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
Semi-volatile organic compounds diffuse between atmospheric particles
Semi-volatile organic compounds can readily diffuse into the billions of tiny atmospheric particles that inhabit the air, easily moving among them, researchers have discovered. The findings provide greater understanding into how organic particles behave in the atmosphere. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:08:12 EDT
Atom-by-atom growth chart for shells helps decode past climate
For the first time scientists can see how the shells of tiny marine organisms grow atom-by-atom, a new study reports. The advance provides new insights into the mechanisms of biomineralization and will improve our understanding of environmental change in Earth's past. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:06:34 EDT
Simple instruction sheet helps patients correctly take regular medications before surgery
Patients may be more likely to take their regularly prescribed medications for chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension correctly before surgery when provided a simple instruction sheet, reveals a study. Taking medication correctly before surgery can improve patient safety and comfort, and reduce day-of-surgery cancellations. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:06:19 EDT
Duterte's US-China Policy Pivot Adds to ASEAN Uncertainties
Philippine President Rogrigo Duterte’s shifts in policy on China and United States is adding a fresh layer of uncertainty to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The 10-nation group, set to mark its 50th Anniversary next year with the Philippines occupying the chair, is already beset by divisions focused on China’s rising influence and the United States’ strategic role in the region.
During a recent official visit to Beijing, Duterte announced the “separation” with long... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:40:53 -0400
UN Alarmed By Rising Number of Migrant Deaths
The U.N. refugee agency is expressing alarm at the number of migrants who died crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016.
With more than two months left in 2016, at least 3,470 people died trying to cross the rough seas, just less than the 3,771 reported dead in 2015. The increased loss of life comes despite a three-fold drop in the number of attempted crossings, down from more than one million in 2015 to around 327,000 this year.
UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler says the... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:18:48 -0400
Russia: No Russian or Syrian Strikes on Aleppo for Past Week
Russia said Tuesday no Russian or Syrian forces have carried out airstrikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo during the past seven days.
Military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said no Russian or Syrian planes have gone near the city that has been left battered by the conflict and is the subject of intense efforts to get humanitarian aid to the several hundred thousand people who remain.
Konashenkov added that six humanitarian passages remained open for people who want to leave the... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:46:54 -0400
Spain Arrests Two Imams Over IS Ties
Police in Spain arrested two imams on the island of Ibiza Tuesday over their alleged support of the Islamic State jihadist group.
In a statement, Spain’s Interior Ministry said the two Moroccan imams were arrested at a mosque in the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany.
“They publicly and repeatedly expressed on social networks their support for the terrorist group Daesh (IS), its methods and its Salafist-jihadist ideology,” the statement read.
Officials said the two men were 31 and 35... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:34:06 -0400
Figure Skater Scott Hamilton Diagnosed With 3rd Brain Tumor
Olympic figure skating champion and commentator Scott Hamilton has been diagnosed with a third brain tumor.
People magazine reports Hamilton has been diagnosed with a benign pituitary tumor.
In a video for People magazine, the 58-year-old Hamilton joked that he has “a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness.” Hamilton has survived two previous brain tumors and also a bout with testicular cancer. He says the current tumor was discovered during a routine checkup.
