Theresa May launches race audit of public services
Theresa May orders a review to expose any inequalities in the way ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools and the criminal justice system. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:04:21 GMT
UK could remain in 'looser' EU - Lord O'Donnell
A former head of the civil service who served four prime ministers predicts the UK could yet remain in a "more loosely aligned" European Union - despite the referendum vote to leave. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:49:18 GMT
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
Predictive tool vital to sustainable environmental futures
A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:07:40 EDT
Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection
A type of sugar found naturally in some women’s breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study. These bacteria are a common cause of meningitis in newborns and the leading cause of infection in the first three months of life globally. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:48:50 EDT
Hiding in plain sight: Vast reef found hiding behind Great Barrier Reef
Scientists working with laser data have discovered a vast reef behind the familiar Great Barrier Reef. High-resolution seafloor data provided by LiDAR-equipped aircraft have revealed great fields of unusual donut-shaped circular mounds, each 200-300 meters across and up to 10 meters deep at the center. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:48:34 EDT
Insecticide ryanodine: Building a chemical from the ground up
Chemists have significantly improved upon the synthesis of a molecule related to muscle and neuronal function. A research team has been busy trying to crack the puzzle of the insecticide ryanodine, a complex molecule first isolated from a tropical plant in the 1940s. Ryanodine paralyzes insects by binding to a class of calcium-channel receptors called ryanodine receptors. In humans, these receptors play critical roles in muscle and neuronal function. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:48:32 EDT
Russia to Take Paralympics Ban to Higher Court
Russia on Monday will appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to uphold a blanket ban on its athletes from competing in next month's Rio Paralympics.
Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin announced Friday that the appeal would go before the Swiss Federal Court, according to the Interfax news agency.
Earlier this week, the Lausanne-based CAS, sport's highest tribunal, rejected an RPC appeal against the suspension, which was handed out by the... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:23:27 -0400
Children Brutalized by IS Will Need Urgent Help, Experts Say
The chilling image of five children staring into the camera with guns in their upraised arms as five grown men dressed in orange jumpsuits kneel in front of them, about to be executed, was posted by Islamic State extremists almost as a badge of honor.
According to the SITE counterterrorism website where the image was released Friday, the young boys were British, Egyptian, Kurdish, Tunisian and Uzbek — and featured in an IS video from Raqqa, Syria.
IS has increasingly featured children... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:20:33 -0400
Poverty Could Hobble Colombia's Anti-drug Push After Peace Deal
Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds.
In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
"This doesn't make me a drug dealer. I'm a farmer," says Toconas, 45, who earns about 2 million pesos ($640) a month growing weed at... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:15:05 -0400
Border Patrol Urges Central American Migrants Not to Travel to US Illegally
The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is urging Central Americans to not make the dangerous trip to the United States to try to enter the country illegally.
During a trip to Honduras, Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said he discussed the issue of migrants with a delegation of Honduran officials, including first lady Ana Garcia.
"We're very much in agreement with the government of Honduras to help their people stay in their country and not make the dangerous journey to... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:56:27 -0400
Americans Overseas Need to Take Steps Now to Vote
With less than 75 days left before the U.S. presidential election, it is time for Americans living, working or traveling abroad to take steps to vote.
The extra time is needed because U.S. elections are managed individually by the 50 states, U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. This means there are 55 different sets of rules for absentee voting.
But the basic steps are simple:
Step 1. Register to vote. If you... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:35:25 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)
In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? Discuss
UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon
On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:44:05 EST
UN agencies urge efforts to halt Gaza's 'de-development' trajectory
Marking the second anniversary of the 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza, heads of United Nations agencies there have called for a greater flow of material and funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza's 1.9 million residents. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:16:21 EST
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Theodore Dreiser (1871)
Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? Discuss
Article of the Day
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words "subvert" and "advertising," the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically? Discuss
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Widely used in thought experiments—imagined scenarios whose outcomes are reasoned but not physically played out—philosophical zombies are hypothetical beings indistinguishable from normal humans in all but one respect—they lack conscious experience. This quality makes the "p-zombie" an ideal subject for philosophical musings. According to physicalism, everything that exists is ultimately physical. How have philosophers used these hypothetical beings in arguments disputing this perspective?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Cool Biz Campaign
In 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment launched the Cool Biz campaign, a program intended to reduce electricity consumption by limiting air conditioner use. Government offices were asked to set their air conditioners to 82°F (28°C), and workers were advised to wear short-sleeved shirts to keep cool. According to estimates, the campaign resulted in a 460,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions—the equivalent of shutting down some 1 million households for what period of time?
WASHINGTON, U.S. – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outright rejected the possibility that her presidential campaign could be derailed by any new scandals, or emails, related t Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:27:41 +1000
Quiet US Trading Week Comes to Stormy End
U.S. stocks ended Friday on a volatile note, following a week of relatively quiet trade. The catalyst for the move was comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.
The formal topic of her remar Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:07:49 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage for saying at a Trump rally that he would not vote for her even i Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:25:59 +1000
AFL live: Geelong v Melbourne
Welcome to the final live super Saturday festival of footy for the home-and-away season. And what a beauty, with five big games today and a scramble for the highest perches on the ladder. Don't miss a thing. Sat Aug 27 05:24:51 UTC 2016
Yellowstone: America's First National Park
The National Park Service has overseen the nation’s national parks for 100 years. Today, hear about the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone. It is one of the great wild places left not only in America but the world. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:30:04 +0000
French Burkini Bans Revive Debate On Muslim Clothing
France’s top administrative court has ruled that French towns cannot ban women from wearing a kind of clothing for swimming on their beaches.
The town of Villeneuve-Loubet, had banned “burkinis,” a swimsuit some Muslim women wear to cover their whole bodies.
The court’s ruling comes as a worldwide debate has grown over the French bans on burkinis. Some people expressed shock and anger at images of French policemen fining a Muslim woman, and appearing to make her... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:10:40 +0000
Women in the Kitchen, Men in the Garage, Americans Say
The United States could elect its first woman president in November.
But most Americans still believe in the traditional division of household jobs, according to a new study.
The study surveyed 1,000 adults. It was released at last weekend’s meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle, Washington.
Three in four adults believe that in a couple with a man and a woman, the woman should do most housework, the study found. That includes cooking, the laundry, and... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:00:51 +0000
Burkini Ban Reversed in France
This is What’s Trending Today.
Two weeks ago, resort cities in France banned Muslim women from wearing so-called "burkinis" to beaches.
A burkini is a swimsuit designed to cover the whole body.
The mayor of Cannes in southern France said these swimsuits that obeyed Muslim rules of how women should dress outside the home could create problems.
He said the swimsuits showed a person’s religious affiliation in an “ostentatious way.” France is worried after... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:15:21 +0000
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