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
Modified experimental vaccine protects monkeys from deadly malaria
Researchers have modified an experimental malaria vaccine and showed that it completely protected four of eight monkeys that received it against challenge with the virulent Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite. In three of the remaining four monkeys, the vaccine delayed when parasites first appeared in the blood by more than 25 days. Mon, 22 May 2017 09:10:59 EDT
Sleep loss affects your waistline
Sleep loss increases the risk of obesity through a combination of effects on energy metabolism. This research will highlight how disrupted sleep patterns, a common feature of modern living, can predispose to weight gain, by affecting people’s appetite and responses to food and exercise. Mon, 22 May 2017 08:11:09 EDT
Air pollution may disrupt sleep
High levels of air pollution over time may get in the way of a good night's sleep, according to new research. Mon, 22 May 2017 08:08:30 EDT
Moderate drinking may not ward off heart disease
Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner -- or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol -- will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That's the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Mon, 22 May 2017 08:08:05 EDT
Europe's Leaders Hope for Change in Direction at NATO Summit
NATO leaders are going to Brussels for a summit meeting on Thursday expecting to agree on key principles. With Monday's attack in Britain overshadowing the meeting, there will be quick consensus on the need to keep fighting terrorism both at home and abroad, in places like Afghanistan.
How to do it is a different question.
The war in Afghanistan is one of the key topics European leaders hope to learn more about when they meet with U.S. President Donald... Wed, 24 May 2017 00:20:37 -0400
More Robots to Take Over Humans’ Jobs
According to a recent analysis, in about 15 years, depending on the country, up to 38 percent of jobs performed by humans may be turned over to robots. Experts who gathered last week at a robotic expo in Paris say we have to prepare for the new reality if we want to avoid disruptive social changes. VOA’s George Putic reports. Wed, 24 May 2017 00:15:00 -0400
Russia, Trump Team in Contact, Former CIA Director Tells Congress
President Trump’s reported demands to top leadership of U.S. intelligence agencies to deny there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia dominated an intense day of Congressional testimony. Congressional probes into Russian election interference showed no signs of letting up, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller launches a wide-ranging Justice Department investigation. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill. Wed, 24 May 2017 00:15:00 -0400
Europe’s Leaders Hope for Change of Direction as They Face Trump
NATO leaders are going to Brussels for the May 25th summit expecting to agree on key principles. With Monday's attack in Britain overshadowing the meeting, there will be quick consensus on the need to keep fighting terrorism both at home, and abroad in places like Afghanistan. How to do it, is a different question. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Brussels. Wed, 24 May 2017 00:09:00 -0400
E-vision Glasses Enhance Vision for the Legally Blind
There are an estimated 39 million blind people in the world. Another 200 million, people like Julissa Marquez, are visually impaired. A knife attack left her with a less than 10 percent chance of having useful vision. But some new technology has literally opened her eyes. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Wed, 24 May 2017 00:09:00 -0400
This Day in History
Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 +0200
USSR Begins Drilling World's Deepest Hole (1970)
The Kola Superdeep Borehole project was an attempt to dig as far as possible into the Earth's crust. It began when, in 1970, following setbacks in the Space Race, Soviet scientists looked downward. Digging on the remote Kola Peninsula for some 20 years, they reached a depth of 40,230 feet (12,262 m)—about a third of the way through the Earth's crust—before being forced to stop due to higher-than-expected temperatures of 350° F (180° C). Surprisingly, water was found at what depth? Discuss
FEATURE: "We invest in peace"
More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers serving around the world will be honoured this month as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May. Tue, 23 May 2017 16:37:30 EST
Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali
Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region. Tue, 23 May 2017 15:27:41 EST
Scipione siege video suggestion ‘unwise’
It was unwise of then NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione to meddle in the Lindt Cafe siege by suggesting a hostage video be taken down, a coroner has found. Wed, 24 May 2017 07:38:22 +0200
Indigenous treaty ‘the way forward’
A treaty is the most effective way to bring Aboriginal people out of poverty and must be prioritised over symbolic constitutional recognition, an Uluru summit delegate says. Wed, 24 May 2017 07:38:22 +0200
Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Joseph Brodsky (1940)
Soon after Brodsky began writing poetry in the USSR in the 1950s, he was accused by the government of "social parasitism" and sentenced to hard labor. Exiled in 1972, he settled in New York and began writing in English. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1987 and was poet laureate of the US for a time. His poetry, with its themes of loss and exile, is highly regarded for its intensity, depth, and wit. What was his retort when a Soviet judge once asked him, "Who enrolled you in the ranks of poets?" Discuss
Article of the Day
Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that one does not own, rent, or have permission to use. Many of the slums and shanty towns found in the world's poorest countries began as squats established on illegally occupied land. Commonly seen in urban areas the world over, squats function as residences as well as social centers. According to one source, there may be as many as one billion squatters globally. What is the international squatters' symbol? Discuss
Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Ayyavazhi is a belief system that originated in South India in the 19th century. Many consider it a Hindu sect—including the majority of its followers—however, academics often define it as an independent monistic religion. While its ideology is quite similar to that of Hinduism, some Ayyavazhi beliefs and practices differ from the Hindu tradition, especially those relating to the concepts of good and evil as well as dharma. On whose teachings is Ayyavazhi based?
Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT
A legendary pagan spirit later adopted by the Christian church, the Green Man is often depicted as a male figure covered in foliage or as a face surrounded by, made of, or sprouting leaves. He is represented in a variety of English church carvings made between the 11th and 20th centuries. From the Renaissance onward, elaborate variations on the Green Man theme began to appear in many other media. Which popular folklore characters are associated with the Green Man?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - As the United Kingdom came to grips with the terrible horror of the Manchester attack on Tuesday, the United States was acknowledging the country’s ISIS attack plan. < Wed, 24 May 2017 03:12:33 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - After reports last week revealed that newly appointment special counsel to lead the Russia probe, Robert Mueller’s former law firm represented some of Trump’s close a Wed, 24 May 2017 03:50:21 +1000
JERUSALEM, Israel - Concluding his meetings in Saudi Arabia, which was the first country the American President Donald Trump visited as part of his first foreign trip since taking office - he heade Tue, 23 May 2017 09:40:09 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Days after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as the special counsel to head the investigation into the alleged links between President Donald Trump’s campaig Tue, 23 May 2017 06:38:44 +1000
International High School Students on American Campus
Universities and colleges in the United States are trying new programs for international students to increase enrollment and income.
Some universities are experimenting with bringing international high school students to their campuses. These programs permit students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credit at the same time.
University campus, high school and college credit
One example of this model is at the University of Southern Maine, or USM. The... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:05:14 +0000
Bombing at British Concert Kills 22, Injures Dozens
A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people in an attack at a concert in the northern English city of Manchester.
More than 50 others were injured.
The attack happened Monday night at Manchester Arena, at the end of a performance by American pop star Ariana Grande. The explosion sent people scrambling to get out of the arena, which can hold up to 21,000 people.
British police identified the attacker as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. They said he was killed in the... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:02:23 +0000
US Naval Academy Students Climb Slippery Monument
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Many American universities have special traditions for students during graduation week – usually the last week in the month of May. Most of the traditions involve the students who are about to graduate.
For example, one tradition at the United States Military Academy – known as West Point – involves giving money to the student who places last in the graduating class. That student gets one dollar from every classmate. The award adds up... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:57 +0000
Vietnam Trying to Understand US Policy on South China Sea
The prime minister of Vietnam will become the first Southeast Asian leader to visit the White House since Donald Trump became president in January.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is expected to ask for answers about United States policy toward Chinese expansion in the disputed South China Sea.
Nguyen is also expected to discuss trade and maritime claims in the South China Sea when he meets with Trump next week.
Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines claim... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:50 +0000
US Farmers, Farmworkers Concerned About Immigration Policies
Farmers and fruit growers in the United States depend heavily on immigrants to grow and harvest their crops.
Most immigrants working on American farms are Hispanic and come from Mexico or Central America. Many of them entered the United States illegally, and have settled in rural communities across the country.
The immigrants often raise families while working in the fields. And, just like U.S. citizens, they pay taxes.
President Donald Trump has called on government... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:18 +0000
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