Audio of 'warning' to Russia jet issued
The Turkish military releases an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:22:01 GMT
Billionaire arrested in Petrobras probe
One of Brazil's richest businessmen and a leading senator are arrested as part of a corruption inquiry into the state oil giant Petrobras. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:15:30 GMT
Facebook wife-killer convicted in US
A man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the corpse on Facebook is found guilty of murder by a jury in Florida. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:20:23 GMT
US bombed Kunduz clinic 'in error'
A US aircraft attacked a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz because of "human error", a US military inquiry says. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:27:23 GMT
Germany vows to do more against IS
Germany will do more to fight Islamic State militants, Chancellor Angela Merkel says in response to a French call to do more in the wake of the Paris attacks. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:40:25 GMT
Osborne U-turn over tax credit cuts
George Osborne does a U-turn on cuts to tax credits and vows to protect police funding in his Spending Review. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:08:00 GMT
Police budgets protected by chancellor
Police funding for England and Wales will be protected, Chancellor George Osborne says, after fears that forces were to face significant cuts. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:58:10 GMT
Junior doctor dispute to go to Acas
The government has agreed to talks at Acas in the junior doctors' dispute - but the strikes have not been called off. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:38:06 GMT
'Compassion' urged over Syrian refugees
The government is urged to be more compassionate to Syrian refugees who face deportation because they have come from other EU countries to join relatives. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:13:55 GMT
Network Rail sell-off to fund upgrades
Network Rail wants to sell £1.8bn of railway arch space, disused depots and shop space in bigger stations to help raise the cash to upgrade UK railways. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:20:32 GMT
VIDEO: Switzerland’s vanishing natural wonder
Striking drone footage shows the extent of the retreat of Switzerland's Rhone Glacier, as scientists warn such magisterial ice-masses will have almost vanished by the end of the century. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:07:26 GMT
VIDEO: Giant green 'pants' light up Tiverton
Tiverton in Devon has unveiled its new Christmas lights - but many local residents have mocked them saying the lights look like underpants hanging on a washing line. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:06:12 GMT
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Antibody-drug compounds and immunotherapy to treat breast cancer
To more efficiently treat breast cancer, scientists have been researching molecules that selectively bind to cancer cells and deliver a substance that can kill the tumor cells, for several years. Researchers have now, for the first time, successfully combined such an antibody-drug conjugate with a therapy that stimulates the immune system to attack tumor cells. This opens the door to new therapeutic options in the treatment of breast cancer. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:37:39 EST
'Material universe' yields surprising new particle
An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. The discovery suggests a range of potential applications, from low-energy devices to efficient transistors. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:35:01 EST
Urban trees provide pollution solution
Urban environments struggle with contaminated water running off, causing pollution and algal blooms. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration systems capture and filter the runoff. Researchers measured how well tree species grew when watered with stormwater, and how well they took extra nutrients out of the stormwater. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:17 EST
How cells 'climb' to build fruit fly tracheas
Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout "fingers" and crawl into place. Now researchers have discovered that a protein called Mipp1 is key to cells' ability to grow these fingers. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:13 EST
Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' Photos
Photographer John Milleker shoots old-time portraits showing ghostly images. The photos echo portraits with a "spirit" in the background taken by American William Mumler in the 1860s and '70s, known as “spirit photography.”
With his dark, curly mustache and black coat, reflective of the era, Milleker begins setting up a "spirit" photo shoot in Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Virginia. But first, the Baltimore, Maryland, photographer tells visitors about... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:53:06 -0500
Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With Syrians
One midwestern U.S. city accustomed to taking in thousands of refugees from all over the world may be changing its policies. Following the Paris terror attacks, the governor of Indiana closed the door to Syrian refugees. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Fort Wayne, it's now a city divided between hospitality and safety. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:33:00 -0500
Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' Photos
In the 1860s and '70s, American photographer William Mumler figured out how to take photos in which ghostly images would appear in the background. Today, Baltimore photographer John Milleker uses the same tricks of the trade that made those old photos of "spirits" possible. VOA’s Deborah Block reports. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:24:00 -0500
Academy Prepares Young Refugees for Life in America
As the conversation over Syrian refugees and security gains strength across the United States, one program in New York City has led the way in providing a safe zone for vulnerable youths from the world's most volatile regions.
