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Fertility on a shoestring in South Africa

Infertility can be distressing for couples around the world, but in South Africa there is also a stigma attached to childlessness.<p>Fertility treatment is prohibitively expensive for most couples here, with some people becoming destitute trying to pay for it.<p>Health Check's Claudia Hammond visited one …

South Africa

This Pap-Test Alternative Is Just as Uncomfortable but Might Be More Accurate

I would have jumped at the chance to never again have my vagina pried open by a cold, ominous, salad-tongs-resembling plastic tool, only to have cells scraped from my cervix after more invasive poking-around with another frigid tool.<p><i>Sometimes doing things the old way is better. Sometimes not so</i> …

Cancer

Pro-Russian separatists in Slavyansk prepare for Ukrainian military assault – video

Pro-Russian militants in Slavyansk arm themselves with heavy weapons and fortify barricades while they wait for the Ukrainian army to try to retake the eastern city. The rebels shoot down two Ukrainian military helicopters over Slavyansk, in the latest wave of clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Security 101: 6 Safety Essentials For Renters

Living in your own apartment is not like living in a dorm or your parents’ home. Often times, we take our safety for granted. But if you’re going to live in your own rental, with or without roommates, there are a few precautions you should put in place to help make your apartment secure.<p><b>1. Get new</b> …

Euro moments: 'Thank God for Englishmen!'

<i>This sketch from the BBC archives satirises a phrase that while in common usage at the time, contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>Britain's relationship with its European neighbours has often been fraught when it comes to political and economic union.<p>This sketch by David Kernan, Willie …

Charles de Gaulle

End of the lime: Why the fruit shortage is so unsettling

There’s no definitive link to climate change, but this much is clear: Agriculture is less predictable than ever<p>My first inkling of the Great American Lime Crisis of 2014 came when I ordered a vodka tonic in Washington, D.C., recently. I didn’t think much about it when my server told me the …

U.S. Creates 288,000 Jobs In April, Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.3%

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.<p>Here's more from the Associated Press:<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to …

The week in 34 photos

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Got 15 Million Signups For Its Newest Phablet

But earlier today, Xiaomi had a lot of people freaking out when it tweeted that it got a whopping 122 million pre-orders for the phone.<p>According to a Xiaomi spokesperson, the tweet is wrong. The company actually got 15 million signups on its website for the RedMi Note.<p>It's unclear why Xiaomi …

Mobile

Xiaomi gets 15 million pre-orders for its RedMi Note

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi has received 15 million pre-orders for its upcoming large screen device, the RedMi Note. Details of the RedMi Note started to emerge a couple of months ago and it looks like interest in the device has been amazing.<p>The Redmi Note will use MediaTek’s octa-core …

Mobile

US economy records bumper jobs growth in April

<b>The US economy created 288,000 jobs in April, the strongest monthly job creation since January 2012.</b><p>The largest jobs gain came in professional and business services, which added 75,000 jobs during the month.<p>The unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, according to the latest figures from the US Labor …

Economy

Does the next Call of Duty story have the juice to produce $1B in sales?

Call of Duty games always have the pyrotechnics and weaponry to satisfy gamers. But to generate more than a billion dollars in sales in less than a month after launch, the main story has to be good. Forced by leaks to reveal its Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game early, Activision has clearly …

Why America's Essentials Are Getting More Expensive While Its Toys Are Getting Cheap

The past decade in prices—and the story it tells about poverty and America.<p>In the last ten years, what's gotten more expensive? And what's gotten less expensive?<p>Here's a fascinating snapshot of the last decade in American prices...<p>It comes from Annie Lowrey's look at U.S. poverty, which is …

Watch SpaceX’s rocket float 3,280 feet above the cows — then smoothly land on the prairie

SpaceX’s latest reusable rocket test was a success — and a stunning one at that.<p>Elon Musk’s spacecraft company yesterday tested its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, bringing it to an altitude of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) before safely guiding it down to the Texas grasslands.<p>Even better, SpaceX filmed the …

The Good Listener: Is It Fair To Call A Band A Sellout?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon games we purchased for our kids even though they're entirely indistinguishable from the other Pokemon games we've purchased for our kids is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Lions, rare golden monkeys and Indian weaverbirds are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world

30,000 Packs Of Allergy Medication Are Being Recalled

The FDA said the recall was due to "an unacceptable level of blister defects," or problems with the pills' packaging.<p>These medications are generic versions of Claritin, called loratadin, specifically the slow-release pills with added decongestant. The recall affects drugs sold in California, Ohio, …

New Jersey

LG’s flagship Android smartphone detailed in leaked pictures

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>LG will be holding a launch event for its new flagship smartphone, the LG G3, on May 27, according to an invitation sent to …

Popular login services have a security hole, but Facebook and Microsoft can't fix it

The recent Heartbleed scare caused a huge stir, even though it was effectively fixed before it even happened. There are other sorts of security holes, however, which can't be plugged so readily, and which affected companies therefore have less incentive to publicize. A researcher in Singapore, Wang …

Netflix Takes Net Neutrality Fight Straight To The Top

By Alina Selyukh<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After weeks of public outcry, Netflix Inc brought its concerns about Internet neutrality directly to U.S. regulators this week in meetings with Federal Communications Commission staff, according to sources familiar with the matter.<p>The video streaming company …

How to Make a Map Go Viral

A conversation with the mapmaker whose creations circumnavigate the Internet.<p>Where do we live—or, rather, where do we not live?<p>In the map above, you can see all the Census districts of the United States for which the government records no residents. According to researchers, at least, no one lives …

What you actually get when the package is labelled “Organic”

When US shoppers buy organic, they’re usually confused about what they’re getting. A new survey (pdf) by the Consumer Reports National Research Center finds that 84% of US adults sometimes buy organic-labeled food (and 45% buy it once a month or more.) But the majority of survey respondents were …

Agriculture

10 things we didn't know last week

<b>1. There can be</b> up to 30 security features on a single bank note.<p>Find out more (Financial Times)<p><b>2. The code A113</b> is implanted in every Pixar movie.<p>Find out more (Huffington Post)<p><b>3. Pennsylvania is the</b> most linguistically rich US state - it has five dialects, compared with the typical two or …

Time Inc.

Teens are going completely bananas for the new Snapchat

Snapchat yesterday launched its biggest update yet, which added disappearing texts and instant video calls to the ephemeral messaging service. The update seems to have gone over well with some of the app's highly engaged teenage user base. High school teacher Tracie Schroeder tweeted that her …

When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?

You've made a commitment to yoga to improve your health.<p>So there you are in class, with a teacher you've never had before. And while you're flipping your down dog, you realize you're not exactly flipping over the teacher.<p>Maybe the teacher is a yoga bully: "OK, everybody up for wheel! People in the …

A New Android Phone Will Have The Sharpest Screen You’ve Seen Yet

New photos of the handset have leaked online, providing a closer look at what LG's upcoming Galaxy S5 rival will probably look like.<p>The phone will be called the LG G3, aptly named as the successor to the company's current G2 flagship.<p>The leaked photos, which were initially published by Korean …

Phones