May had objections to Hinkley Point, says Cable
Theresa May had "objections" to a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point during the days of the coalition, says the then Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:58:32 GMT
RBS performs poorly in stress tests
Tests to see how the biggest European banks would cope with a major economic crisis find that RBS Group would perform comparatively poorly. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:18:06 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
Quantum theory and Einstein's special relativity applied to plasma physics issues
Among the intriguing issues in plasma physics are those surrounding X-ray pulsars -- collapsed stars that orbit around a cosmic companion and beam light at regular intervals, like lighthouses in the sky. Physicists want to know the strength of the magnetic field and density of the plasma that surrounds these pulsars, which can be millions of times greater than the density of plasma in stars like the sun. Researchers have developed a theory of plasma waves that can infer these properties in greater detail than in standard approaches. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:01:49 EDT
Something deep within: Nanocrystals grown in nanowires
Scientists have tailored extremely small wires that carry light and electrons. These new structures could open up a potential path to smaller, lighter, or more efficient devices, they say. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:32:08 EDT
Scientists identify immunological profiles of people who make powerful HIV antibodies
People living with HIV who naturally produce broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that may help suppress the virus have different immunological profiles than people who do not, researchers report. While bNAbs cannot completely clear HIV infections in people who already acquired the virus, scientists believe a successful preventive HIV vaccine must induce bNAbs. Defining how to safely replicate these attributes in HIV-uninfected vaccine recipients may lead to better designed experimental vaccines to protect against HIV. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:30:30 EDT
Hong Kong Bars Pro-independence Politician From Upcoming Poll
A top pro-independence politician in Hong Kong has been barred from running in the territory's September legislative elections.
Andy Chan, the founder of the Hong Kong National Party, was one of at least 13 pro-democracy candidates who refused to sign a new required pledge stating that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China. The city government announced Saturday that he has been disqualified from running.
Chan's party, which backs independence for the city-state,... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:35:36 -0400
Russia Says Malware Found in 20 of Country’s Computer Networks
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said that the computer networks of about 20 Russian organizations, government agencies and defense contractors have been infected with malware designed for cyber espionage.
The virus and the way the networks were infected bear similar characteristics to the software used in high-profile cyber espionage cases in Russia and worldwide, the FSB said in a statement on its website Saturday.
"The analysis found that spyware affected the... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:45:35 -0400
Armenian Protesters Clash With Riot Police Amid Hostage Crisis
A tense standoff between riot police and armed supporters of an imprisoned politician continued Saturday in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
Three gunmen, who have barricaded themselves inside a police station for about two weeks, were wounded Friday in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Authorities said that the gunmen shot first and the wounded inside the station were being treated by three members of an ambulance crew who were being held hostage.
Riot police used truncheons, stun... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:40:48 -0400
Brazilian Drug Lord Found Serving Time in Paraguay Prison ‘VIP’ Suite
Authorities in Paraguay raided the jail cell of a Brazilian drug lord and found instead a three-room luxury suite.
The "VIP cell," as it was known to prisoners, had a library, kitchen, conference room and even a plasma television.
Jarvis Chimenes Pavao, considered one of the most dangerous drug traffickers in South America, was being held at Tacumbu Penitentiary after receiving an eight-year sentence for money laundering.
Reports say Pavao was scheduled to be released in a... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:22:09 -0400
Kurdistan's Forbidden Fruit: Homemade Wine
Nabaz* carefully poured the red wine into one glass, then another, set the bottle down gently and smiled.
He looked around the small living room with the wide glass windows overlooking the city, and at the small group of guests he had never met, and offered them his wine.
It was the first time Nabaz had personally introduced his homemade production.
