The girl who gets gifts from birds

An article byKaty Sewall – BBC news You can see all the pictures atwww.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026 Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it’s rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden – and they bring her gifts in…

Google Translate App Gets an Upgrade

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/google-translate-app-gets-an-upgrade/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&_r=0 By CONOR DOUGHERTY, JANUARY 14, 2015 3:01 AM Updated January 14, 2015 www.nytimes.com The idea of a universal translator — a device that can seamlessly translate between languages — has been a longtime fixture in science fiction. Technology hasn’t quite gotten there, even on Earth, but Google has come one step closer with an…

Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29929403 By Adam Brimelow,Health Correspondent, BBC News Updated at: 01:21 GMT November 17, 2014www.bbc.com A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said. Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And…

UK government to sell Eurostar stake before general election

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/13/government-sell-eurostar-election-osborne-channel-tunnel-train By Larry Elliott, economics editor, The Guardian Updated at: 13, October 2014 TheGuardian.com Osborne says he is looking for bids by end of month and hopes sale of 40% stake in Channel tunnel train firm raises £300m Eurostar has carried more than 145 million passengers since its services began in 1994. It made a…

Five banks fined £2bn by regulators over forex failings

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30016007 Updated at07:37 GMTNovember12,2014BBC.com Five banks have been collectively fined £2bn by UK and US regulators for failing to control business practices in foreign exchange trading operations. HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss bank UBS and US banks JP Morgan Chase and Citibank have all been fined. A separate probe into Barclays is continuing. The…

Faster Internet to the middle of the ocean

http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/03/technology/carnival-ocean-internet/index.html?iid=HP_LN&hpt=hp_t2By James O’Toole, CNNupdated12:06 AM ETNovember 3, 2014 CNN.comIt’s getting easier than ever to stay on the grid in the middle of the ocean. Carnival Cruise Lines(CCL)unveiled a long-range broadband system Monday designed to jumpstart Internet connections on its 101 ships. Passengers have had access to spotty satellite-based Internet for years, but Carnival says the…

Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS

http://www.cnn.es/2014/10/22/us/colorado-teens-syria-odyssey/index.html?hpt=hp_t1By Ben Brumfield, CNNupdated 8:23 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014 CNN.com (CNN) — The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter’s Denver areaschool to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn’t tell him…