Global Scan

Move over, Facebook. Now Google says it will use high-flying drones to power the Internet


Facebook is reported to be considering a purchase of Titan Aerospace in order to extend Internet access to corners of the globe that have had to go without.


Titan Aerospace

Titan Aerospace, a tech company developing solar-powered, high-flying drones, will have a new owner.

Google on Monday announced that it would pick up the company, which had been linked to Facebook earlier this year, to help it provide Internet connectivity and, perhaps, even electricity to remote areas of the globe that are currently disconnected. The New Mexico-based company is slated to begin operations in 2015.

The service will work with Google's existing Project Loon, which uses high altitude balloons to provide Internet connectivity to underserved areas. Gigaom has the details.

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When does pregnant not really mean pregnant?

In Russian, the word for pregnancy is beremenaya, roughly translated as burden. In the Malawian language of Chichewa, there are three words for pregnancy: matenda, wodwala and pakati. All of the three translate roughly as ill, or even "between life and death." But while it might be tempting to make a lot about cultural views of pregnancy based on these literal translations, PRI's The World reports that's probably not the best idea. This is the latest installment in our special series on pregnancy and motherhood, The Ninth Month.

Bet you didn't have this marathon on your calendar before

North Korea's annual Pyongyang marathon become a whole lot less exclusive this year, with the reclusive communist government opening up the race to amateur runners. The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, as its officially known, is sanctioned as a bronze-label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations and has been held for 27 years. According to The Guardian, this year was different, with race officials opening it to anyone who could finish the course in four hours.

The economically strapped North Korea in recent years has opened up to more tourists, with tight restrictions, in an effort to bring in more hard currency. Officials said they were allowing more foreigners to participate in this year's race "as part of the series of sporting competitions, arts festivals and cultural events marking the birthday of the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung, on 15 April."

How should we best remember the Boston Marathon attacks?

There are two camps on the Boston Marthon bombers — those who are willing to discuss the suspects in the case, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and those who don't ever want to hear their names mentioned. And there's very little gray area.

PRI's The World's Jeb Sharp has been reporting on the attacks in preparation for the one-year anniversary of the attacks on Tuesday. You can hear her report on Tuesday — part of a special edition of The World live from downtown Boston — but over the weekend she wrote a blog post for us, exploring this issue of how to deal with the attacks — and the two men suspected of perpetrating them.

In Brazil's private health system, C-sections are the rules

Brazil has a widely used publicly funded health system, but it also has a privately funded, fee-for-service system that looks a lot like our system here in the US. But one area where it's very different is in the popularity of C-sections. According to an article in The Atlantic, as many as 82 percent of women opt for C-section births, but oftentimes the doctors are pushing them, because C-section deliveries are easier to schedule and therefore doctors can earn more money.

But even in public hospitals, C-sections make up as much as half of all births, compared to about a third of births in the US. Brazilian officials have highlighted the high rate of C-sections, even devoting $4 billion to an effort dubbed the Stork Network, to promote natural childbirths.

What we're seeing on social

The attack on a Jewish community center in Kansas is an example of the rise in anti-semitic attacks around the world.

Weather around the world

If want to catch a lunar eclipse, now is your chance. Monday night, and three more times over the next 12 months, the Earth will come directly between the sun and a full moon, causing a full lunar eclipse. The moon will take on a decidedly reddish tint, before darkening completely. Monday night's eclipse will occur starting as 2 a.m. ET (more precisely Tuesday morning) or 11 a.m. PT. CNET explains how the clipse works, and when else you can catch it.

NSA is all seeing — except where it counts

The limits of NSA eavesdropping are becoming clear.


(c) Arend Van Dam, Landsmeer, Netherlands

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