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
Higher IQ in childhood is linked to a longer life
Higher intelligence (IQ) in childhood is associated with a lower lifetime risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, smoking related cancers, respiratory disease and dementia, finds a new study. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:00:12 EDT
Study of US seniors strengthens link between air pollution and premature death
A new study of 60 million Americans -- about 97 percent of people age 65 and older in the United States -- shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:32:11 EDT
Scientists identify cause, possible treatment for life-threatening gut condition
Investigators have discovered a genetic cause and potential treatment strategy for a rare immune disorder called CHAPLE disease. Children with the condition can experience severe gastrointestinal distress and deep vein blood clots. No effective treatments are available to ameliorate or prevent these life-threatening symptoms. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:32:08 EDT
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
Combining nanophotonics and thermoelectrics, engineers generate materials capable of distinguishing between tiny differences in wavelengths of light. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:21:54 EDT
Federal Survey: Half of Hate Crimes Go Unreported
The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates’ concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities.
More than half of the 250,000 hate crimes that took place each year between 2004 and 2015 went unreported to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, according to a special report on hate crimes from the Bureau of... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 02:19:12 -0400
Panel Rejects Attempt by Democrats to Get Trump Travel Costs
The GOP-led House Armed Services Committee narrowly defeated a bid by Democrats late Wednesday to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties he owns.
Republicans denounced the measure as “gotcha politics” and an attempt to litigate the 2016 election. But Democrats fired back, saying Trump has invited the scrutiny by refusing to divest himself from his business empire or release his... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 02:01:57 -0400
China’s Xi Arrives to Mark Hong Kong Anniversary
China’s President Xi Jinping was greeted by supporters waving red Hong Kong and Chinese flags as he arrived Thursday to mark two decades since China took control of the former British colony.
Xi’s Air China plane touched down at midday for a three-day visit, which culminates Saturday when Xi will oversee an inauguration ceremony for the Asian financial hub’s new leader, Carrie Lam.
Pro-democracy activists staged protests ahead of his... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:45:27 -0400
US Farmers Plow Through Uncertain Trade Environment
It’s been a tough stretch for Illinois farmer Wendell Shauman. His costs for everything from fertilizer to seed have increased, but the price for his crops have not.
During the last four years, Shauman’s income has dropped, and he was hoping that ending the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba would give his bottom line a little boost.
“Cuba’s a logical market,” he explained to VOA on his farm in rural Kirkwood, Illinois. “Something that’s 90 miles away should be your... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:40:36 -0400
World Food Prize Winner: Immense Challenges Lie Ahead
This year's World Food Prize has been awarded to African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, for his work to improve the lives of millions of small farmers across the African continent — especially in Nigeria, where he was once the agriculture minister.
Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, said the $250,000 award reflected Adesina's "breakthrough achievements" in Nigeria and his leadership role in the... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:14:09 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Algerian Leader Muhammad Boudiaf Assassinated (1992)
Boudiaf was an Algerian political leader and a founder of the National Liberation Front, which directed the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) against France. Boudiaf was captured in 1956 and imprisoned. He was freed after Algeria gained independence, but his opposition to the new regime led to a 27-year exile. In 1992, he was invited back to head the government and deal with rising religious influence in politics. Months later, he was assassinated by a bodyguard while doing what? Discuss
Harness ‘immense’ potential offered by migration, UN officials urge at global forum
Speaking at a major international meeting on migration and development, senior United Nations officials have underlined the need for safe, orderly and regular migration options to ensure that people around the world are not forced to undertake arduous and dangerous pathways in their search for a better future. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:48:25 EST
International cooperation key to keeping WMDs away from terrorists, Security Council told
The United Nations disarmament chief today called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:57:11 EST
July 1 pay cuts for some, rises for others
Cuts to penalty rate cuts, rises in the cost of digital products and superannuation amendments are just some of the federal changes to come into effect in the new financial year. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:02:04 +0200
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Giacomo Leopardi (1798)
Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? Discuss
Article of the Day
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The History of Saffron
Spanning cultures, continents, and civilizations, the history of saffron in human cultivation and use reaches back more than 3,000 years. Saffron, a spice derived from the stigmas of saffron crocus plants, has been used as a seasoning, fragrance, dye, and medicine and has remained among the world's costliest substances throughout history. After saffron spread to America in the 18th c, demand grew so much that its price on the Philadelphia commodities exchange matched that of what precious metal? Discuss
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Performed on short courses featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles, cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that requires riders to dismount, carry their bikes while maneuvering around obstructions, and remount without losing speed. Some trace the origins of the sport to the early 1900s, when European road racers would race to the next town by cutting through fields, over fences, and taking various other shortcuts. Why did the sport gain popularity in 1910?
