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
Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine
Thanks to a secret vaccine ingredient as well as a net of worldwide researchers and successful vaccination campaigns, smallpox was finally eradicated in 1977. A new study provides an in-depth investigation of the mysteries associated with the development of smallpox vaccine and is a rich and interesting account of how the vaccine lymph was spread worldwide. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:36:56 EDT
New Bioimaging technique is fast and economical
A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue -- such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:24:30 EDT
To reduce postoperative pain, consider sleep -- and caffeine
A new preclinical study found that a brief period of extended wakefulness before surgery enhances pain and prolongs recovery time after surgery. Caffeine administration helped to reduce the harmful effects of sleep loss on subsequent surgical pain. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:24:27 EDT
Ocean channel in Bahamas marks genetic divide in Brazilian free-tailed bats
Brazilian free-tailed bats are expert flyers, capable of migrating hundreds of miles and regularly traveling more than 30 miles a night. But they pull up short at a narrow ocean channel that cuts across the Bahamas, dividing bat populations that last shared an ancestor hundreds of thousands of years ago. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:24:18 EDT
Barcelona Investigators Focusing Increasingly on North African Links
A year ago, analysts were expressing confidence during a major conference in London that southern Europe would avoid the kind of large-scale Islamic terror attacks seen in northern European cities like Paris and Brussels.
At a conference at King's College, London, to explore the jihadist threat to Europe, analysts drawn from across the continent highlighted the fact that neither Spain — nor Italy, for that matter, which has also been on the receiving end of vocal Islamic State threats... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:23:01 -0400
IS Atrocities Spike in North, East Afghanistan
Recent terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan indicate an increase in the atrocities it's committing against civilians and a deliberate attempt to wreak havoc and spread fear among noncombatants in the country.
Since its emergence in 2015, the extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks across Afghanistan and has been accused of indiscriminately attacking civilians in general and the Shi'ite minority in... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:25:03 -0400
Venezuelan Congress Rejects Constituent Assembly's Power Seizure
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly met Saturday to reject the pro-government constituent assembly's proclamation of lawmaking authority a day earlier.
Outspoken opposition spokesman Freddy Guevara, the vice president of the National Assembly, on Saturday condemned the constituent assembly's power grab, and the body itself, as "null." He accused the pro-government assembly of acting to approve contracts and secure international financing in the midst... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:38:57 -0400
Somalia Forces Capture Key al-Shabab Town of Bariire
African Union and Somali government forces have captured the town of Bariire, a strategic militant base in the south of the country, officials and witnesses said Saturday.
Commanders said the Islamist al-Shabab group fled following heavy fighting outside the town in which the joint troops approached from three directions.
Bariire was one of al-Shabab's strongholds in the south and only 45 kilometers (27 miles) from Mogadishu, the country's capital.
"The joint troops... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:30:47 -0400
Video, Photos: VOA Reports on Competing Boston Rallies
Thousands of leftist activists marched Saturday through downtown Boston in opposition to a planned free-speech rally that featured right-wing speakers, heavily outnumbering the few dozen people who showed up for the rally.
