National / International News

UK relatives seek bodies' return

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:10
Relatives of passengers killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash are calling for the bodies of their loved ones to be returned home.

AUDIO: Kerry Israel remarks caught on mic

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:08
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on an open microphone talking to an aide about the Gaza crisis.

£3.5m country park revamp approved

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:01
Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian are approved.

VIDEO: The oddities of the City of London

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:52
The Corporation of London is the body that runs the City and is a quirk of centuries of history.

Day in pictures: 21 July 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:51
24 hours of news photos: 21 July

Tesco boss feels 'relief' over exit

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:49
Tesco says chief executive Philip Clarke expresses his 'enormous relief' over leaving the company.

VIDEO: The six-year hair pulling selfie

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:46
Documenting hair pulling condition on YouTube

Drogba in talks over Chelsea return

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:24
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is considering returning to Chelsea on a one-year deal for the coming season.

'Pain-patch' warning to patients

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:21
Patients using patches containing potent painkillers are being urged to ensure they are thrown away carefully.

Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:18

In a statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this tragedy wouldn't have happened if Ukraine had not restarted operations along its eastern border.

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Is it worth lightning-proofing homes in the UK?

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:14
When is it worth installing a lightning rod?

Remove Cook as captain - Vaughan

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:11
Alastair Cook should be removed as England captain and replaced by Eoin Morgan, says former skipper Michael Vaughan.

Birmingham named as HS2 headquarters

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:10
The headquarters for construction of the HS2 rail line is to be based in Birmingham, it is revealed.

Cannibalism case nurse found guilty

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:04
A nurse who fantasised about killing and eating a teenage girl is convicted of trying to meet a girl through sexual grooming.

Philip Clarke feels 'enormous relief' as he quits Tesco

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:03
Philip Clarke feels 'enormous relief' as he quits Tesco

Design: where dollars are scarce and need is great

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:00

In a Stanford classroom crowded with Post-it notes and duct tape, Dr. Shankar Rai, a plastic surgeon from Nepal, is wearing a hand splint made out of Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners. He’s giving feedback on a prototype made by graduate students in a class called "Design for Extreme Affordability". Currently, the only splints available in Nepal cost upwards of $50. The students are aiming to do better.

Here in the U.S., we’ve got asthma inhalers at every doctor’s office, baby incubators at every hospital, and irrigation systems at most every farm that needs one. But in some places in the developing world, many of these technologies are just too expensive to use. American design schools are trying to change that by teaming up with NGOs around the world to get truly affordable products to market.

Rai works with the non-profit Resurge International to improve care for burn victims in Nepal. One of his main problems is the cost of supplies for the operating room: If a patient shows up at a government hospital, the surgery may be free, but “dressing materials, sutures, all those things will be bought by the family.”

When families can’t afford those supplies, Rai says burns turn into lifelong disabilities. So Resurge submitted a “wish list” to Stanford’s design school. Included on that list is a splint that could be made for less than $10.

“Small non-profits don’t have the luxury of having their own designers and their own R+D  teams,” says Jim Patell, who teaches the design class.

According to Patell, both NGOs and students are trying out ideas others might see as too risky. When publicly-traded companies come up with new products, they have to decide who their next customers will be: affluent consumers in the West, or people living on a few dollars a day in places like rural Nepal.

They can think about it very deeply,” says Patell, “and find out that, yeah, developing the next product for the Western world is the responsible thing to do for their investors.”

Universities don’t have to answer to investors, and initiatives like Patell’s class have sprouted at schools all over the country.

Amy Smith, who founded the D-Lab at MIT, says student designers sometimes benefit from their lack of expertise:They may come in with a very new way of doing things, because they’re not concerned that it can’t be done that way, and therefore they find a way to do it.”

Failure is part of the process too. And even though his students “get it right” less than half the time, Patell says, Design for Extreme Affordability counts 32 student projects that have found new life as NGOs or even for-profit companies.

Duchess to make solo trip to Malta

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:57
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Malta later this year in her first official overseas trip without Prince William, Kensington Palace confirms.

Evan Davis to present Newsnight

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:52
Evan Davis is to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, the BBC announces.

Gaza conflict: UN urges ceasefire

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:49
The UN Security Council calls for an immediate Gaza ceasefire as the number of Palestinians killed during Israel's military operation passes 500.

VIDEO: BBC witnesses 'panic' near Donetsk

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:48
Fergal Keane reports from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where heavy fighting has been heard and "people are panicking".
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