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Four Heavenly Kings
The Four Heavenly Kings are Buddhist deities tasked with watching over the world's four cardinal directions. As guardians of the world and fighters of evil, they have vowed to shield the Buddha's followers from danger and possess the power to command a legion of supernatural creatures to protect the Dharma, the Buddha's teachings. Thrice monthly, the kings send messengers or go themselves to see how virtue and morality are faring in the world of men. To whom do they report their findings?
Fire engulfs tower block in west London
A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block before dawn, causing dozens of casualties and trapping residents inside. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:49:00 +0200
Trump tweet inspires new 'COVFEFE Act'
A congressman has introduced a bill that aims to preserve President Trump's tweets to make sure they are archived as part of his presidential records Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:04:00 +0200
WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpopularity reached new heights after a recent global survey revealed that the man heading America is trusted by a meagre 22 percent people p Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:08:46 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Monday, the U.S. issued a grave warning to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claiming that America had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapon Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:50:48 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - The first ever meeting held between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump was watched closely by U.S. allies and Asian nations alike and it turned o Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:11:21 +1000
Sleep Expert Tells Students All-Night Study Hurts Performance
Sleep expert David Earnest often tells college students that a good night’s sleep is important for academic success.
Not that they listen to him.
Earnest is a professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He explains that so-called “all nighters,” in which students spend all night studying instead of sleeping, are not effective – or healthy.
“The sort of common approach for college students…is to wait until the last minute in terms of preparing or studying for an... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:05:07 +0000
Five Fun Puzzle Apps to Stretch Your Brain
Fun puzzle apps are handy to have on your phone. Keep them ready when you need to clear your mind. Maybe you are stuck in the office on a Friday afternoon, or trapped in a car on a long road trip, or waiting on a flight that is delayed. Puzzle apps can help make that time more enjoyable.
The apps can also help avoid the oft-repeated question, "Are we there yet?" from your young travelers.
But puzzle apps can do more than entertain you. They can also improve your... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:00:21 +0000
Protesters Arrested Days Before Hong Kong Marks 20 Years Under China
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Britain handing over Hong Kong to China.
The city plans a major celebration of the change that took place on July 1, 1997. The Chinese military will hold a huge fireworks show, and Chinese President Xi Jinping is making a state visit starting Thursday.
But, as the city prepares, not everyone is welcoming the events.
Concerns over ‘one country, two systems’
Twenty-three-year-old Nathan Law is Hong Kong’s youngest-ever lawmaker.... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:57:27 +0000
Fake TIME Magazine Covers Hang at Trump Golf Courses
This is What’s Trending Today.
Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold followed Donald Trump throughout the 2016 presidential election campaign.
He wrote about then-candidate Trump’s promises to give money to charity. He reported that Trump’s own organization donated very little money over the years.
He also reported on an old recording in which Trump is heard talking about touching women without their permission.
Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize this year for... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:56:16 +0000
Farming Takes Hold in Undeveloped Areas of Los Angeles
For years, farming on empty land was a big issue in one of America’s biggest cities -- Los Angeles, California.
The city government refused to permit planting of crops in vacant, undeveloped areas.
But Los Angeles residents pressured local leaders to let them grow food in open spaces, including strips of land between the street and sidewalks.
Two years ago, city officials gave residents permission to plant crops in such spaces.
Ron Finley is now growing food on a... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:55:53 +0000
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