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
Natural nomads, leatherback turtles opt to stay in place
Endangered leatherback sea turtles are known for their open-ocean migratory nature and nomadic foraging habits -- traveling thousands of miles. But a naturalist and his colleagues have discovered an area along the Mozambique coast that the turtles have made their permanent home, according to a study. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:29:19 EST
What makes your voice yours?
What are the characteristics of the way you say, “hello,” (or anything else for that matter) that makes you recognizable over the phone? Despite the increasing amount of literature on personal voice quality, very little is actually known about how to characterize the sound of an individual speaker. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:07:18 EST
Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology
Just like workers in a factory, enzymes can create a final product more efficiently if they are stuck together in one place and pass the raw material from enzyme to enzyme, assembly line-style. That's according to scientists who have recreated a 10-step biological pathway with all the enzymes tethered to nanoparticles. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:07:14 EST
Evaluation of scientific rigor in animal research
The “reproducibility crisis” in biomedical research has led to questions about the scientific rigor in animal research, and thus the ethical justification of animal experiments. In new research, scientists have assessed scientific rigor in animal experimentation in Switzerland. The study found widespread deficiencies in the reporting of experimental methodology. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:07:11 EST
Carter: US Must Stay in Iraq, Ensure IS Stays Defeated
The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel IS from Mosul.
He said the militants are on a path to lasting defeat.
“But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:20:26 -0500
Thousands Rally in Indonesia for Tolerance After Blasphemy Protests
Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied Sunday in the center of the capital Jakarta, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city’s minority Christian governor.
The crowds filled a major traffic circle in the heart of the city and sprawled into its main thoroughfares.
The demonstrators waved “We Are Indonesia” signs and a giant red-and-white national flag was held aloft by hundreds of people.
Rallies rock capital
The capital of... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:47:52 -0500
Russia: Islamic State Leader, 4 Other Jihadists Killed in North Caucasus
Russian news reports say security forces in Russia’s North Caucasus region have killed a rebel chieftain with ties to Islamic State extremists.
The RIA Novosti news agency identified the suspect as Rustam Aselderov, also known as Abu Muhammad, and said he was one of five militants killed near Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan. The Tass news agency described the Russian security sweep as ongoing and said it was to resume Sunday morning.
In a statement from the Federal... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:48:36 -0500
Obama to Give Last Counterterrorism Speech in Florida
President Obama will give his final speech about U.S. counterterrorism strategy Tuesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, the White House announced.
The base is the headquarters for the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, the units in charge of Special Operations elements of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Obama plans to meet with active-duty service members stationed at MacDill, including members of special ops teams who have played key roles in... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:18:19 -0500
Pakistan Opposition Politicians Slam Hard-line Cleric’s Provincial Win
Pakistani opposition political parties are expressing outrage after a hard-line cleric of a banned terror group with links to the Taliban and al-Qaida won a legislative seat in the country’s most populous province.
“Rest in pieces National Action Plan,” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party and son of slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, said in a tweet, referring to Pakistan’s counterterrorism initiative.
Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi, son of a Sunni... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:53:57 -0500
This Day in History
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0100
First Edition of the
Established in 1881, the Los Angeles Times was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis. The newspaper prospered and became an influential force in conservative politics in California. Long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis's son-in-law Harry Chandler, it developed into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism in the 1960s, with Otis Chandler at the helm, and came to be seen as one of the world's top papers. Why were its offices bombed in 1910? Discuss
Liberia ‘stable’ but needs continued attention, Security Council told
Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Liberia, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today underlined that the country remained stable and that since the security transition in June this year, there had been no incident serious enough to warrant an armed response from the UN mission in the country, known as UNMIL. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:50:57 EST
UN refugee agency boosts winter assistance for displaced Iraqis in conflict-affected villages
As the security situation has stabilized in villages near war-torn Mosul, where Iraqi military operations are under way to wrest the city from terrorists, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are racing against time to distributing winter kits to those who remained or returned home and those newly-displaced as plunging temperatures hit the area. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:34:53 EST
Adler reclassification likely to go ahead
The reclassification of the controversial Adler shotgun to the toughest category looks like getting the go-ahead, opening the way for limited importation to resume. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:52:41 +0100
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Samuel Butler (1835)
Butler was a British novelist and critic. Descended from clergymen, he grappled for years with Christianity and evolution in his writings, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories. He is best known for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh. During his lifetime, his reputation rested on the utopian satire Erewhon (1872), which foreshadowed the end of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. What prediction did Butler make about human evolution? Discuss
Entertainment week in pictures: 27 Nov - 3 Dec
A look at some of the events in the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Eddie Redmayne receiving an OBE and Jennifer Lawrence in London. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:56:13 GMT
Article of the Day
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0100
A local currency is a currency that is not backed by a national government and is intended for trade only in a small area. Today, more than 2,500 local currency systems operate throughout the world. Though advocates say local currencies enable people in economically depressed regions to improve their situation, opponents argue that such systems can interfere with economies of scale and lead to tax evasion. What are some examples of local currencies? Discuss
Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Land of Punt
Punt was a fabled land in eastern Africa sought by ancient Egyptians as a source of gold, frankincense, myrrh, and other exotic and precious goods. It is known only from Egyptian records of expeditions to East Africa, which date back to the 25th century BCE. Punt was also called "God's Land" because its position in relation to the rising sun placed it under the sun god's domain. Though most scholars link Punt with the Red Sea, its exact location remains a mystery. What are some of the theories?
