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Uber's valuation is surging

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 01:30

That's the Austin, Texas metro area's "economic segregation index," and it's the highest of the country's big cities. Two researchers from the University of Toronto devised the metric, the Washington Post reported, which shows how likely residents with disparate income, education and occupation are to live in separate neighborhoods.


That's how much a cubic metre of water costs businesses in Los Angeles. That's pretty cheap, especially considering that when you factor in water scarcity and the likelihood of drought, it should cost more like $5.97. And L.A. isn't the only city where water costs beer prices for champagne tastes. It's a problem across the U.S.

$2.6 billion

Speaking of water, it will cost Washington D.C. an estimated $2.6 billion to complete an underground tunnel system that can handle excess water when storms hit. Right now, flooding water can only go into sewage pipes, creating a cocktail of rain and raw sewage that ends up flowing directly into the rivers. With the new pipe system, the mixture will have a place to go to be stored and treated. And for those who scoff at the price tag, some would argue that its better to pay preventative costs to handle flooding rather than deal with the damage after the fact.

$41 billion

Uber's valuation as of its latest round of fundraising, more than double what it was worth in June. The Verge has an interactive graphic showing just how far the the tech start-up bubble has expanded, with valuations and fundraising for the biggest companies on a spectacular rise in the last year alone.

$1.087 billion

The global box office gross of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which was set in the U.S. but featured an explosive climax in Hong Kong. That diversity in setting — or having no Earth-bound setting at all — defined global box office winners in 2014, according to an analysis by CityLab.

8 regions

Napa Valley may soon be sour grapes. Over at Bloomberg, they've profiled 8 regions which are up-and-coming in the wine industry. Thanks to factors like changing tastes and climate change, places like Tokaj, Hungary and the Republic of Georgia are producing bottles worth uncorking.

VIDEO: 'Gerbils not rats' carried the plague

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 01:21
Scientists say that black rats may not have been to blame for outbreaks of the bubonic plague across medieval Europe.

VIDEO: Children make WW2 documentary

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 01:12
Schoolchildren across the UK are getting an opportunity to make their own documentary films about World War Two to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Teenage pregnancies hit record low

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:57
The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales has continued to drop, data shows.

Broadchurch to return, ITV confirms

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:55
David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series of hit ITV drama Broadchurch, ITV confirms.

VIDEO: Teenager hails new bionic hand

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:47
A teenage girl has spoken of the change in her life after being given a bionic hand - the technology for which is being developed by scientists on Tyneside.

Greens launch election campaign

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:30
Green leader Natalie Bennett calls for a "citizen's income" as she launches her party's key themes for the general election campaign.

VIDEO: Peanut allergies 'preventable' in babies

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:23
A new study shows that eating peanut products early in life can prevent young children from becoming allergic to them, the BBC's Jane Dreaper reports.

Imitation Game leads Empire Awards

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:03
The critics have had their say, now it’s time for film fans to choose their favourite movies of the past 12 months.

Stone carved head stolen from abbey

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:02
Police investigate the theft of a unique stone carved head from a church near Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Paris targeted in night drone mystery

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:54
Drones are seen flying over several sensitive landmarks in Paris in a night-time mystery that French police say is being taken seriously.

'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:52

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:51

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. But small towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:50

Oklahoma oil is expensive to produce, so the sharp drop in prices has forced many drilling companies to cut jobs. If prices stay low, the pain could spread to the banks that finance the oil industry.

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In LA, Missing Kindergarten Is A Big Deal

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:48

Research shows that missing school in the crucial early days of school leads to problems later on. In Los Angeles, educators are working to raise kindergarten attendance.

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Few lobbyists expected on register

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:46
The woman in charge of the government's new register of lobbyists says she expects "quite a low level" of applicants when it opens in March.

How Do You Market To Millennials?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:46

Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year. NPR asked some in this group how brands and corporations can get their attention.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:42

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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As Homeland Security Steps Up Cybercrime Fight, Tech Industry Wary

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:37

The Department of Homeland Security, an agency repeatedly criticized for internal mismanagement and bloat, is the cornerstone of the new White House initiative to fight cybercrime.

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2022 World Cup 'to begin in November'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:36
A Fifa taskforce recommends that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be shortened and take place in November and December.