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
Caudate stimulation enhances human associative learning
Associative learning allows an individual to acquire an association between a sensory cue and an outcome resulting from a specific response. Associative learning plays a vital role in the ability to learn new associations that allow human beings to optimally respond to the world around them. Research in humans and primates supports an important role for the caudate in associative learning. Our objective was to determine whether caudate stimulation could modulate associative learning in humans and to examine the neural circuitry involved in this process. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:56:29 EDT
Understanding malaria with mathematics
Mathematical formulas that model how deadly mosquito-borne diseases spread can help medical researchers accurately predict how real-life outbreaks develop and find countermeasures, report scientists. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:22:57 EDT
Solving a cell membrane mystery
Scientists have developed new fluorescent probes that prove the existence of cell membrane structures called ‘lipid rafts’, allowing researchers to study how toxins and viruses invade cells. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:22:55 EDT
Trump Steps Back Border Wall Demand in Budget Fight
U.S. President Donald Trump remains committed to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but indicated Monday he is willing to wait until later this year for Congress to consider funding the project rather than insisting it be included in negotiations to avoid a government shut down this week.
The current spending plan for U.S. government operations runs out at midnight Friday, leaving Trump and congressional negotiators just days to reach an accord on funding priorities through the... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:03:21 -0400
Reports of N.Korea Artillery Drill as US Sub Arrives
North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military, media reported, as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards Korean waters and as the top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan, and the United States met in Tokyo.
Fears have risen in recent... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:09:30 -0400
Turkish Military Says it Struck PKK Targets in Iraq, Syria
The Turkish military has carried out air strikes against Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) militants near Iraq's Sinjar mountains and northeastern Syria to prevent the group from sending weapons and explosives for attacks inside Turkey, it said on Tuesday.
The two regions have become "terror hubs", the Turkish army said, with the PKK frequently using these areas to channel militants, weapons, bombs and ammunition into Turkey.
"To destroy these terror hubs which threaten... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:47:23 -0400
Official: Roadside Bomb Kills 9 People in Northwest Pakistan
A Pakistani local government official says a roadside bombing has hit a minivan in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing nine people.
Arif Khan, a tribal administration official in the town of Parachinar, says the blast ripped through the van as it was travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.
The area has long been the scene of sectarian violence.
The official says a woman and two... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:42:07 -0400
27 Killed in Kenya Bus Collision
Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck.
Police say the accident took place along the major road linking two of Kenya's biggest cities, capital Nairobi and the port of Mombasa.
Leornard Kimaiyo, the police chief in the Kambu area of Maukeni county, says the bus was heading to Mombasa and the trailer in the opposite direction when they collided on Tuesday.
Road accidents kill around... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:36:02 -0400
This Day in History
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200
United Negro College Fund Established (1944)
Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? Discuss
NSW motocross rider critically injured
A 21-year-old motocross rider has been critically injured after he crashed over a jump before another rider landed on top of him on the NSW central coast. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:55:03 +0200
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Karel Appel (1921)
Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. What was done to censor Appel's controversial fresco in Amsterdam City Hall? Discuss
Article of the Day
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The Horae, whose name literally means the "Hours," are three goddesses in Greek mythology who are said to control orderly life. Traditionally, there are thought to be two generations, or sets, of Horae: Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of spring, summer, and autumn—and Eunomia, Dike, and Eirene, charged with maintaining the stability of society. In addition, there are the 12 tutelary goddesses also called hours, each of which presides over an hour of the day. Who parented the Horae? Discuss
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Radiocarbon dating is a method for determining the age of carbonaceous materials—especially ancient archaeological specimens—that relies on the presence of a naturally occurring isotope called carbon-14. After an organism dies, the amount of carbon-14 in its remains gradually decreases through radioactive beta decay. Measuring the amount of carbon-14 in an organism's remains thus allows scientists to determine how long it has been dead. How do atomic bombs affect atmospheric carbon-14 levels?
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Caribou, or reindeer, are wild, North American arctic and subarctic deer that are capable of traveling 3,000 mi (5,000 km) a year and reaching speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h). Each year, millions of caribou in northern Canada and Alaska migrate in large herds, using their wide, sharp-edged hooves to travel on snow and ice and even swim across wide lakes or rivers. Caribou derive their name from a word in the Mi'kmaq language meaning "snow-shoveler"—a reference to their habit of doing what?
SEOUL, South Korea - As the North Korea crisis continues to threaten the peace in Asia - China continues to worry that the soon-approaching U.S. strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson might mak Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:26:33 +1000
How good are Richmond, really?
So, here we are again – the Tigers on a five-game surge to start the season. The last time they began this well was 1995: back then they made a preliminary final. This year, who knows? Could they? Might they? Or are they not that good? Tue Apr 25 08:02:29 UTC 2017
Where Are the Tallest Buildings in the World?
Skyscrapers look like their name: They are buildings so high; it appears like they are scraping, or touching the sky.
With better technology, architects — people who design buildings — engineers and builders have been able to build buildings higher and higher.
For the cities and countries where they are built, they bring a sense of pride and visitors. They bring their money and the desire to be entertained.
Daniel Safarik works for the Council on Tall Buildings and... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:05:51 +0000
Do Face Masks Protect Against Air Pollution?
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
In many areas of the world, taking a deep breath of air can be unhealthy and dangerous.
The WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for about 6.5 million premature -- or early -- deaths every year. It estimates that nearly 600,000 of those who die are children under the age of five.
Most of these deaths, WHO officials say, happen in developing countries.
With all this pollution in the air,... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:01:48 +0000
Macron, Le Pen Head to Runoff in French Presidential Race
France’s two non-traditional presidential candidates offer voters a big choice: stay or leave the European Union.
Emmanuel Macron is a former economy minister and Marine Le Pen is the leader of the National Front party. The two will face each other in the May 7th election, after finishing first and second in the first round of voting on Sunday.
Macron, 39, and Le Pen, 48, finished ahead of candidates from the leading French political parties, including the party of the... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:00:43 +0000
Fiona the Hippo Turns 3 Months Old
This is What’s Trending Today…
It has been a much happier spring season at Ohio’s Cincinnati Zoo than last spring.
Last May, zoo officials there shot and killed one of their gorillas, after a young child fell into its cage. Officials feared the animal would hurt the child.
The killing of the gorilla, named Harambe, led to public outrage. People across the United States -- and world -- still remember Harambe’s story.
This spring, however, zoo officials have been... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:40:45 +0000
American Woman Breaks NASA Space Orbit Record
U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record Monday for the most total time spent in orbit by an American. Commander Whitson, who is currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS), has been in space a total of 534 days during her career.
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Whitson by video from the Oval Office.
"Five-hundred and thirty-four days and counting. That's an incredible record to break. And on behalf of our nation, and frankly on behalf of the world,... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:35:04 +0000
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