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
Barley genome sequenced
Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey? A team of researchers may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:38:21 EDT
Researchers quantify the changes that lightning inspires in rock
New research has identified the minimum temperature of a bolt of lightning as it strikes rock. The study discovered that, based on the crystalline material in the sample, the minimum temperature at which the fulgurite formed was roughly 1,700 degrees Celsius. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:37:57 EDT
Mastodon discovery shakes up understanding of early humans in the New World
An Ice Age site in San Diego, Calif., preserves 130,000-year-old bones and teeth of a mastodon that show evidence of modification by early humans. Analysis of these finds dramatically revises the timeline for when humans first reached North America, according to new research. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:33 EDT
Illuminating the secret of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms
Scientists now understand what makes bioluminescent mushrooms glow, which may pave the way to new possibilities for harnessing fungal bioluminescence in analytical and imaging technologies. Bioluminescence is a highly conserved phenomenon that exists in a wide range of organisms; there are roughly 80 different known species of bioluminescent fungi alone scattered across the globe. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:20:22 EDT
Experimental Drug Cures Malaria in Mice
Scientists have developed a compound that both cured and prevented malaria in animals. They say the experimental drug even is effective against resistant strains of the mosquito-borne parasite.
If the experimental treatment pans out in humans, it could be a huge breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of malaria, a disease that strikes an estimated 200 million people each year.
The parasitic illness is responsible for about 425,000 deaths annually, most of them... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:36:34 -0400
Those Caught Up in 1992 LA Riot Reflect on Causes, Changes
Dee Young remembers April 29, 1992, the way most Americans of a certain age recall Sept. 11 — it's indelibly etched in his memory as the day his world and that of thousands of others changed forever.
The 27-year-old tow-truck driver had stopped for a hamburger at a popular South Los Angeles fast-food joint that afternoon when he saw hordes of shouting, angry people carrying armloads of booze from a liquor store next door.
He soon learned he was witnessing the beginning of one of... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:30:06 -0400
Hawaii Official to Sessions: Trump Can't Rule Like a King
Hawaii's attorney general has a little civics lesson for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Even the president isn't infallible.
Sessions made headlines recently when he mocked a Hawaii judge's decision that struck down the revised travel ban to the U.S. for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries.
"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:28:54 -0400
World Bank Downplays Report of South Sudan Loan
The World Bank is distancing itself from reports that it has given a grant to the government of South Sudan worth tens of millions of dollars.
A World Bank spokesperson in Ethiopia told VOA's South Sudan in Focus on Wednesday that the bank had proposed to donate $50 million to U.N. aid agencies combating famine and food insecurity, but that those funds were still pending approval from the board.
Finance Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters on Monday that the government had... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:12:16 -0400
This Day in History
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Syria Ends Occupation of Lebanon (2005)
In 1976, with his country embroiled in a deadly civil war, the Lebanese president turned to Syria for assistance. At his request, Syrian forces entered Lebanon. Despite their 29-year presence, the Syrians were unable to secure lasting stability. By 2005, Syrian influence in Lebanese government had provoked protests, which intensified after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian troops finally withdrew in April. When did the two countries re-establish diplomatic relations? Discuss
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798)
Considered the foremost painter of the Romantic movement in France, Delacroix is known for his dramatic interpretations of scenes from mythology, literature, and political, religious, and literary history and for his sensuous use of color. His most influential work is 1830's revolution-themed Liberty Leading the People, which likely inspired the design of the Statue of Liberty. During a trip to Morocco, he painted many scenes of North African life. Why did he struggle to find subjects? Discuss
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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Operation Praying Mantis
In April 1988, US naval forces launched Operation Praying Mantis, attacking several Iranian targets in retaliation for the mining of an American warship in the Persian Gulf. The battle, the largest for American surface forces since World War II, was the first surface-to-surface missile engagement in US Navy history. It resulted in the sinking of two Iranian warships and three speedboats and helped pressure Iran into a ceasefire that ended its eight-year war with what neighboring country? Discuss
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Horae, whose name literally means the "Hours," are three goddesses in Greek mythology who are said to control orderly life. Traditionally, there are thought to be two generations, or sets, of Horae: Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of spring, summer, and autumn—and Eunomia, Dike, and Eirene, charged with maintaining the stability of society. In addition, there are the 12 tutelary goddesses also called hours, each of which presides over an hour of the day. Who parented the Horae?
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Radiocarbon dating is a method for determining the age of carbonaceous materials—especially ancient archaeological specimens—that relies on the presence of a naturally occurring isotope called carbon-14. After an organism dies, the amount of carbon-14 in its remains gradually decreases through radioactive beta decay. Measuring the amount of carbon-14 in an organism's remains thus allows scientists to determine how long it has been dead. How do atomic bombs affect atmospheric carbon-14 levels?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Based on a review of U.S. President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s application for a security clearance - the House oversight panel a Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:05:45 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - The crucial 100-day mark for Trump’s presidency is drawing close and it is a day that the new president wants to mark with a big rally to talk - celebrating all that he has Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:32:46 +1000
Britain Marks First Coal-Free Day Since Industrial Revolution
Britain has recorded its first full day without electricity from coal-fired power stations since the Industrial Revolution.
Britain’s National Grid says the milestone took place last Friday, April 21. The energy provider said it was the first time the country went without using coal as part of its energy mix for a full 24-hour period in 135 years.
There have been other times when Britain did not use coal, but none as long as this. In May 2016, the country went for 19 hours... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:20:22 +0000
What Is So Special About Trump’s First 100 Days?
Donald Trump was sworn-in as president of the United States three months ago -- on January 20, 2017.
On Saturday, April 29, reporters, the general public, and Trump himself will mark his first 100 days in office.
But many Americans and people overseas may be wondering: what is so special about a president’s first 100 days?
The short answer is that nothing is very special about it.
A president’s term is four years, or 1,461 days. So 100 days is just a small percentage of... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:05:02 +0000
Crossing Language Barriers with Jazz Education in Asia
April 30 is International Jazz Day.
In countries around the world, musicians, educators, students, and music lovers will take part in celebrations. These activities tell about the history of jazz and show new, creative directions that the music is taking.
In our Education Report today, we will explore the growth and development of jazz education in one part of the world: Asia.
We will discover how educators and students in Thailand, Malaysia, and China are putting their... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:19 +0000
Huge Iceberg Bringing Visitors to Small Canadian Village
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The coast of Canada’s Newfoundland is commonly called “Iceberg Alley.” An iceberg is a large piece of ice floating in the ocean. Between May and July, hundreds of icebergs float through these waters. They break off from glaciers in the Arctic and float south.
But one iceberg arrived a bit earlier than usual this year. It floated extremely close to the coast. It ran into ground underwater very near the small town of Ferryland.
It happened... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:10 +0000
Young People Worry About Divided America, Fake News
Young Americans believe nearly half of the news shared on Facebook is false and President Donald Trump tweets too much. They also want to help unite America but find public service unappealing.
Those are among the findings from recent interviews with 2,600 young Americans -- aged 18 - 29 -- by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
The poll, released Tuesday, found 81 percent of young people questioned by Harvard use Facebook.
But most consider a lot of the news on... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:59:31 +0000
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