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
Construction of massive neutrino experiment kicks off a mile underground
A new era in international particle physics research officially began July 21 with a unique groundbreaking held a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start of construction of a massive international experiment that could change our understanding of the universe. The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will house the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be built and operated by roughly 1,000 scientists and engineers from 30 countries. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:21:20 EDT
Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness
New research is challenging the age-old adage that money can't buy happiness. The study suggests that using money to buy free time -- such as paying to delegate household chores like cleaning and cooking -- is linked to greater life satisfaction. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:12:58 EDT
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently -- in days instead of weeks -- and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:20:33 EDT
Summer sea ice melt in the Arctic
Earlier this year Arctic sea ice sank to a record low wintertime extent for the third straight year. Now NASA is flying a set of instruments north of Greenland to observe the impact of the melt season on the Arctic's oldest and thickest sea ice. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:31:53 EDT
US to Conduct Another Test of Missile Defense System
The U.S. military says it is preparing to conduct another test of a missile defense system put in place to counter threats from North Korea.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said Monday that the test of the military's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the far northwestern state of Alaska is scheduled to go ahead "soon." He said the test is a "routine measure" to make sure the system is ready.
In a notice to mariners, the U.S. Coast... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:03:35 -0400
UN Envoy Urges Quick Solution to Al-Aqsa Crisis
The United Nations' envoy for the Middle East peace process is urging a quick resolution to the current crisis around the Al-Aqsa mosque, also known as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem.
"It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this week," envoy Nickolay Mladenov told reporters following closed-door discussions with U.N. Security Council members. "I think the dangers on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:54:44 -0400
Trump to Speak to Thousands of Scouts at West Virginia Jamboree
President Donald Trump will address thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering on Monday.
That makes him the eighth president to attend the National Scout Jamboree, the organization says.
More than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers are at the 10-day event, typically held every four years.
President Barack Obama did not attend during his two terms, although he addressed a 100th anniversary event in 2010 by video.
Each U.S. president serves as honorary president of the Boy... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:41:23 -0400
Massachusetts High Court: Police Cannot Hold People Solely on Immigration Status
Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday it is against the law for local police officers to hold people based exclusively on their immigration status in order to give federal officials time to detain them.
The state's Supreme Judicial Court concluded in the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn that "nothing in the statutes or common law of Massachusetts authorizes court officers to make a civil arrest in these circumstances."
According to federal law, people who... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:20:53 -0400
Political Maverick Sworn In as New President of Albania
Ilir Meta took the oath of office as the new president of Albania in front of the country's legislature on Monday.
Meta was elected to the largely ceremonial post in late April by members of parliament, who gave him 87 out of 89 votes. The balloting was boycotted by the opposition, which had left the legislative body to protest of the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Meta, 48, is a veteran politician who has served in several governments since the... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:32:30 -0400
This Day in History
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0200
First Ascent of the Eiger's North Face (1938)
Switzerland's Eiger mountain was first summited in 1858, but the sheer north face of the 13,025-foot (3,970-m) Alpine peak was not successfully climbed until 1938, when two independent pairs of climbers met on the face, joined forces, and reached the summit as a team. It has been climbed many times since, sadly with many fatalities, which, due to the cliff's high visibility, occur in full view of nearby villages. Since 1935, how many people have died climbing the Eiger's so-called Murder Wall? Discuss
Police seek five men in Melbourne murder
Mystery still surrounds the death of a man who was found stabbed on a Melbourne road last month, with police eager to speak to five men seen nearby. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:46:18 +0200
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Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)
After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? Discuss
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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The Temple Institute
Known in Hebrew as Machon HaMikdash, the Temple Institute is an organization in Israel focusing on the controversial endeavor of re-establishing the Third Temple—a place of worship desired by Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Although there is disagreement within Orthodox Judaism about whether the rebuilding should occur by human or divine hands, the Temple Institute's long-term goal is to establish the temple on what controversial site? Discuss
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Jade Burial Suits
Considered a mere myth by archaeologists for years, the use of jade burial suits among wealthy Han Dynasty nobles was proved in 1968 with the discovery of two complete suits in tombs in China's northern province of Hebei. Belonging to Chinese prince Liu Sheng and his wife Dou Wan, the ceremonial burial suits were constructed using 2,498 plates of solid jade and 2.5 lb (1.1 kg) of gold wire. Experts now believe the practice was fairly common. What other wire materials were used?
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Pearl of Lao Tzu
Linked to multiple legends, the Pearl of Lao Tzu is the largest known pearl in the world, measuring 9.45 inches (24 centimeters) in diameter and weighing 14.1 pounds (6.4 kilograms). Reportedly extracted from a giant clam off the coast of the Philippines in 1934, the pearl has been labeled "The Pearl of Allah" by some who believe it resembles the face of Muhammad and has also been connected to a legend involving the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. What is the pearl's estimated value?
Trump Jr escalates Russia scandal
Many White House aides who previously dismissed “Russia stories” as “conspiracy bullshit” now struggle to call the recent coverage “fake news” Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what became the first time in public, that the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner has offered his version of four meetings with Russians during the 2 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:42:58 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In his first national media debut, the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci on Sunday vowed to end the leaks that have embarrassed President Trump' Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:37:23 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Saturday morning, the House and Senate announced that a deal to slap Russia with fresh sanctions was reached, which would also give Congress new veto power to block any easing Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:56:59 +1000
Chester A. Arthur: Surprisingly Good
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents.
Today we are talking about Chester A. Arthur. (The letter “A” is for Alan, his middle name.)
Arthur took office because because of an unexpected event. He was sworn in as Vice President in March 1881 under James Garfield.
But only 100 days into Garfield’s term, the president was shot. He suffered for months.
Arthur was not close to Garfield. The two men belonged to the same party, but they had different ideas on the issues... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:04:52 +0000
US Face Scanning Program Concerns Privacy Groups
U.S. officials want to scan the faces of all air travelers, including American citizens, leaving the country.
The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, says it is the only way to successfully track non-immigrant foreigners. But privacy activists say it takes surveillance of innocent citizens to a new level.
DHS wants to expand face scan program
Since 2004, visitors to the U.S. have been required to submit to biometric identity scans. Currently, fingerprints and photographs... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:00:32 +0000
Conservation Farming Means Healthy Soil and Profits
Agriculture experts have a message for farmers worldwide: Take care of your soil, and your soil will take care of you. By using the techniques of “conservation agriculture”, they say farmers can save their land and save money, at the same time.
This is becoming more important as the world’s population grows. More people means more food needs to be grown to feed them.
Most modern agriculture looks like long rows of green crops covering large areas of land. They have... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:00:32 +0000
Women Discuss Inequality, Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley
In recent months, reports of sexual bias and harassment have shaken California’s Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is famous as a center for start-up businesses and high-technology companies. Many of its products are popular across the United States and around the world.
But some women working there say they have been mistreated. They talk about men making unwanted sexual comments in an office environment.
And a number of male business leaders have left their companies.... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:58:23 +0000
Study: Boss Paid 271 Times More than Average Worker
The chief executive officers of America's largest companies were paid an average of $15.6 million in 2016 says a recent study by an economic research group.
The Economic Policy Institute published the report written by Lawrence Mischel and Jessica Schieder. They say the average business leader’s pay was 271 times what an average worker earns at the companies they studied.
This chief executive-to-worker pay ratio is smaller than it has been in the past few years. In 2014, the... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:57:32 +0000
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