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
From Pokemon go to birdwatching: How we express our inner hunter
Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokemon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter. So says a new study from Vladimir Dinets, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research assistant professor of psychology. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:40:34 EDT
CDC urging men at risk of Zika to postpone fatherhood
CDC today announced updates to its interim guidance for pre-pregnancy counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika based on ongoing assessment of available data, primarily extending the timeframe for men with possible Zika exposure but no Zika symptoms to wait before attempting pregnancy with their partner and extending the time for use of condoms by these men to protect against sexual transmission of Zika virus infection. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:19:01 EDT
World's tallest wood building completed: 18 storeys
The mass wood structure and façade has been completed for UBC's Brock Commons student residence -- the world's tallest wood building at 18 storeys (53 metres, about 174 feet) -- four months ahead of schedule, showcasing the advantages of building with wood. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:58:47 EDT
Pope Calls for Peaceful ‘Coexistence’ in Caucasus
Pope Francis held an open-air mass in Georgia Saturday as he continued a peace mission to the Caucasus region that is torn between Russia and the West.
Speaking in Tbilisi to worshipers from Georgia's small Catholic community, Francis offered "consolation” people need to cope with “the turmoil” that they experience in their lives.
It was one of the smallest crowds ever seen at an outdoor papal mass on Francis' foreign trips this year.
Organizers had hoped for much... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:38:30 -0400
Indians Declare $9.5 Billion in ‘Black' Money
Tens of thousands of Indians have come forward over the past four months to declare a collective $9.5 billion in income that was never reported or taxed, India's finance minister Arun Jaitley announced Saturday.
Jaitley said that number could increase because some declarations are still being processed.
Under a government plan announced by Jaitley earlier this year, the 64,275 Indians who declared so-called black money during the four month period that ended Friday would pay 45... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:55:56 -0400
Chechnya Museums Mum on Republic's Independence Wars
In Chechnya, very little evidence remains of the two destructive wars Russia fought there from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2009 to quash independence and Islamist movements. The republic's main museums make little mention of how the wars started, who was responsible, or how they ended. Meanwhile, the image of the man who launched the second war that helped bring him to power, Russian President Vladimir Putin, is plastered throughout the Chechen capital and a main thoroughfare is named after... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:57:00 -0400
Old Antibiotic Alternatives Getting Second Look in the West
An old alternative to antibiotics, developed in the 1940s, is getting a new look in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Phages are viral agents that attack bacteria but leave normal cells alone. The therapy was largely abandoned during the era of antibiotics but may provide a useful weapon in this era of drug resistant bugs. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:47:00 -0400
White House Options Grim as Syria Spirals Downward
Exactly one year after Russia began its air campaign to help Bashar al-Assad’s government crush opposition rebels, Syria continues a hellish descent into chaos, carnage and devastation.
The White House still has no effective plan to stop it and there are no good options either, experts said.
Moscow marked the anniversary on Friday by signaling it will ramp up its bombardments alongside the Syrian government against Aleppo, the last stronghold of opposition... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:48:15 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)
California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what? Discuss
'Take a stand against ageism,' says UN on International Day of Older Persons
The United Nations is marking the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST
UN adviser on preventing genocide alarmed over ‘disrespectful’ comments by Philippines President
The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed alarm today at public comments by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, in which he reinforced a campaign to kill millions of drug addicts in the Philippines and compared it to the massacre of millions of Jews by Hitler during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:09:40 EST
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)
Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he? Discuss
James Purnell becomes BBC radio chief
James Purnell, the BBC's director of strategy, has been promoted to a new role giving him authority over the corporation's radio output. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:10:34 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0200
A head transplant is a surgical operation involving the replacement of one organism's head with another's. The first successful head transplant took place in the 1970s, when the head of a monkey was transplanted onto another's body. The animal retained most of its senses but was paralyzed below the attachment site. Though still hypothetical for humans, proponents believe the procedure can help people facing widespread organ failure. What has prevented human head transplants from taking place? Discuss
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Among the best primary sources on Aztec culture, Aztec codices contain firsthand accounts of the civilization's history and religion. While the pre-Colombian codices are largely pictorial, later colonial era codices contain Aztec pictograms, as well as Aztec, Spanish, and occasionally Latin writings. Though there are few surviving pre-conquest codices, the tradition endured the transition to colonial culture, and about 500 such works survive today. What massacre is described in the Aubin Codex?
