Silence marks Aberfan disaster anniversary
Wales falls silent as the country remembers the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, in which 144 people - 116 of them children - died. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:36:48 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
CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents
The U.S. CDC is recommending that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:05:38 EDT
New Cretaceous dinosaur from Queensland
Researchers have announced the naming of Savannasaurus elliottorum, a new genus and species of dinosaur from western Queensland, Australia. The bones come from the Winton Formation, a geological deposit approximately 95 million years old. Savannasaurus was a medium-sized titanosaur, approximately half the length of a basketball court, with a long neck and a relatively short tail. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:48:16 EDT
Earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness
Perhaps the bias against left-handers dates back much further than we thought. By examining striations on teeth of a Homo habilis fossil, researchers have found the earliest evidence for right-handedness in the fossil record dating back 1.8 million years. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:37:04 EDT
Muscles have circadian clocks that control exercise response
Humans may be able to respond better to exercise during the daytime, suggests new research. Oxygen and the internal clock "do a dance together" in muscle cells to make energy, they say. The discovery provides insights that could lead to optimizing muscle function. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:41:29 EDT
Trump Remains Optimistic Despite Shrinking Electoral Map
Faced with disappointing polling numbers and less than three weeks to bridge the gap, Donald Trump on Friday nonetheless stayed upbeat as he campaigned in two key battleground states.
"I honestly believe we're going to win," the Republican presidential candidate told a rally in North Carolina before heading to the swing state of Pennsylvania.
Trump highlighted three recent polls showing him ahead of his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:52:49 -0400
October 21, 2016
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:33:00 -0400
Four Nations Call for Access to Encrypted Data
Anti-terror prosecutors from four nations say they need greater access to encrypted data on smartphones and computers in the fight against terrorism.
The prosecutors from France, Belgium, Spain and Morocco made their joint appeal in Paris after a two-day meeting. They’re seeking new tools to respond to a new age of terror and unlock encrypted messages used by groups like Islamic State.
They issued a joint statement Friday to alert national and international authorities, internet... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:47:41 -0400
Activist: Nomadic Herders Feed Uganda, but Face Pressure to Settle Down
Africa's nomadic cattle herders have for years come under pressure from governments and farmers to settle down and stop their livestock roaming, destroying crops and creating conflict along the way.
While herders are often portrayed as straying onto farmland, it is farmers who first encroached onto the nomads' grazing land, said Benjamin Mutambukah, coordinator of the Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations (COPACSO) and a passionate advocate of the herders in... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:44:31 -0400
3 US States Deny Russian Requests to Observe Upcoming Elections
At least three U.S. states have denied Russia's request to station monitors at polling places during the nation's presidential election on November 8.
Russia has not previously participated in programs to observe U.S. elections, and these requests to do so in the states appear to be "nothing more than a PR stunt," according to the U.S. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner.
There is a formal process that allows foreign governments to observe U.S. elections,... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:28:11 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Opens in New York (1959)
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened six months after his death, the Guggenheim Museum represents a radical departure from traditional museum design, spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of massive, unadorned white concrete. The exhibition space, which consists of a six-story spiral ramp lighted by a glass dome supported by stainless steel, has even been criticized for upstaging the artwork displayed. For how many years did Wright work on the building? Discuss
Syria: UN agency for condemns killing of four Palestinian refugees at Khan Eshieh camp
The United Nations agency tasked with the well-being of Palestine refugees today condemned the killing of four Palestinians in a camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and expressed deep concern that the site faces the real risk of being turned into another camp in the area that has been devastated by years of fighting. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:26:23 EST
DR Congo security forces used ‘excessive force’ against protesters, UN probe finds
State agents, such as police and armed forces, used excessive – including lethal – force during demonstrations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), last month, when at least 53 people were killed over two days, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested, a United Nations preliminary investigation revealed today. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:06:08 EST
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Sir Georg Solti (1912)
Solti was a Hungarian-born British conductor. Not long after making his piano debut at age 12, he decided he wanted to conduct. He returned to piano during WWII and won the 1942 Geneva International Competition. After the war, he began conducting again and led orchestras all over Europe and the US. As director of the Royal Opera House, he made the first full recording of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, one of history's most celebrated recordings. How did he earn the nickname "the screaming skull"? Discuss
Article of the Day
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Qianlong Emperor
Hongli took the title of Qianlong—meaning "the Era of Strong Prosperity"—when his imperial reign of China began in 1735. Ironically, by the end of Qianlong's reign in 1796, expensive military expeditions and corruption had nearly exhausted the funds of the Imperial Treasury. A patron of the arts, the Qianlong Emperor commissioned a catalogue of all important Chinese cultural works that took 20 years to complete and consisted of 36,000 volumes. How many copyists were involved in the project? Discuss
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Pharming is a type of cyber attack that aims to collect confidential user information by redirecting a website's traffic to a different, bogus website that appears identical to the original site. By hacking into DNS servers—the "phone books" of the internet—and changing IP addresses, high-tech criminals can automatically redirect users to their phony sites. In recent years, pharming has become a major concern for e-commerce and online banking sites. How does pharming differ from phishing?