For six weeks every summer, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps young refugees adapt to a new life in New York and prepare for a public school education before the start of the academic year. Many of the students, ranging in age from 5 to 19, have... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:39:36 -0500
Aid Convoy Bombed in Syria
Video shows aid trucks on fire at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. It was not immediately clear to which group the trucks belonged. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:31:00 -0500
This Day in History
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Anti-Comintern Pact Signed by Germany and Japan (1936)
The German-Japanese Anti-Comintern Pact was one of a series of agreements leading to the formation of the Axis Powers. Ostensibly directed against the Comintern, an association of national communist parties that degenerated under Stalin into an instrument of Soviet politics, the pact contained a secret agreement stating that if either signatory power went to war with the USSR, the other would maintain a benevolent neutrality. What other countries eventually signed the treaty? Discuss
The two-week conference, the 21st Meeting of the States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also aims to send a loud and clear signal to citizens, markets and the private sector that the transformation of the global economy is inevitable, beneficial, and already under way. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:33:56 EST
UN rights office alarmed by Nepal’s violation on use of force towards protestors
Alarmed by latest killings in violent clashes over the weekend in Nepal, bringing the death toll to at least 50 since protests against the new Constitution began in August, the United Nations human rights office today urged Nepalese authorities to follow international standards on use of force, respect dissenting voices and engage them in a “meaningful, inclusive and open dialogue.” Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:11:55 EST
Ban tells world why he cares ‘so deeply’ about climate change
Reminding the world that the sooner action is taken to tackle climate change, the greater the benefits for all, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that for the nearly nine years, he has been at the head of the Organization, he has travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:02 EST
$1m on offer to solve murder mystery
POLICE are convinced a group of people living in Ballarat and Tasmania know what happened to a man murdered 29 years ago in the Victorian town of Moe.
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:22:08 GMT
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Karl Benz (1844)
Benz was a German engineer credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. His Motorwagen, the first commercial automobile, was first driven in 1885 and patented the next year. It had three wheels, an electric ignition, differential gears, and was water-cooled. Benz's familiarity with and fondness for bicycles inspired the design of his "horseless carriage." According to legend, who took one of Benz's early models on the first long-distance road trip? Discuss
Nazi-inspired TV adverts removed in NY
Nazi-inspired advertising for the TV show The Man in the High Castle is removed from the subway in New York after complaints. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:41:11 GMT
Depp and Clooney among biggest flops
Films starring Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth and George Clooney are among the list of the biggest film flops of 2015. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:55:06 GMT
Chancellor pledges more arts funding
Chancellor George Osborne promises to increase funding to Arts Council England and national museums and galleries in his Spending Review. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:05:33 GMT
Tim Wonnacott leaves Bargain Hunt
Tim Wonnacott steps down from Bargain Hunt two months after reports he had had "a bust-up" with the BBC show's producers. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:51:42 GMT
Radio X 'may have to change name'
Digital radio station Radio X may have to change its name after its trademark application was refused. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:13:04 GMT
Woman sues for JFK assassination film
A woman whose grandfather filmed the assassination of John F Kennedy on a home movie sues the US government for its return. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:23:55 GMT
Lucas and Davies sign up for Doctor Who
British comedians Matt Lucas and Greg Davies are cast in the Doctor Who Christmas special, one of the highlights of the BBC's festive schedule. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:12:12 GMT
Game of Thrones teases Jon Snow return
The first poster advertising the next series of Game of Thrones appears to suggest the character Jon Snow will return after he was murdered in the finale of the previous series. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:12:04 GMT
Article of the Day
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
The Deepest Ocean
In 1951, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Challenger II surveyed the Challenger Deep trench of the Pacific Ocean, located between Indonesia and Japan, establishing it as the deepest known point of any ocean on Earth. Less than a decade later, a US Navy deep-sea diving submersible descended to the trench floor. There, the crew observed small sole and flounder and noted that the floor consisted of diatomaceous ooze. What is the maximum depth surveyed at the Challenger Deep? Discuss
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT
The Han Dynasty
The Han dynasty ruled China from 202 BCE to 220 CE. During the period of civil strife that followed the fall of the Ch'in dynasty, Liu Pang, a farmer and guerilla fighter, defeated his rivals for the throne and established himself as the first Han emperor. Under Han rule, the harsh laws of the Ch'in were repealed, taxes were lightened, and the absolute autocracy of the emperor was lessened. Which emperor is credited with China's shift from the Taoist system to the Confucian ideal?