WATCH: VOA's Carolyn Presutti in Boston
WATCH: VOA Spanish service broadcast Celia Mendoza in Boston
The rally was organized in July by a group calling itself Boston Free Speech, which says it is made up of a coalition of "libertarians,... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:04:25 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Final Concert (1990)
Less than two months before he died, Bernstein, a highly regarded American composer and conductor, conducted what would be his final concert. He had suffered from smoking-related lung problems for years, and his coughing fit partway through the Boston Symphony appearance that night nearly ended the performance. With his health declining, he officially retired in early October, and he died just five days later. What feat in 1943 made him an overnight sensation and set his career in motion? Discuss
'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day
On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST
A new plan to tackle vehicle attacks: govt
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce a new national security strategy following the terrorist attack in Barcelona in which a vehicle was once again used to mow down innocent people in a crowded area. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:49:46 +0200
CCTV of murdered Vic grandmother released
Footage of a murdered Melbourne grandmother has been released as well as a photo of her car as police continue to hunt for the 69-year-old's killer. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:49:46 +0200
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Orville Wright (1871)
Born and raised in Ohio, Orville was four years younger than his brother Wilbur. They were in the bicycle business when they began the aeronautic experiments that led to the first controlled, powered airplane flight in 1903. Wilbur died in 1912, and Orville sold his interest in their company three years later. He later served for 28 years on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA, before his death in 1948. What toy sparked Orville's interest in flying as a boy? Discuss
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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza
The 2005 Banco Central burglary in Fortaleza, Brazil, was one of the largest bank robberies in history. In one weekend, thieves took nearly four tons of uninsured, non-sequential 50-real notes valued at roughly $70 million. The burglars spent three months tunneling to the vault from a rented house two blocks away. Though the police made several arrests in the case, more than $60 million remains missing. Why weren't neighbors suspicious when they saw vanloads of soil being removed from the house? Discuss
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
William James Sidis: Child Prodigy
Sidis was an American child prodigy who could read The New York Times by the time he was 18 months old. By age eight, he had taught himself eight languages and had invented one of his own. It is said that in his adult years he could speak more than 40 languages and learn a new one in a single day. In 1909, he became the youngest person ever to enroll at Harvard College and began lecturing on higher mathematics the following year. What became of Sidis after he graduated in 1914, at age 16?
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is a 200-year-old competition held annually in the Cotswolds region of England. Drawing both local and international participants, the race begins when a round of Double Gloucester cheese is set loose at the top of a steep hill. Competitors dash after it, risking sprained ankles, broken bones, and concussions in the chase. Even spectators risk injury, as the cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h). What does the first person over the finish line win?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Expressing sadness over what he called ‘U.S. history being torn apart’, President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to side with white supremacist groups, over the re Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:28 +1000
VIRGINIA, U.S. - Following the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed in the violence that broke out at a rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:24:28 +1000
College Admissions: Identifying Helpful Resources
It is never too late to ask for help. This advice can be useful for anyone in their day-to-day life.
It can also be important for someone hoping to get a college education one day.
Seeking admission to a college or university can be a complex process. There are so many things to consider. Some of the decisions you make can affect the rest of your life.
In the United States, most college applicants are high school students. Many are 17 or 18 years old. One might ask how... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:05:18 +0000
Seeing an Eclipse Is Good! Being Eclipsed Is Not
Hello and welcome to Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.
On this program we explore the origin and usage of common expressions in American English. We always give examples or dialogues using the expressions. Sometimes we even use the words in a short story. All of these can, hopefully, teach you how to best use the expressions.
For today's word we turn our eyes toward the sky!
There is one natural event that many people want to experience during... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:02:25 +0000
Breastfeeding Center Helps Ugandan Lawmakers with Work, Motherhood
The World Health Organization (WHO) says breastfeeding is very important for the health of babies.
WHO officials say mother’s milk should be the only food given to babies during the first six months of life. They advise that breastfeeding should continue in children up to two years of age. But that can be difficult for working mothers around the world.
In Uganda, parliament is supporting the act of breastfeeding by providing a free day care center for female lawmakers and the... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:00:45 +0000
Reporter’s Arrest Increases Concerns about Bangladeshi Law
Abdul Latif Morol's problems started after he wrote on social media about a dead goat.
Morol, a Bangladeshi journalist, had reported on a donation from a government official. The official had given a number of farm animals to a rural community southwest of Dhaka, the country’s capital. One of the animals, a goat, had quickly died.
“Goat given by the state minister in the morning died in the evening,” Morol wrote.
A pro-government newspaper correspondent accused the... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:27:14 +0000
UN Officials: Libyan Unrest Harming Children
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says more than 500,000 children in Libya are in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance.
The UN agency notes that migrant children passing through Libya are especially at risk of abuse.
Competing governments have sought to control the North African country since the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in October of 2011. There is no sign the fighting, displacement of people and economic problems will end anytime... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:20:35 +0000
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