One last hit
The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the Philippines' dark underbelly of police raids, dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:12:48 GMT
NHS cuts 'planned across England'
Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England, including ward closures, according to draft documents seen by the BBC. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:14:54 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
Investigating the relationship between low physical activity and psychotic symptoms
Physical activity can help reduce cardiovascular disease and premature mortality in people with psychological problems. However, there is limited data on exercise in people with serious mental disorders, especially from low- and middle-income countries. This study explored whether complying with the World Health Organization recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise per week is related to psychotic symptoms or the diagnosis of a psychosis. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:17:25 EDT
Newly discovered 'multicomponent' virus can infect animals
Scientists have identified a new 'multicomponent' virus --one containing different segments of genetic material in separate particles -- that can infect animals. This new pathogen was isolated from several species of mosquitoes in Central and South America. GCXV does not appear to infect mammals; however, the team also isolated a related virus, Jingmen tick virus, from a nonhuman primate. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:17:14 EDT
The brain uses backward instant replays to remember important travel routes
Neuroscientists believe they have figured out how some rats solve certain navigational problems. If there's a 'reward' at the end of the trip, like the chocolatey drink used in this study, specialized neurons in the hippocampus of the brain 'replay' the route taken to get it, but backward. And the greater the reward, the more often the rats' brains replay it. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:29 EDT
Strong Aftershocks Rock Central Italy
Already suffering from the earthquake that shook the area Wednesday, two strong aftershock hit the town of Amatrice in central Italy Friday.
The aftershocks, one registering magnitude 4.3 and the other 4.7 caused more damage to buildings and sent up plumes of smoke, instilling panic in the town.
Since the original earthquake hit Amatrice early Wednesday morning, the city has seen more than 500 additional aftershocks, most of which were relatively mild.
Meanwhile, civil protection... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:25:36 -0400
Car Bomb Hits Police Checkpoint in Turkey, Kills 8
A car-bomb blast Friday in Cizre, southeast Turkey, has killed at least eight police officers and wounded scores of other people, hospital officials said.
Local news channels showed a large plume of smoke filling the air after the explosion in the site that is believed to be a police checkpoint.
Friday’s explosion took place around 6:30 a.m. local time (3:30 UTC).
The town of Cizre is in Sirnak, a province that borders Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:15:31 -0400
Nepal Bus Accident Kills 21
Officials in central Nepal say a bus has plunged into a river, killing 21 passengers.
Authorities say the accident happened early Friday when the bus fell into the fast-flowing Trishul river, near Chandibhanjyang, about 120 kilometers west of Kathmandu, the capital.
Sixteen people survived the crash, officials say.
Rescue workers continue to look for other possible victims and survivors.
Accidents happen frequently on Nepal's roadways, usually blamed on the country's... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:22:38 -0400
South Korea's Lotte Group Vice Chairman Found Dead Ahead of Questioning
A senior executive of one of South Korea's largest businesses has been found dead, just hours before he was scheduled to be questioned by prosecutors about allegations of corruption in the Lotte Group, a family-run conglomerate.
Lee In-won, who was 69, was Lotte's vice chairman, the company's highest-ranking executive outside the founding family. His body was discovered near Seoul Friday morning.
South Korean media are reporting the death as a suicide.
Lee had been... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:17:36 -0400
Obama Plans to Create World's Largest Marine Protected Area
The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.
Obama's proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 1.5 million square kilometers, more than twice the size of Texas.