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Meant to counteract decades of Russification—the promotion of Russian identity over indigenous culture during the imperial period—korenizatsiya was a Soviet policy that involved encouraging citizens to become literate and educated in the languages of their people and promoting members of the ethnic elite to positions of power. The policy began in the 1920s under Vladimir Lenin, who used it to spread communism. Who was the young revolutionary who conceived the policy—and later opposed it?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican GOP leaders are alarmed with Donald Trump's stunning non-committal to accept the U.S. election results during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:12:11 +1100
NEVADA, Las Vegas - At the third and final U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas, both presidential nominees made no attempt at fulfilling the basic pleasantries, even skipping the customary handsh Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:31:42 +1100
LONDON, U.K. - Ecuador has "temporarily restricted" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's access to the Internet in the country’s London embassy, apparently in the wake of reports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:42:19 +1100
Activists Seek Freedom for Pizza, ‘World’s Saddest’ Polar Bear
Chinese activists are demanding that a polar bear named Pizza be moved from captivity in a shopping center to a better home.
About 50 animal activist groups across China have joined together to call for moving Pizza. Since January, she has been kept inside an animal display at a shopping center in the city of Guangzhou, in southeastern China.
The groups plan to present a letter to local officials next week urging them to get involved to help relocate Pizza. The... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:13:31 +0000
Wrangell-St. Elias: The Largest National Park in America
Today we are visiting a vast and remote park in the state of Alaska. The park is bigger than the country of Switzerland. It is six times the size of Yellowstone. In fact, it is the largest national park in America.
Its name is Wrangell-St. Elias.
Do not worry if you have not heard of America’s biggest national park. Most Americans do not know its name.
But Wrangell-St. Elias contains some of North America’s largest glaciers and volcanoes. It also is home to nine of... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:06:27 +0000
Trump Is a Big Issue in US Congressional Elections
Republican Party candidates for seats in Congress must decide what to do about Donald Trump.
Trump, the Republican candidate for president, has many loyal supporters. They crowd into his campaign events and cheer his promises to make America great again.
But the popularity of the businessman has been dropping in opinion polls ever since the release of an 11-year-old recording. On the recording, Trump could be heard talking about touching and kissing women without their... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:05:19 +0000
Nintendo Announces New Gaming Device
This is What’s Trending Today.
Video game company Nintendo announced its newest portable gaming device on Thursday. It is called the Nintendo Switch. It lets users play games both at home on their televisions and while moving around.
The announcement came in the form of a video on Thursday morning.
People around the world played the video over 10 million times in the first day.
More than 100,000 people left comments. One person wrote: “This is the future of... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:02:28 +0000
'The Lady, or the Tiger?' by Frank R. Stockton
Today's story is “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton. Here is Barbara Klein with the story.
Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer.
One of the king’s ideas was a public arena as an agent of poetic justice. Crime was punished, or innocence was decided, by the result of chance. When a person was accused of a crime, his future would be... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:01:55 +0000
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