How did FBI unlock dead gunman's iPhone?
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:22:51 GMT
Colorful demise of a sun-like star
Our sun will eventually burn out and shroud itself with stellar debris, but not for another 5 billion years. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:49:25 EDT
Ice Man, Ötzi: A treacherous murder with links to Central Italy
The copper used to make Ötzi's axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume. His murder over 5,000 years ago seems to have been brought about due to a personal conflict a few days before his demise, and the man from the ice, despite his normal weight and active life-style, suffered from extensive vascular calcification. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:01:05 EDT
Greenland rising as ice melts
A new study on the Greenland Ice Sheet provides valuable insight on climate change, using unique research methods to establish new estimates of ice loss for both modern and ancient times, says geologists. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:37:32 EDT
Melatonin, biological clock keep singing fish on time
In the 1980s, people living on houseboats in the San Francisco Bay were puzzled by a droning hum of unknown origin that started abruptly in the late evening and stopped suddenly in the morning. A lengthy investigation revealed the culprit: male plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus) that sing at night to attract mates. The fish, which can grow to 15 inches in length, live along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja, California. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:26:18 EDT
Engineers create room-temperature multiferroic material
Multiferroics -- materials that exhibit both magnetic and electric order -- are of interest for next-generation computing but difficult to create because the conditions conducive to each of those states are usually mutually exclusive. And in most multiferroics found to date, their respective properties emerge only at extremely low temperatures. Now researchers have combined two non-multiferroic materials, using the best attributes of both to create a new room-temperature multiferroic. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:22:17 EDT
India's PM Says Pakistan's Support of Terror Is Destabilizing Asia
Slamming Pakistan as an exporter of terrorism, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused his country's South Asian neighbor of trying to destabilize Asia and vowed to isolate it in the international community.
These were Modi's first public comments since a terror attack on an Indian army base heightened tensions between the two countries. They were made at a rally of his Bharatiya Janata Party in the southern Indian city of Kozhikode.
"People of Pakistan... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:13:48 -0400
Charlotte Protesters Hold Afternoon Rally Over Fatal Police Shooting
A demonstration against a fatal police shooting was getting underway Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, with several hundred protesters gathered at a park near the city's police department.
City officials, community leaders and local clergy also planned to hold a 7 p.m. gathering at the Charlotte Mecklenberg Government Center, near Marshall Park, where protesters were meeting Saturday afternoon, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Saturday marked the fifth day of rallies since a... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:49:15 -0400
Brazilian Judge Authorizes Preliminary Probe of Allegations Pointing to Temer
A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has authorized a preliminary investigation into allegations from former Transpetro head Sergio Machado that President Michel Temer illegally solicited campaign money in 2012.
Machado, who secured a plea deal after being implicated in the widely publicized Lava Jato scandal, said in court that Temer had asked for donations to benefit Sao Paulo's mayoral campaign for Gabriel Chalita.
Transpetro is a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, also known as... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:28:37 -0400
Clinton, Trump to Meet Separately With Israel’s Netanyahu
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will suspend weekend preparations for Monday’s presidential debate when they meet separately Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
Netanyahu’s office declined to say where the meetings with the two presidential candidates will take place. The meeting with Trump, the Republican nominee, was arranged after Trump’s campaign staff telephoned Netanyahu’s office after finding out the Israeli leader was... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:55:52 -0400
Africa's Seized Ivory: Sell or Destroy?
Huge orange flames and plumes of smoke filled the air at Nairobi National Park in April, a sobering image as 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horn were destroyed.
