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
Glaucoma and driving ability
Safe driving requires clear central vision and adequate peripheral vision. Glaucoma typically leads to constriction of the visual field, sparing the central vision. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:56:25 EDT
Should crime victims call the police?
New research finds that individuals who report being victims of crime to police are less likely to become future victims of crime than those who do not report their initial experiences. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:50:21 EDT
Scientists unveil fundamental properties of spin Seebeck effect
Physicists have revealed essential properties of the spin Seebeck effect. Their findings contribute to a more thorough understanding of the underlying processes of this effect and thereby support its further development for first applications. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:50:18 EDT
Swirling data: Boosting computing power and info transfer rates tenfold
Like a whirlpool, a new light-based communication tool carries data in a swift, circular motion. The optics advancement could become a central component of next generation computers designed to handle society's growing demand for information sharing. It may also be a salve to those fretting over the predicted end of Moore's Law. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:50:12 EDT
Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination
Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president Thursday night with a message stressing the need to unite in order to confront the nation's challenges.
"It truly is up to us.We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together," Clinton said in an address on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The 68-year-old Clinton is the first woman ever nominated for president by a major U.S.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:46:35 -0400
Final Day of the Democratic National Convention
Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president Thursday night with a message stressing the need to unite in order to confront the nation's challenges. "It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together," Clinton said in an address on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The 68-year-old Clinton is the first woman ever nominated for president by a major U.S.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:15:00 -0400
Venezuela's Opposition-run Congress Defies Government Over Ban
Venezuela's opposition-run National Assembly defied President Nicolas Maduro's government and ratcheted up a conflict of powers Thursday by reinstating three lawmakers banned over fraud accusations in the December parliamentary vote.
With the OPEC member mired in economic crisis, Venezuela's opposition has become more militant in recent days, trying to replace Supreme Court judges it deems biased and protesting in the streets to demand a recall referendum against Maduro.
In... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:00:12 -0400
Amid Rising China Tensions, It's Vietnamese for Trump (or Clinton)
It might sound odd, but observers say Vietnamese nationals are smitten by the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and that, just like their former American foes, many Vietnamese find themselves torn over whom to root for.
On one side is Republican nominee Donald Trump, whose scathing anti-China tirades have convinced many Vietnamese of the former reality TV star's ability to curb Beijing’s ambitions to dominate the disputed waters of the South China Sea. On the other, Democratic nominee... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:45:23 -0400
Hong Kong Journalists' Sentencing Draws Protest
About 10 members of Hong Kong's Social League of Democrats marched to Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong to protest Tuesday's sentencing of two local journalists for publishing political magazines.
The group demanded the immediate release of publisher Wang Jianmin and editor Guo Zhongxiao, who have already been detained for more than two years and have pleaded guilty.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong police confirmed that mainland police never notified them of the cross-border... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:30:11 -0400
This Day in History
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Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (1973)
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was a 1973 rock festival that drew more attendees than any pop music festival before it. An estimated 600,000 fans flocked to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway outside of Watkins Glen, New York, to see performances by The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. In fact, so many concertgoers arrived early that the bands performed an impromptu concert during their sound checks the day before the festival. Who was the only person to die at the festival? Discuss
UN and OSCE experts condemn Turkey’s crackdown on media
Two top media freedom experts of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today condemned the ongoing crackdown on journalists and the media by the Government of Turkey in the wake of the recent attempted coup. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:27:58 EST
Racism in US casts ‘dark shadow’ over rights to free assembly, association – UN expert
The United States is struggling to live up to its ideals in the area of racial, social and economic inequality, which is negatively affecting the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, a United Nations human rights expert said today at the end of his first official fact-finding mission to the country. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:04:58 EST
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Beatrix Potter (1866)
Potter was an English author and illustrator whose 23 children's books, featuring her delicate drawings and watercolor paintings, are considered classics today. When she was 27, she sent an illustrated story to a sick boy whose mother, Potter's former governess, encouraged her to publish it. This became her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Now one of the best-selling children's books of all time, it was initially rejected by publishers. How did Potter respond to this setback? Discuss
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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Plumed Basilisk
Known in Costa Rica as the "Jesus Christ lizard" for its ability to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support, the plumed basilisk is a species of lizard native to Latin America, with a natural habitat that ranges from Mexico to Ecuador. An excellent swimmer, Basiliscus plumifrons can stay under water for up to 30 minutes. Plumed basilisks are omnivorous and eat insects, small mammals and lizards, fruits, and flowers. What predators prey on the lizard? Discuss
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Since their discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, small, hominid remains—labeled Homo floresiensis—have divided scientists into two camps. While some believe the remains are the bones of a modern human with a disorder that results in a smaller-than-average skull, others see them as evidence of a newly discovered species in the genus Homo that lived among modern humans and survived until as recently as 12,000 years ago. What arguments have been raised by both sides?
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT
First appearing in the late 19th c. but particularly prevalent after WWII, when many Pacific Islanders witnessed airdrops of supplies, cargo cults are the unorthodox religious movements that appeared in tribal societies after interaction with Westerners. Believing fallen cargo came from divine spirits who would send more upon seeing rituals based on the foreigners' behavior, the tribes built straw airplanes, radios made of coconuts, and other pseudo-Western items. Do any cargo cults exist today?
Clinton’s Long Path to the Democratic Nomination
After losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton said, "Although we were not able to shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it has 18 million cracks in it."
Eight years later, Clinton received the Democratic Party’s nomination at their convention in Philadelphia. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is now looking to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling to become president of the United... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:01:50 +0000
Chinese Rocket Lights Up Night Sky in Western US
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People in the western United States could not believe their eyes Wednesday night when, high in the sky, a bright streak of light appeared.
Many people took photographs or made videos of the mysterious object in the sky. Within minutes, some posted their videos on social media.
The strange fireball streaks were seen in parts of Nevada, Utah and California.
Some people thought it was a meteor shower. After all, the... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:00:40 +0000
UN: World Temperatures Rising Faster Than Predicted
The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization says the first half of this year has been the hottest in recorded history.
Scientists say that shows temperatures are rising faster than they expected.
The UN agency warned last week that if temperatures continue rising, 2016 will be hottest year ever recorded.
The agency reported that June was the 14th consecutive month of record high heat for land and oceans. It was also the 378th consecutive month with... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:00:31 +0000
Congo's Small Miners Fill Hole Left by Big Businesses
As large mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are eliminating jobs, government officials are expanding the role of small miners. Officials are permitting member-owned groups to mine 10 square kilometer plots of land that belong to the state-owned mining company.
The government usually does not permit this kind of small-scale mining. But it is trying to maintain the country’s economy as commodity prices drop.
Government officials are also trying... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:00:01 +0000
Grab Onto Phrasal Verbs
Welcome back to Everyday Grammar from VOA Learning English.
Today we look at a very common verb form in English – phrasal verbs. There are over 5,000 verbs that fall in this category. Do you know how to use them? In this episode, we will introduce this type of verb and help you understand how and why English speakers use them. In future episodes, we will give more information about the different kinds of phrasal verbs.
Phrasal verbs in history
Our story begins back when other... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:00:03 +0000
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