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Islamic Script Calligraphy
Revered as the primary means by which the Qur'an has been preserved, Islamic calligraphy is the art of decorative writing that often employs Arabic script, which consists of a 28-letter alphabet and 18 different forms of writing. These calligraphic scripts are often woven into intricate pictographic calligrams depicting animals, mosques, and various other figures. Which Christian saint's relics are wrapped in a shroud decorated with Islamic calligraphy?
NEW YORK, U.S. - Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on Hillary Clinton ahead of the next presidential debate, this time targeting her marriage to Bill Clinton who he said was the "singl Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:57:30 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - With the crucial U.S. Presidential elections just around the corner, and the debate related foreign hackers rigging the election looming large - an official from the Homeland Sec Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:48:35 +1000
CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Clergymen, supporters and the family of 38-year-old Alfred Okwera Olango poured into the streets to protests the death of the man who was fatally shot by a police officer near a Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:41:46 +1000
DAMASCUS, Syria - Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed over 9,000 people in one year, displaced thousands and caused massive destruction, a monitoring group c Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:35:54 +1000
NEW JERSEY, U.S. - A ‘black box’ recorder has been recovered from the commuter train that crashed in New Jersey early Thursday resulting in the death of a 34-year-old mother, who was on Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:04:24 +1000
Ben Simmons breaks bone in right foot
Ben Simmons has broken a bone in his right foot during the Philadelphia 76ers' final NBA training camp scrimmage at Stockton University. Sat Oct 01 14:32:03 UTC 2016
US Brings Legal Action Against Chinese Company for North Korea Ties
The United States announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against four Chinese individuals and a Chinese company earlier this week.
The U.S. government said it acted to punish them for suspected support for North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
On Wednesday, a State Department official suggested that more Chinese companies and individuals could face investigation for suspected violations of sanctions on North Korea.
The State Department’s coordinator for Sanctions... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:16:40 +0000
American Golf Fan Putts Better than the Professionals
This is What’s Trending Today.
American David Johnson is now a hero to every sports lover who ever thought “I could do it better than the professional.”
Johnson was in the crowd as pro golfers warmed up for the Ryder Cup on Thursday in the American state of Minnesota.
The Ryder Cup is a golf competition between teams of men from Europe and the United States. The event takes place every two years. It runs through Sunday.
Johnson was watching the European players work on putting at... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:06:32 +0000
Report: Smoking May Permanently Damage Genetic Material
Here is another reason to not light up a cigarette.
Smoking can permanently damage your genetic material, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research say smoking leaves a long-term “footprint” on a person’s DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid. The researchers have ties to Harvard Medical School in the American state of Massachusetts.
DNA is the genetic material of which all living things are formed. Health problems, like heart disease and... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:05:45 +0000
'The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky' by Stephen Crane, Part Two
From VOA Learning English, this is American Stories.
Our story is called “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.” It was written by Stephen Crane. Today, we will hear the second and final part of the story.
“Don’t know whether there will be a fight or not,” answered one man firmly, “but there’ll be some shooting -- some good shooting.”
The young man who had warned them waved his hand. “Oh, there’ll be a fight fast enough, if anyone wants it. Anybody can get in a fight out there in the... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:01:45 +0000
English @ the Movies: 'I've Lost Direction'
Today's English @ the Movies saying is "I've lost direction." It is from a movie called "A Hologram for the King." If someone says "I've lost direction," what do you think it means? Watch our story, test your self, and see if you get it right. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:00:00 +0000
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