Obama will travel to the monument next week to mark the designation and cite the... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:12:20 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)
In 1976, the Parti Québécois, a party of French-Canadian nationalists formed in 1970, won control of the provincial parliament. Among its first acts was the passage of La charte de la langue française—the Charter of the French Language. Also known as Bill 101, the controversial legislation made French the official language of Quebec and prohibited the use of English on signs and in most commercial transactions. What effect did the charter have on businesses in Quebec? Discuss
Situation in Kosovo more stable, but underlying tensions remain – UN envoy
Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the United Nations Security Council today that while opposition parties in Kosovo continue to try to generate, exploit and, if possible, prolong moments of ‘crisis,’ they appear to have become aware that the use of violence is counterproductive to their objective of gaining more political influence. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:00:37 EST
Aid convoys ‘ready’ to enter Aleppo; UN envoys await Russia-US talks on truce
Reporting that the Russian Federation is backing a 48-hour humanitarian pause in and around Aleppo, senior United Nations envoys on the Syrian crisis today said they are “waiting for others on the ground to do the same,” and are ready to green light aid convoys to the war-ravaged city once assurances are received. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:28:28 EST
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)
Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins' Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name? Discuss
Vice head: Prepare for media bloodbath
This year will be a "bloodbath" in the world of media, according to the head of one of the fastest growing digital media businesses, Vice. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:33:13 GMT
Britney Spears set for Apple Music Festival
Britney Spears is among 10 acts set to headline this year's Apple Music Festival, along with Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:03:56 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
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? Discuss
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?
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Sometimes used to treat skin conditions, mood disorders, and sleep disorders, light therapy consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light for a prescribed amount of time. Visible violet light is used to activate a naturally occurring compound that kills acne-causing bacteria, while sunlight-mimicking light boxes and other infrared lights are used to treat seasonal affective disorder, a winter-related depressive disorder. What travel-related affliction is also treated with light therapy?
MISSISSIPPI, U.S. - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called rival Hillary Clinton a “bigot” at a rally in Jackson, and accused the Democratic Party of using minority communi Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:21:34 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels (IRGCN) intercepted the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Nitze and came within 300 yards of the ship in waters near Strait of Hormuz on Thursday Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:32:25 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A month before the first face-off in the highly anticipated fall debates, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to face heightened expectations, while polit Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:58:08 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump has hired Attorney Charles Harder, threatening to sue media outlets for defamation relating to stories wri Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:05:49 +1000
Graeme Allan to take over as head of football at Collingwood
Graeme Allan will take over as the head of football at Collingwood as the first in a series of highly sensitive manoeuvres designed to give Nathan Buckley his best opportunity to reach finals and retain his job beyond 2017. Fri Aug 26 07:41:00 UTC 2016
China Plans More Island-Building in South China Sea
State-controlled media in China recently reported that the government is trying to reach an agreement with other nations on operations in the South China Sea.
Such a deal could reduce tensions in the area. However, talks on the agreement have been going on for more than ten years, with little progress.
The official China Daily reported that Chinese diplomats and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reached agreement on some issues. The publication... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:30:39 +0000
NASA Finds ‘Lost’ Spacecraft
The American space agency, NASA says it has again made contact with a spacecraft studying the sun and space weather.
NASA said it lost contact with the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, also known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, two years ago.
Communications with the spacecraft were lost after NASA attempted to try to prevent overheating of the spaceship’s antenna.
The space agency said contact with STEREO-B was restored last week.
NASA has another... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:30:21 +0000
Before-and-After Photos From Earthquake in Italy
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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the center of the earthquake was near the town of Norcia.
Amatrice and Accumoli were hit especially hard.
The mayor of Amatrice said “three-quarters of the town is not there anymore.”
Hundreds of people died and more were injured in the quake.
One woman in Amatrice said “it was one of the most beautiful towns of Italy, and now... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:30:02 +0000
US Space Agency Prepares for Asteroid Meet-up
American researchers are making final plans to send a spacecraft into space for a possible meeting with an asteroid.
The spaceship is called OSIRIS-Rex. It is six meters long and shaped like a man’s bow tie.
The asteroid is called Bennu. It is larger than the Empire State Building in New York City. Bennu weighs about 60 million tons and is traveling at a speed of more than 100,000 kilometers an hour.
The huge space rock is getting closer to Earth. It comes as... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:20:35 +0000
US College Libraries in a Digital Age
Many U-S colleges and universities are making big changes to their libraries.
The schools are finding ways to serve students and to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
The days of musty books on shelves, bound journals, card catalogs, long tables and rules governing behavior are gone. Now many campus libraries have cafes, group study areas, where talking is permitted, and sofas designed for taking a short nap. Some are even open 24-hours a day.
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