First Turkish death in Syrian campaign
Turkey suffers its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria, when a soldier is killed in a Kurdish attack on a tank unit. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:45:43 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
Researchers find a new way to identify, target malignant aging in leukemia
Researchers have identified RNA-based biomarkers that distinguish between normal, aging hematopoietic stem cells and leukemia stem cells associated with secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML), a particularly problematic disease that typically afflicts older patients who have often already experienced a bout with cancer. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:26 EDT
The sound of a healthy reef
A new study will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study has determined that sounds created by adult fish and invertebrates may not travel far enough for larvae -- which hatch in open ocean -- to hear them, meaning that the larvae might rely on other means to home in on a reef system. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:24 EDT
Sensor systems identify senior citizens at risk of falling within 3 weeks
Each year, millions of people -- especially those 65 and older -- fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers have found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls. This technology can assist health providers to detect changes and intervene before a fall occurs. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:19 EDT
Help Fighting Terrorism on Dhaka Agenda for US Secretary of State
Combating terrorism will be a top agenda item when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first official visit to Bangladesh, which is still reeling from the July 1 attack claimed by Islamic State at a Dhaka cafe.
The siege left 20 hostages dead, 17 of them foreigners.
Police in Bangladesh said Saturday they killed the suspected mastermind of the attack and two other militants during a raid on their hideout just outside Dhaka.
Since that attack, “there has been an... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:15:02 -0400
Visiting Sacred Ground in National Park Monuments
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this year, adventurer Mikah Meyer is traveling across America with the goal of visiting every one of the more than 400 sites within its jurisdiction.
The young traveler set out from Washington, D.C., in June and has already visited dozens of sites. And VOA has been following him every step of the way.
Thanks to the stunning photographs and videos Mikah and his travel companion, Andy Waldron, have been sending us, we have a... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:52:19 -0400
Researchers: Recycled Concrete's Time Has Come
Recycling in the construction industry has become big business. It's easy to find new life for everything from old windows to wood beams. But until now, concrete — the most widely used building material on Earth — has been largely left behind.
That's a problem for the environment, says Notre Dame engineering professor Yahya Kurama, because concrete has a huge carbon footprint. "It’s very intensive in terms of its demands on energy, water, land space, everything."... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:18:55 -0400
Clinton Foundation Raises Billions to Help People Worldwide
Criticism about Clinton Foundation donors' access to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state has put a spotlight on the multibillion-dollar private charity. VOA's Chris Simkins has a closer look at what the foundation does. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:17:00 -0400
Mauritania Anti-Slavery Activists Appeal Conviction
A group of Mauritanian anti-slavery activists who were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison are appealing, but fear a system they believe is rigged against them.
On August 19, a tribunal in the capital city of Nouakchott found 13 members of the group Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) guilty of charges including being part of an unauthorized organization and inciting attacks against authority.
The charges stem from riots near the capital where police tried to evict... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:39:14 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)
In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? Discuss
UN envoy urges all sides to quickly agree truce to ease suffering in Aleppo
Stressing that “time is of the essence” amid the increasingly dire situation in Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today called for all sides in the conflict to agree by Sunday on allowing aid delivery and repairs for the war-ravaged city's power and water systems to provide some relief for the nearly two million people trapped there. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST
Security Council strongly condemns DPRK missile launches
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which follows a series of recent tests and launches the Council said is a “grave violation” of the DPRK's international obligations and “in flagrant disregard” of repeated calls to halt such activity. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST
UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon
On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:44:05 EST
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Theodore Dreiser (1871)
Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? Discuss
Entertainment week in pictures: 21 - 27 August
A look at some of the pictures from the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Britney's Carpool Karaoke and the unveiling of a statue of Lemmy. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:51:29 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words "subvert" and "advertising," the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically? Discuss
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Widely used in thought experiments—imagined scenarios whose outcomes are reasoned but not physically played out—philosophical zombies are hypothetical beings indistinguishable from normal humans in all but one respect—they lack conscious experience. This quality makes the "p-zombie" an ideal subject for philosophical musings. According to physicalism, everything that exists is ultimately physical. How have philosophers used these hypothetical beings in arguments disputing this perspective?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Cool Biz Campaign
In 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment launched the Cool Biz campaign, a program intended to reduce electricity consumption by limiting air conditioner use. Government offices were asked to set their air conditioners to 82°F (28°C), and workers were advised to wear short-sleeved shirts to keep cool. According to estimates, the campaign resulted in a 460,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions—the equivalent of shutting down some 1 million households for what period of time?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - The government has revealed that it will not finish releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules, showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:45:31 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outright rejected the possibility that her presidential campaign could be derailed by any new scandals, or emails, related t Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:27:41 +1000
Quiet US Trading Week Comes to Stormy End
U.S. stocks ended Friday on a volatile note, following a week of relatively quiet trade. The catalyst for the move was comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.
The formal topic of her remar Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:07:49 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage for saying at a Trump rally that he would not vote for her even i Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:25:59 +1000
Adam Scott vaults into Barclays contention
Adam Scott has made a huge move up the leaderboard in the opening US PGA Tour Playoff event, surging to just two shots off the lead after the third round at The Barclays. Sun Aug 28 01:14:44 UTC 2016
English No Longer Requirement for New York City Taxi Drivers
In New York City, taxicab drivers are a largely immigrant community. And now, they are no longer required to know English.
In April, New York City’s city council approved a bill that allows tests required to get a taxi license to be given in foreign languages. The bill went into effect on August 26.
New York City's taxi industry has been dominated by foreign-born drivers for decades. Only four percent of current New York cab drivers were born in the United States. That... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:15:01 +0000
In Louisiana Flooding, It’s Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Graham Kinchen had an emergency when a sandbag wall near his home began to fall apart.
The wall was protecting his house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from the recent flooding.
He let people know about his problem on Facebook and by telephone. Within five minutes, friends gathered to help rebuild the wall.
The incident shows how neighbors have helped each other in response to the recent flooding in Baton Rouge and nearby communities. Baton Rouge is the capital of the... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:00:16 +0000
The Longest Living Vertebrate is… a Shark
New research found the longest living animal on Earth with a backbone is – a shark.
The research, published in Science magazine, found the Greenland shark is the longest living vertebrate – or animal with a backbone-- in the world. The gray-colored sharks live in the cold waters of the Arctic and are named after Greenland, the world’s largest island.
After examining one of these sharks, scientists decided it was born in the icy waters about 400 years ago, and only... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:29:01 +0000
Wheels: An Invention Worth Exploring
Now, the weekly program Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.
On this program, we explore the history and usage of common expressions in American English.
Today we explore expressions using the word “wheel.”
The first wheels, it is believed, were not used for transportation. They were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 B.C. in Mesopotamia.
The invention of the wheel was a big deal for humanity. And we can be proud of our ancient human... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:00:38 +0000
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