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT
What is Light?
Light is any wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, though the word is commonly used to refer to the visible light spectrum. The human eye typically perceives electromagnetic wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers, interpreting them as a range of colors from red to violet. Light is understood to exhibit both particle and wave properties, and the fundamental particle, or quantum, of light is called the photon. What is the scientific study of light called?
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies aged 40
Considered by many to be the greatest of all time, Jonah Lomu died unexpectedly on Wednesday after a long battle with kidney disease. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:37:00 +0200
NEW YORK - US tech giant Apple has acquired Faceshift, a Zurich based startup that has developed technology to create animated figures like Avataar to capture and project a person's facial ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:43:54 -0500
MOSCOW/DAMASCUS - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey was a "planned provocation" even as the Russian defense minister announced ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:33:37 -0500
WASHINGTON - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Tuesday announced that Blue Origin, his Texas-based space company, marked a milestone in space exploration when it successfully landed a vertical rocket it had ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:10:24 -0500
WASHINGTON - FedEx can go ahead with its nearly $5 billion bid to take over Dutch rival, the United States Federal Trade Commission has said, granting a much awaited antitrust permission to the ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:07:48 -0500
CHICAGO, Illinois - Authorities on Tuesday charged a white Chicago policeman with first degree murder while releasing a chilling dashcam video showing details of the Oct 20, 2014 fatal shooting of a ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:59:06 -0500
How US Gives Thanks: Food, Football, Parades
Here are some things Americans do on Thanksgiving:
Eat a large meal. For 88 percent of Americans, the meal features turkey, according to a poll by the American Turkey Federation.
Eat large amounts of bread seasoned with spices, called “stuffing.” It is often put into, or stuffed inside the turkey while it is cooking.
Eat large amounts of mashed potatoes, green beans mixed with canned, or tinned soup, and pumpkin pie.
Some will volunteer at soup kitchens. Some will offer up... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:25:54 +0000
15 Tech Gift Ideas for 2015
Not sure what gift to get your loved one? Think technology!
Consider these fun and useful tech gift ideas. You do not have to be a high-tech expert to get excited about these gifts.
You may even find something special for yourself!
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Mini Laptop Riser
If your loved one uses a laptop, you can make their computer time more enjoyable with... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:17:15 +0000
Land Shares Help Farmers in Central Africa Plant Peace
Three times a week, a group of smallholder farmers work together in a community field in Kirolirwe, a village in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Recently, the group prepared the soil before planting potatoes.
“Let’s go!” shouted the team leader. They encouraged each another to work harder.
Nearly 200,000 displaced persons fled to camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of violence in the east. Most people there say land... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:15:54 +0000
Health Officials Warn of Exploding Turkeys
Ask the majority of Americans about the highlight of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and they think of oven-roasted turkey.
But with the increased popularity in outdoor cooking, many Americans have moved out of the kitchen.
And they are diving into huge pots of nearly boiling oil.
Well, not the cooks, but their Thanksgiving turkeys.
In recent years, some Thanksgiving dinners feature a turkey immersed in a fryer filled with hot cooking oil.
Also called Cajun fried... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:00:34 +0000
Who Eats the Most on Thanksgiving? These Americans
Many Americans spend Thanksgiving with family and friends around a table of roast turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
But for others, it's a competition.
Across the United States, there are contests to see who can eat the most pumpkin pie. These events start in October and continue through Thanksgiving.
Elk Grove, California hosts the Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship. Matthew Stonie won last year by eating 20... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:00:23 +0000
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