Kenya conducted the event to demonstrate that ivory has no value to anyone except elephants. President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged his country's support for a complete ban of the ivory trade at the conference for the global conservation body known as CITES, which opens Saturday in Johannesburg, South... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:29:45 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Honda Motor Company Founded (1948)
In 1946, Japanese mechanic, race car driver, and self-taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded a company that made small, efficient engines. It was incorporated as Honda Motor Co. two years later and originally produced only motorcycles. Its clean-burning CVCC engine created an automotive revolution, and its cars won a large share of the US market after they went on sale in 1963. Today, Honda is one of the world's leading automakers. What else besides cars and motorcycles does Honda manufacture? Discuss
In UN Assembly, Liechtenstein denounces Security Council’s ‘shameful indifference’ on Syria
Accusing the United Nations Security Council of “shameful indifference” and “failure” in stopping the mass atrocities committed in Syria, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call on the 15-member body to face up to its responsibilities with a change of political culture. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:13:16 EST
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)
Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? Discuss
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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Evolutionary Arms Race
An evolutionary arms race is a struggle between interdependent organisms that evolve competing genetic adaptations with the back-and-forth escalation characteristic of an arms race. This competitive adaptation may occur between members of the same species or between different species, such as a predator and its prey, and it can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical, meaning competitors strive either for the same trait or to counter a trait in the other. What are some examples of this phenomenon? Discuss
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT
What Lights the Firefly
Commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs, the carnivorous beetles of the family Lampyridae are named for their use of bioluminescence when attracting mates or prey. Fireflies are capable of producing red, yellow, or green "cold light" containing no ultraviolet or infrared rays. Approximately 90% of the energy used in the process is converted to visible light—compared to 10% for incandescent electric bulbs, which emit the remainder of their energy as heat. How do fireflies produce their light?
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Known pejoratively as "Aucas," meaning "naked ones" or "savages," the Huaorani are an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Oriente in the Amazon basin. With a population of approximately 2,000, the Huaorani speak Huao Terero, a language unrelated to any other known living language. Several Huaorani communities have rejected all contact with outsiders and move often to progressively more isolated areas. During the mid-20th c, what led them to become one of the most violent cultures ever known?
NORTH CAROLINA - After persistent protests for three days and several requests made to the police to release the police video from Tuesday’s shooting of a 43-year-old black man, Keith La Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:28:12 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Race riots, defaulting on the national debt and misuse of power to punish political opponents and a savage nuclear war - these are the things that a section of the American voter Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:44:57 +1000
NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. - Defying the orders of the Mayor of Charlotte, protestors took to streets early Friday, chanting “What curfew?” The mayor had ordered the protesters to clear up th Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:23:21 +1000
Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 after first half blitz
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, scoring all three goals in the first half to claim their first Premier League victory over their London rivals in 10 attempts. Sat Sep 24 18:42:57 UTC 2016
The Relaxing Waters of Hot Springs National Park
Sometimes a visit to a national park means hiking rugged trails and climbing high mountains. Other times it means crawling through caves or rafting down a wild river.
But this week we want to take it easier. So we head south to the state of Arkansas. It is home to a national park that is perfect for resting and renewing a tired body. Visitors treat themselves to one of its natural thermal baths. Humans have been enjoying the warm waters for thousands of years.
Welcome to... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:22:25 +0000
In Northern Mali, Youth Feel Left Out of Progress
The West African nation of Mali has experienced major changes since 2012.
The changes have included a military overthrow of the government, a presidential election and a foreign military operation against Islamist rebels in the country’s north.
A peace agreement designed to end the conflict in Mali was reached in 2015. But many young people there feel left out of the promised benefits of peace.
Protest and violence
Recently, demonstrations took place in northern cities such... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:07:54 +0000
500 Million Yahoo Accounts Attacked
This is What’s Trending Today.
The American company Yahoo says someone or a group of people may have stolen information from at least 500 million of its users in 2014.
The company reported the security problem on Thursday. It said computer hackers took “certain user account information,” such as email addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of birth.
On Friday, people used social media to talk about the theft.
Computer experts say people who have a Yahoo account should change... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:06:20 +0000
'The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky' by Stephen Crane: Part One
From VOA Learning English, this is American Stories!
Our story is called "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky." It was written by Stephen Crane. We will listen to the story in two parts. Today we will hear the first part of the story.
"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"
The great train was rushing forward such steady dignity of motion that a glance from the window seemed simply to prove that the flatlands of Texas were pouring toward the east.
A newly... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:05:08 +0000
Virginia Bookstore Finds the Secret to Success
A large bookstore in a small U.S. town has succeeded for many years by giving people a chance to buy a lot of books for a low price.
The large and simple bookstore is in the small eastern town of Mount Crawford, Virginia.
The Green Valley Book Fair is made up of two large storage buildings totaling 2,300 square meters.
Some customers like Zoe Dellinger have been buying books at the store for many years.
“I was coming here since I was in my early 20s. The thrill of... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:00:48 +0000
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