December 11th, 2014
Episode 121 of 865 episodes
Russia's central bank has hiked interest rates by one full percentage point in response to the falling rouble - the Russian currency has lost nearly 50% of its value against the dollar this year. We hear from the streets of Moscow on what this means for ordinary Russians, as well as from a Russian economist on where the economy is heading. A long-simmering row between newspaper publishers and Google has just exploded again, with Google pulling the plug on its Google News service in Spain - we get the latest from Madrid. A new study suggests there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, weighing a total of nearly 270,000 tons. A Greenpeace scientist gives their view. And, do you struggle to finish a book? If so, don't worry, you are not alone. New research has highlighted the books that most people struggle to finish.
From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.