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The lexical compilations known as dictionaries have taken many forms throughout the ages. The earliest dictionaries were created by the Greeks in the first century CE, while multilingual dictionaries emerged during the Middle Ages. Though today's lexica contain alphabetized word lists, until the 18th century, English dictionaries were predominantly organized by topic. What were some of the distinctly American words that Noah Webster first documented in his 1828 dictionary?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Retired Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis will be secretary of defense under the Trump administration. He would also serve as a member of the National Security Co Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:25:49 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Only a divesture of his financial stake in his massive real estate business will resolve Donald Trump's conflicts of interest as he gets ready to assume office in January nex Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:34:16 +1100
US woman alleged gang-rape: Govt. assures action
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured that the government would initiate action against the culprits, who allegedly gang-raped a U.S. woman at a Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:00:11 +1100
Blue chip revival comes with caveat
The great rotation out of highly priced growth stocks back into steadier blue chips looks set to continue, analysts say, but caution not all of the market's biggest companies are likely to rise. Sun Dec 04 05:34:52 UTC 2016
Majority of US Undergraduates Are ‘Nontraditional’
There is a commonly held belief in the United States about the best path to a college education.
Many Americans would say this path involves graduating from high school at age 17 or 18. Then, going off to university to live and study for just four years. And, at the end of that term, receiving a degree.
But, that is not as usual a path as people might think. U.S. Department of Education research suggests that the majority of undergraduate college students take a less... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:36:19 +0000
Refugee Football Team Aims for Greek League
Greece has a new football team called Hope Refugee United.
Every one of its players is a refugee.
It all started with a few young men kicking a football around at a refugee camp near Athens. Americans know the game as soccer.
The newly formed team has played only a few games as Hope Refugee United. Now, the players are dreaming bigger as they take part in trials to form an official league team. Their hope is to compete against some of Greece’s best teams in the... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:16:53 +0000
Join us now for Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English.
On this show we talk about the origins and meanings of common expressions in American English. Every week we dream up topics you might find interesting. Well, we also do research. But today we have dreamt up a show on “dreams.”
Dreams are the visions we have when we are asleep. But the word “dream” fills the expressions we use when we are awake.
“The stuff dreams are made of” is a romantic... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:15:50 +0000
Pakistan's New Army Chief Takes Command
General Qamar Javed Bajwa has taken command of Pakistan’s army, the sixth-largest in the world.
The official change of command ceremony took place earlier this week near the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
The former chief, General Raheel Sharif, called Bajwa a “strong decision maker” who faces a complex security situation.
Many Pakistanis did not want Sharif to leave office. Some put up large street signs asking him to stay. Others launched a social media campaign with the... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:00:34 +0000
Appeal for Next US President to Help Women in Business
Before Americans knew who would become the next president, a group of business leaders sent a letter to the two main candidates.
Elizabeth Gore wrote the letter, and 85 business leaders, both men and women, signed it.
Gore serves an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Dell computer company. Her letter urges the next president to take steps that would make it easier for businesses owned by women to grow.
The letter was called “What We Need to Succeed.”
Gore noted that... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:52:21 +0000
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