“I was a little anxious to see the reaction,” he said later. “Obviously, this to me is a work of art, and art all... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:30:42 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0200
WWI: Black Tom Explosion (1916)
In the midst of WWI, German saboteurs demolished a US munitions stockpile in the Black Tom section of Jersey City, New Jersey. The series of massive explosions killed a few, injured hundreds, damaged all sorts of structures, including the Statue of Liberty, and was heard hundreds of miles away. Sued by the US government in 1922 but vindicated in 1930 by an international claims commission, the German government was ultimately ordered to pay $50 million in damages. When was the final payment made? Discuss
Security Council approves 228-strong UN police contingent for Burundi
The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:34:41 EST
DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape
Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:16:27 EST
UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo
As the humanitarian crisis reaches distressing levels in Syria, particularly in and around battle-torn Aleppo, the United Nations envoy for the country welcomed today initiatives aimed at assisting the civilian population trapped amid the fighting and, “under the right circumstances,” the implementation of humanitarian corridors. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:08:01 EST
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Emily Brontë (1818)
Sister of writers Charlotte and Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë was an English author who is most famous for her novel Wuthering Heights, a highly imaginative story of passion and hatred set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily's unusual character and intellect seem to have been unrecognized by her family until quite late in her short life—she died at 30 of tuberculosis—but Charlotte was astonished by her poetry and regarded her work as unparalleled. Emily originally published under what pen name? Discuss
Entertainment week in pictures
A look at some of the events over the past week, including Michael Keaton receiving a Hollywood star and the stars of Doctor Who taking a selfie. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:41:52 GMT
How real-life events can delay films
An attack on the public in France saw a film pulled from cinemas, a situation that TV networks and movie studios have often had to deal with in order to not appear insensitive or distasteful. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:29:13 GMT
Meryl Streep 'set for Mary Poppins role'
Meryl Streep is in talks to reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt on Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, according to reports. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:58:52 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Pig-Footed Bandicoot
Extinct since the mid 20th century, the pig-footed bandicoot was a small, mostly herbivorous marsupial of the plains of inland Australia. About the size of a kitten, the pig-footed bandicoot had large, pointed ears, a long tail, long, slender limbs, and, as its name suggests, hoof-like nails on its forefeet and hind legs, making it unique among marsupials. Though its decline coincided with the arrival of Europeans, the cause of its extinction remains uncertain. What are some theories? Discuss
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Now a term used to describe any drunken revelry, bacchanalia were wild festivals honoring the Greco-Roman god of wine, Bacchus. Introduced around 200 BCE, bacchanalia were originally held in secret 3 times a year and attended only by women. Later, admission was opened to men and celebrations became as frequent as 5 times a month. The notoriety of the festivals led to a Senate decree in 186 BCE prohibiting them except in the event of special approval. What happened to those who defied the decree?
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Plumed Basilisk
Known in Costa Rica as the "Jesus Christ lizard" for its ability to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support, the plumed basilisk is a species of lizard native to Latin America, with a natural habitat that ranges from Mexico to Ecuador. An excellent swimmer, Basiliscus plumifrons can stay under water for up to 30 minutes. Plumed basilisks are omnivorous and eat insects, small mammals and lizards, fruits, and flowers. What predators prey on the lizard?
Texas hot air balloon crashes, 16 feared dead
A hot air balloon with at least 16 people on board has crashed in the area of the central Texas city of Lockhart, TV broadcaster KVUE and others report. Sat Jul 30 16:07:13 UTC 2016
Convention Speeches of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
The Republican and Democratic parties both recently held their national conventions. They officially nominated their candidates for the office of President of the United States. Listen as each candidate explains what is important to them and their political parties in this election. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:57:00 +0000
Big Bend National Park: A Texas Treasure
Today on our national parks journey, we head to the far western part of Texas. The landscape here is severe. The Chisos Mountains rise from the desert. The Rio Grande River cuts deep into ancient limestone rock. Cactus plants flower under the intense sun.
Welcome to Big Bend National Park.
At first sight, Big Bend seems empty of life. But, the park is home to many plants and animals. Over 450 kinds of birds can be found within the park, along with 75 mammal species and... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:15:28 +0000
New 'Star Trek' Movie Out as Series Celebrates 50 Years
Last week the latest movie in the “Star Trek” series was released. “Star Trek Beyond” made close to $60 million in ticket sales. Although it led movie openings in earning that weekend, it made less than the opening of the last film in the series, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
But critics and movie goers have praised the new movie. Movie business experts expect the film to do well overall.
And it does not hurt that the release comes during the 50th anniversary year of the birth of... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:06:15 +0000
'The Furnished Room,' by O. Henry
We present the short story "The Furnished Room," by O. Henry. The story was originally adapted and recorded by the U.S. Department of State.
Restless, always moving, forever passing like time itself, are most of the people who live in these old red houses. This is on New York’s West Side.
The people are homeless, yet they have a hundred homes. They go from furnished room to furnished room. They are transients, transients forever—transients in living place,... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:00:10 +0000
Australian Team Moves Into Athlete’s Village
When the Australian athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arrived last weekend for the Olympic Games, they got a surprise.
The team’s housing in the athlete’s village was not ready.
Some of the hallways were dark, electrical wiring had not been covered, the toilets did not work and sinks were blocked.
But, after four days at a hotel, the Australian athletes finally moved in on Wednesday.
Olympic organizers agreed that some buildings were not ready for occupancy after some... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:00:09 +0000
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