' And Congressman

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:17

The conversation was a vivid illustration of the tough questions posed by current immigration debate.

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Warsi quitting won't change policy

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:15
Baroness Warsi's resignation won't change UK policy on Gaza

VIDEO: End of the road for The Inbetweeners

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:12
The cast of The Inbetweeners talk to BBC Breakfast

Lorry fire causes 77-mile diversion

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:11
Drivers forced to make a 77-mile diversion after a fire breaks out on a lorry on the A9 just north of the Berriedale Braes in Caithness.

McIlroy plays down talk of 'Rory era'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:11
Open champion Rory McIlroy says his recent form is not 'the start of an era' as he prepares for the US PGA Championship.

Rosetta: The story so far

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:11
The challenges ahead for Europe's comet chaser

Sunderland sign Rodwell in £10m deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:09
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell joins Sunderland on a five-year-deal for an undisclosed fee, thought to be about £10m.

Overpayment row firms to repay £700k

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 09:08
Three firms of contractors accused of receiving £18m in overpayments will repay £700,000 to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
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