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
Intense industrial fishing
A new study examines how China maintains large catches and what it means for fishery management elsewhere Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:37:46 EST
Could better eye training help reduce concussion in women's soccer?
With the ever-growing popularity of women's soccer, attention to sports-related concussions is also a growing concern. High school female soccer players incur a higher concussion rate than males, and researchers noticed in photographs of female soccer players, the players often had their eyes closed. They wanted to quantify whether female athletes closed their eyes more frequently than male counterparts, as a first step toward determining if less visual awareness might expose players to a higher risk of injury. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:37:37 EST
At Davos, CEOs Sing Praises of Local Supply Chain
Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.
Elected on a jobs-focused “America First” platform, Trump has taken to Twitter to rebuke major companies like General Motors, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies, either for making goods in Mexico or for the price of their products.
Adjusting to Trump era
At this... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:45:11 -0500
Federal Court Rejects Chicago’s Attempt to Limit Gun Ranges
The U.S. Court of Appeals handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation of gun ranges in the city.
The appeals court Wednesday ruled that city ordinances restricting gun ranges to manufacturing areas in Chicago are unconstitutional. The ordinances also placed limits on the distances they can be located in relation to other gun ranges and to residential areas, schools, parks and places of worship.
A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:11:24 -0500
Lebanon Gets a New Government, Now it Needs a New Economy
After years of political deadlock, Lebanon finally has a new government. Now it needs a new economy.
Battered by war in neighboring Syria, neglected by wrangling politicians and caught in rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the pillars of the economy - remittances from overseas workers, tourism and real estate - are not what they were.
Long-term, Lebanon is searching for new sources of growth, which fell from 8-9 percent to below 2 percent when Syria's civil war began in 2011.... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:01:57 -0500
US, Cuba, Mexico Sign Maritime Treaties
The United States and Cuba have signed a treaty on maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
A State Department statement said the pact covers the only water boundary not under a previous deal between the two countries.
The treaty will have to be approved by the U.S. Senate before it can take effect.
Cuba also signed a similar treaty with Mexico to sort out claims in the same part of the Gulf of Mexico.
The three countries had discussed the boundaries since... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:31:44 -0500
Trump Faces Daunting Political Divide as He Takes Office
Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States January 20 and has promised to quickly enact his agenda to bring change to Washington. But Trump will also face a political divide that remains in place in the wake of his election victory over Hillary Clinton. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:10:00 -0500
This Day in History
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0100
Apple Lisa Launched (1983)
In 1983, after five years of development, Apple released the Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface. Although the Lisa was a commercial failure—due in part to its initial price tag of $9,995—it had a significant impact on the computer industry. It is often rumored to have been named after the first daughter of Apple's Steve Jobs, though several acronyms have been ascribed to the name. What project did Jobs join after being forced out of the Lisa project? Discuss
2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency
The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported today, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:37:44 EST
Property may be lost in Qld bushfire
A fast moving bushfire at Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast may destroy property, firefighters have warned. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:02:01 +0100
I’ve done all I can: Mike Baird resigns
Gladys Berejiklian is a near certainty to become NSW premier next week after Mike Baird chose family over politics, sensationally quitting two years and nine months into the job. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:02:01 +0100
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James Watt (1736)
A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop? Discuss
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Jug bands are musical groups that use a mix of traditional and improvised instruments—usually ordinary objects modified for making music, such as the jug, washtub bass, washboard, spoons, stovepipe, and kazoo. Early jug bands were typically made up of African-American vaudeville and medicine show musicians. Emerging in the urban South, the bands played a mixture of Memphis blues—before it was formally called the blues—ragtime, and Appalachian music. How does one play the jug? Discuss
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT
3D Computer Graphics
Though a computer monitor's display is a two-dimensional plane, 3D computer graphics programs can produce images of objects that appear to be three dimensional. Creating 3D graphics is typically a three step process. First, the object's shape is described in a process called modeling. Then designers determine the object's motion and placement within a scene. Lastly, the model is given its final appearance in the rendering process. The term "computer graphics" was coined in the 1960s by whom?
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form that originated in Tamil Nadu. One of five major dance styles corresponding to each of the elements, Bharatanatyam represents the mystic manifestation of fire in the human body. The movements of Bharatanatyam dancers resemble a dancing flame, while their expressive hand gestures communicate specific meanings. Rooted in Hindu tradition, the dance form has since crossed religious boundaries and is now studied by members of what other religions?
MOSCOW, Russia - Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had some sharp words for former deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell, for suggesting that whistlebl Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:31:39 +1100
NEW YORK, U.S. - Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against U.S. president-elect Donald Trump in a New York court just three days before h Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:56:27 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Following U.S. president-elect Donald Trump comparing U.S. intelligence agencies with "Nazi Germany," outgoing CIA director John Brennan hit back saying he was not behi Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:55:39 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday decided to commute the 35-year sentence of Chelsea Manning freeing her in May, nearly three decades early, a move that has met with the ang Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:17:57 +1100
Vietnam, China Work to Ease South China Sea Tensions
Vietnam and China have agreed to try to end their dispute over their conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea.
On Saturday, the two nations released a joint statement in Beijing. In the statement, they said they would try to peacefully settle their conflicting claims in the Sea.
State-run media in both countries reported on the statement. It was released during a four-day visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. He met... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:00:19 +0000
Memorable Moments in US Inauguration History
The first U.S. president, George Washington, was inaugurated in New York City. At the time, New York was the temporary capital of the country.
Because Americans had never had a president before, George Washington had to wait a week before lawmakers could agree on what an inauguration ceremony should look like.
Finally, on April 30, the president- and vice president-to-be, along with other lawmakers, gathered at the senate building. They walked to the... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:21:50 +0000
World's Oldest Known Zoo Gorilla Dies
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The world’s oldest known zoo gorilla has died.
Colo was born in 1956 at the Columbus Zoo in the American state of Ohio. She was the first-ever gorilla to be born in captivity.
She died in her sleep on January 17, zoo officials say.
Colo lived more than 20 years beyond the average life expectancy for female gorillas in human care. Researchers studied her to better understand how to help animals live longer in zoos.
"Colo touched... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:15:39 +0000
Melody Bales: 'The Lady From Haiti'
There is a colorful Caribbean art gallery and gift boutique located downtown in Naples, Florida. The store is small and offers a large collection of beautiful Haitian paintings and other art that you cannot find anywhere else.
The store is named ‘The Lady From Haiti.’ Behind its funky name is a story of love.
Melody Bales owns the store. Bales took an interest in the Caribbean early in life, partly because of its art.
“It was the paintings originally that attracted me... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:10:37 +0000
Siri vs. Google Assistant – Which Assistant Is Best for You?
Android and Apple fans have always argued about which phone is better. Now they can debate which digital assistant is better.
Using your voice to give commands to a computer once seemed like science fiction. Now we expect our phones to provide such assistants.
Siri from Apple and Google Assistant from Google both try to answer users’ questions. The two companies each hope that by offering the best digital assistants, they will sell more of their products and... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:10:04 +0000
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