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Iran floats nuclear talks extension

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:30
Iran's foreign minister says talks with world powers on Iran's nuclear programme could be continued beyond Sunday's deadline.

Costa completes move to Chelsea

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:29
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa completes his transfer to Chelsea after signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:13

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.

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Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:08

The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.

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Science minister has tough job ahead

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:04
Greg Clark has a tough act to follow as the new science and universities minister, commentators say.

VIDEO: Powered paragliders at Farnborough

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:01
The BBC's Theo Leggett meets a firm displaying at the Farnborough Airshow which makes powered paragliders.

Triathlete Jenkins out of Games

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:57
Two-time world triathlon champion Helen Jenkins withdraws injured from Wales' team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:53

In case you missed it, a customer posted eight minutes of a bleak call with Comcast. His attempt to cancel his cable set a new standard for bad customer service.

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Two charged with historical abuse

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:47
Two men are charged by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse, alleged to date back to the late-1970s.

Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:38

Camu camu will soon dethrone açai — an Amazonian berry that's made its mark in the crowded health food market. Or so its promoters are claiming. We asked NPR's Brazil bureau to investigate.

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In Worst Attack In Years, 89 Afghans Killed By Suicide Bomber

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:36

The attack occurred Tuesday morning near a market in the eastern province of Paktika. At a time of political uncertainty, deadly attacks are taking place on a near-daily basis.

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Scotland 'failing' on asylum fraud

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:33
The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration singles out Scotland for failing to tackle benefit fraud by asylum seekers.

Warplane bombs town in east Ukraine

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:30
A warplane attacks a rebel-held town with rockets in eastern Ukraine, shattering homes and killing 11 people.

Afghan market bomb attack kills 89

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:26
A suicide bomb attack at a market in eastern Afghanistan kills 89 people, officials say, hours after the president's media team is attacked in Kabul.

VIDEO: Hogwarts opens doors to Japanese fans

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:23
Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch attended the opening ceremony of the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Osaka.

Nurse 'planned to eat teenage girl'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:22
A nurse with a cannibalism fetish planned to kill and eat a 14-year-old girl, a court hears during a graphic opening statement.

Fed warns on social media stocks

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:14
The US Federal Reserve warns of "stretched valuations" in social media and biotechnology firms as part of chair Janet Yellen's semi-annual report in front of Congress.

Kincora victim makes UK inquiry call

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:13
A man who was abused as a teenager at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast says the home should be included in a government inquiry into child sex abuse.

Van Gaal will spark revival - Robson

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:03
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson says new boss Louis van Gaal can turn the club into title challengers immediately.

Why Google and Novartis are teaming up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:00

First, there was Google Glass. Now, Google is getting into contact lenses, teaming up with the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. 

They're working on smart lenses that will be able to monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics through the natural tears in our eyes.  

Google and Novartis also say they’re developing another lens that can auto-focus the eye. It could help with reading, because as the eye ages, it’s harder to see things up close.   

The two companies complement each other pretty well: Google doesn’t need any money from Novartis, while Novartis can help Google navigate the clinical and regulatory side of things.

“They need more the expertise in terms of running clinical trials, getting approval from the FDA, and then marketing after approval,” says John Mack, who follows the pharmaceutical industry as publisher of "Pharma Marketing News."

Google could definitely use an FDA go-between. About five years ago, the FDA went after pharmaceutical companies about ads that popped up in Google searches. The FDA said the ads didn’t contain relevant risk information. 

The partnership also benefits Novartis. Its contact lens division, Alcon, will get a huge jump into smart contact lens technology with the deal. 

Novartis sees a lot of potential for contact lenses that monitor our health. The company says it sees the Google deal as an opportunity to “develop and commercialize” Google’s smart lens technology.

CORRECTION:  The original version of this story misidentified the publication of John Mack. The text has been corrected.

 

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