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
Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior
Star-shaped cells called astrocytes, long considered boring, 'support cells,' are finally coming into their own. To everyone's surprise they even play an important role in the body's master clock, which schedules everything from the release of hormones to the onset of sleepiness. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:56 EDT
Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution
A team of scientists has described the most exceptionally preserved fossil bird discovered to date, in a newly published article. The new specimen from the rich Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota (approximately 131 to 120 million years old) is referred to as Eoconfuciusornis, the oldest and most primitive member of the Confuciusornithiformes, a group of early birds characterized by the first occurrence of an avian beak. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:45 EDT
An increasing proportion of women who are 60 years of age and older are drinking
Most older Americans drink alcohol. Given that this segment of the population is projected to almost double by 2050, reaching 112 million, in the future, there will likely be many more older drinkers in the United States than currently. Importantly, older individuals are more sensitive to alcohol’s effects than their younger counterparts, and are also more likely to take prescription medications that can interact negatively with alcohol, potentially leading to falls and other injuries. This study examined trends in drinking status among U.S. adults 60 years of age and older. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:12 EDT
New Anxieties As Trump Says Obamacare Will 'Explode'
Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act are feeling some relief at the failure of Republican efforts to repeal it, but they face new anxieties with President Donald Trump tweeting that "ObamaCare will explode."
Premiums have risen and major insurers have backed out of the state markets where people can buy insurance online under Obama's signature health care law. But people who say it saved their lives or helped them start a business want lawmakers to fix... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:32:53 -0400
IGAD Leaders to Help Send Refugees Back Home
The leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development regional grouping, meeting in Nairobi Saturday, agreed to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees and address the political and security situation in Somalia.
Eight leaders from eastern Africa met in Nairobi to discuss the situation of Somali refugees in the region.
The meeting was held two months before the planned Dadaab refugee camp closure by the Kenyan government.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta insists the... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:51:47 -0400
Thousands of Russians Across the Country Protest Against Corruption
Thousands of Russians took to the streets across the country Sunday to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in rallies called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. News reports say Navalny was detained in Moscow while he was on his way to a rally.
The protests appeared to be the largest coordinated outpouring of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-2012 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.
As... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:39:13 -0400
Hong Kong’s New Chief Exec Pledges to Unite a Divided Society
Hong Kong has selected Carrie Lam to be the city's first-ever female chief executive, sealing an election that many saw as a foregone conclusion and not a democratic race.
Lam previously served as Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration and was China’s preferred candidate in the race.
While she lagged behind in public opinion polls, she outperformed her two male rivals — former finance secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing — claiming 777... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:24:55 -0400
UK Minister: Cost of Wide Access to EU Single Market Not Yet Clear
Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday the British government did not yet know what kind of cost there may be for trying to get the "widest possible access" to the European Union's single market.
Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, hoping to secure what she calls a "good deal" of close cooperation on the economy and security while being able to control immigration.
"I certainly do think that we... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:08:26 -0400
This Day in History
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The Henley Regatta Is Established in England (1839)
Until 1839, the little town of Henley-on-Thames was known primarily as a glass-producing port town. During a town hall meeting that year, Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed holding a regatta, since the growing popularity of rowing could benefit the town. Today, the rowing competition is a world-class competition that draws oarsmen from around the world for five days each summer, with thousands of spectators taking part in its traditions. How did it officially become a "royal" regatta in 1851? Discuss
UN envoy calls for urgent measures to protect ceasefire in Syria
Voicing deep concern over recent escalation of fighting in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country has urged Iran, Russia and Turkey to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire which has been in effect since late December last year. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST
Hoping to build with 'incremental, constructive steps' – UN envoy for Syria
Speaking to the media in Geneva yesterday, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that he is not expecting miracles, breakthroughs or breakdowns but is hoping to build on the previous rounds of talks on the war-ravaged country with some incremental, constructive steps. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST
International efforts towards Middle East peace must be matched by steps on the ground – UN envoy
Noting that international engagement on reviving the Middle East peace process over the last three months reconfirmed the consensus that the two-state solution is the only means of realizing the national aspirations of both peoples a senior United Nations official called for continued expansion of the momentum into a concrete vision to end the wider conflict. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:04:35 EST
Turnbull government plummets in new poll
Just eight months after the election support for the Turnbull government has plummeted as Labor takes a 10-point lead, according to a new poll. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:01:20 +0200
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Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794)
Schnorr was a German religious and historical painter and draftsman. As a child, he studied under his father, who was an engraver and painter. In 1817, he went to Rome, where he became associated with the Nazarene movement of painters, who rejected most painting after the Middle Ages and focused primarily on religious subjects for their art. Schnorr is best known for the hundreds of illustrations he created for a pictorial Bible. He also designed the windows of what famous London cathedral? Discuss
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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The Nazca Lines
Aerial exploration of the arid tableland surrounding Peru's Palpa valley has revealed a remarkable network of geometric and zoomorphic forms etched in the desert floor. Created by the Nazca, a pre-Incan civilization that flourished from about 200 BCE to about 600 CE, the Nazca Lines span about 200 sq mi (500 sq km). The glyphs are only recognizable as coherent figures from the air, but the Nazca never possessed the technology to view them from that vantage point. Why, then, did they create them? Discuss
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Found floating in warm seas or washed up on the shore, ambergris is a solid, waxy substance formed in the intestines of sperm whales. Possessing a sweet, earthy odor, it has been used throughout history as a food flavoring and a material for jewelry, though its primary commercial use has been as a fixative in perfumes. However, because ambergris is quite rare and expensive, many of today's perfumes use synthetic replacements. What function does ambergris serve within the whale's digestive tract?