Hamilton... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:56:08 -0400
This Day in History
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
George III Becomes King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760)
George III ascended the throne at the age of 22, during the Seven Years' War. The war had put England in financial distress, and George supported raising funds through taxation of the American colonies. This policy proved disastrous for him, as it provoked the American Revolution and led him to be blamed in part for losing the colonies. Later in life, George's mental health declined, and his son acted as regent after 1811. It has been suggested that he suffered from what hereditary disease? Discuss
El Niño drives concentration of C02 in atmosphere to new high – UN weather agency
Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse gas monitoring station at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, the United Nations weather agency predicts that carbon dioxide concentrations will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:41:33 EST
UN rights experts call on US to abolish mandatory detention of migrants
Members of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention completed a two-week visit to the United States today and called upon the Government to abolish its mandatory detention of migrants, particularly asylum-seekers, after it found serious racial and economic disparities and that many people were being held under punitive conditions. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:19:28 EST
Sydney Festival to exhibit Sukumaran’s art
The first major exhibition of paintings by the late artist Myuran Sukumaran will be on display as part of the Sydney Festival's Parramatta and Western Sydney program. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:05:09 +0200
King’s principal accepts school failed
The principal of The King's School in Sydney admits it was a "catastrophic failure" not to report a student's indecent assault to police, despite advice that they should. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:05:09 +0200
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Minnie Pearl (1912)
Pearl was an American country comedienne, born Sarah Colley in Centerville, Tennessee. One of the Grand Ole Opry's most iconic performers, she appeared on the show for more than 50 years, performing routines that gently poked fun at rural Southern culture. Outfitted in styleless "down home" dresses and a hat with a price tag that dangled over its brim, she also appeared regularly on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. On whom was the Minnie Pearl character based? Discuss
Article of the Day
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Muscadine, a grapevine species native to the southeastern US, has been used in the production of port and fine wines since the 16th century. Recent reports regarding the relatively high antioxidant content of muscadine wines have boosted their popularity. In fact, these wines were found to contain more than five times the amount of the life-prolonging compound resveratrol than ordinary red wines. Why do muscadine plants produce these antioxidants? Discuss
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Persian miniatures are small paintings with themes that often depict concepts from Persian mythology and poetry. The best-known form of Persian painting in the West, miniature painting became a significant Persian art form in the 13th century, peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. Likely influenced by the Western and Byzantine traditions of manuscript illumination, Persian miniature is characterized by the use of geometry and a vivid palette. What other culture heavily influenced the art form?
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
In his 1897 book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced his concept of anomie, a social condition characterized by institutional instability, the breakdown of social norms, and a divorce between socially valid goals and available means for achieving them. The alienation, anxiety, and amorality afflicting individuals who live under such conditions is widely believed to result in delinquency, crime, and suicide. How did the Industrial Revolution factor into Durkheim's theory?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Two of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's former close aides are linked to a firm that tried to help the Russian government spy on its own people, according to a Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:16:41 +1100
CLEVELAND, U.S. - With polls predicting a victory for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Presidential elections, the Democrat nominee is looking to seal her win, urging black voters in North Carolina to v Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:39 +1100
CALIFORNIA, U.S. - A tour bus hit a big rig on Interstate 10 of California highway, killing at least 13 passengers at 5 am on Sunday morning. More than 31 other passengers were taken to Palm S Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:24:44 +1100
Robot Helps Sick Children Feel Less Lonely
A small robot may help children who are recovering from a long-term illnesses in the hospital or at home.
These children may feel isolated from their friends and classmates. The robot takes their place at school. Through the robot, the children can hear their teachers and friends. They also can take part in class from wherever they are recovering.
Anyone who has had a long-term illness knows that recovering at home can be lonely. This is can be especially true of children. They... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:04:57 +0000
Telecommunications Deal Gets Attention of US Lawmakers, Candidates
The United States Senate plans to hold hearings next month on a plan to join two of the country’s largest media companies.
Senators want to hold hearings on AT&T’s proposal to buy Time Warner for more than $85 billion in cash and stock shares.
AT&T has been one of the world’s leading companies in developing technology. Its roots go back to the invention of the telephone in the 19th century. Today, AT&T provides phone, television and internet services to... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:00:56 +0000
Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Somali-American Community
The United Nations estimates that 200 million girls and women in more than 30 countries are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).
U.N. officials say Somalia has the highest rate of any country. About 98 percent of its girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are reported to be living with the effects of FGM.
Female genital mutilation is the cutting and partial or total removal of external female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure is... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:00:25 +0000
What Stars Do When They Are Caught in Bad Behavior
Television star Billy Bush is the latest well-known person to lose his job after reports of bad behavior.
The American television network, NBC, announced last week that Bush was leaving its popular morning show, “Today.” NBC acted after the release of a 2005 recording of a lewd discussion between him and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In it, the two spoke in an offensive way about women and took the issue of sexual assault lightly.
The video became public before... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:59:48 +0000
Drones Helping to Save Lives in Rwanda and Madagascar
Drone aircraft are now being used to transport blood, medicine and supplies in southern Africa.
Zipline International recently began flying its drones to remote medical centers across Rwanda.
The Rwandan government signed a deal to cooperate with the company Zipline. Zipline is based in the United States. The American shipping company United Parcel Service is providing money and operational support for the project.
Another partner is Gavi, the... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:58:03 +0000
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