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Kayan Neck Rings
The Kayan are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group known for their unusual tradition of body modification, which consists of coiling lengths of brass around women's necks. The coils are first applied to young girls when they are approximately five years old, and each coil is replaced with a longer one as the weight of the brass pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage. Contrary to popular belief, the neck vertebrae are not actually lengthened. Can wearers remove the rings entirely?
PanARMENIAN.Net - Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, March 25, on one of the busiest tra Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:07:12 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what came as the first big loss for President Donald Trump, the key health care bill was pulled from consideration, bringing days of efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare to Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:43:38 +1100
PanARMENIAN.Net - China captured 2,566 fugitives who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6 billion yuan (125 million U.S. dollars) during the "Sky Net" manhunt Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:07:07 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bid to toughen screening for visa applicants, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:01:49 +1100
Sheffield Shield final: Victoria ride luck against South Australia in Alice Springs
Three dropped catches behind square in the hour after lunch proved costly for South Australia as a dancing Marcus Harris helped Victoria ram home their advantage on day one of the Sheffield Shield final.
A century from a dancing Marcus Harris helped Victoria ram home their advantage on day one of the Sheffield Shield final as South Australia were made to rue three dropped catches in the hour after lunch. Sun Mar 26 12:31:39 UTC 2017
Political Satire Has a Long Tradition in the US
Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump has been good for satire.
Satire is a kind of humor that makes fun of people, groups or governments. It has been around in one form or another for over 2,000 years.
The American TV show Saturday Night Live has been making fun of American presidents since 1975. The show is getting more viewers than any time in over 20 years.
The show often has American actor Alec Baldwin wearing a wig with bright orange hair, pretending to be... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:02 +0000
Online Degree Programs May Change the Future of Higher Education
The more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States offer many different educational experiences.
For hundreds of years, young people have come to these schools to learn new things and find direction in life. But now, with the help of technology, the way knowledge passes from teachers to their students is changing.
In February 2016, the Babson Survey Research Group reported that 28 percent of all U.S. college students took at least one class over the... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:05:09 +0000
Indonesia Gives Some Control of Forests to Native Groups
Indonesian President Joko Widodo gave control of nine forests back to native, or indigenous, groups last December. The move was praised as an important step to recognize and protect forests traditionally held by indigenous Indonesians.
However, indigenous groups were disappointed earlier this month when President Widodo did not attend a congress of Indonesian indigenous groups.
Instead, he sent Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya. She said the recent... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:41 +0000
After Months of Repairs, Burial Place of Jesus Reopens
A team of scientists and workers has completed repairs on what is said to be the burial place of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem’s Old City.
It was the first time that workers have repaired the religious shrine since 1810.
The project took nine months to complete. The area reopened to the public on Wednesday.
The limestone and marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the world’s oldest religious centers.
The... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:26 +0000
Farm Terms Are Good for Business
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.
Today, we are down on the farm!
Since the 16th century, the word "farm" has meant "land used for agricultural purposes." But a much older meaning is related to economics. The English word farm comes from the Latin word firma, which means an unchanging payment.
Experts say the earliest meaning of "farm" was a yearly payment made on a loan or as a tax. Centuries ago, English... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:58:58 +0000
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