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
The laws of attraction: Pheromones don't lie, fruit fly research suggests
For the first time, scientists have shown that a female fruit fly's pheromone signals can actually tell males how much energy her body has invested in egg production versus in storing away energy for her own survival. And it's a signal that she can't change in order to make herself more attractive. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:12 EDT
Amid Protests, China Enforces Tougher Sanctions Against North Korea
Seafood importers in northeastern China took to the streets as they watched frozen product melt in trucks blocked from crossing the country’s border with North Korea, after Beijing began enforcing a new round of economic sanctions.
In spite of the public outcry at home, calls from abroad are urging China to play a bigger role in sanctioning Pyongyang amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
But analysts say Beijing does not want to become a target of retaliation and lacks... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:51:46 -0400
White Nationalist Groups Hone Narrative of Victimization, Point to Virginia Rally
Amid a tidal wave of public indignation over last weekend’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, organizers of the white nationalist rally have taken to social media to argue that they — not the one woman killed and nearly two dozen counterdemonstrators injured — should be seen as the real victims.
“The police allowed (the counterprotesters) to rough me up because they wanted them to kill me,” rally organizer Jason Kessler said in an online video. “I’m a normal guy, and the... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:50:51 -0400
At Global Competition, Girls Push Frontiers of Technology
A group of Cambodian girls who recently traveled to California to compete in a mobile app competition offered inspiration for other girls worldwide to consider careers in technology.
Their pitch in Silicon Valley wasn't a bid to be the next billion-dollar company. Instead, they want to help their country with a mobile phone application to address poverty.
"Let's fight poverty by using our app. Don't find customers for your product, find products for your... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:49:33 -0400
IS Cleric Re-arrested in Indonesia Day After Release
A radical Islamic cleric granted an early release from prison to mark Indonesia’s Independence Day has been re-arrested for alleged involvement in several militant attacks.
Aman Abdurrahman, who has led an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network from prison, was among more than 90,000 inmates granted sentence reductions for Thursday’s national holiday.
Ibnu Chuldun, who heads the Justice Ministry’s provincial office in Central Java, said Friday that... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:38:37 -0400
Cambodian Girl Coders Push Frontiers for Women in Tech
A group of young Cambodian girls recently took part in a mobile app competition for girl coders in California. Traveling from their home country to participate in the global competition, their story offers inspiration for other girls around the world to consider a career in tech. VOA's Sophat Soeung reports from Silicon Valley. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:30:00 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Genghis Khan Dies (1227)
Though infamous for slaughtering entire cities and destroying fields and irrigation systems, Genghis Khan is admired for his military brilliance. The emperor-warrior consolidated nomadic tribes into a unified Mongolia and led them to conquer much of Asia from the Pacific coast to Eastern Europe. He died on a military campaign in China, and the empire was divided. The circumstances of his death are unclear. According to legend, how did his descendants ensure that his grave would remain hidden? Discuss
UN chief Guterres condemns deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona
Condemning today's terrorist attack on Barcelona, Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Antonio Salieri (1750)
Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna's most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? Discuss
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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200
William James Sidis: Child Prodigy
Sidis was an American child prodigy who could read The New York Times by the time he was 18 months old. By age eight, he had taught himself eight languages and had invented one of his own. It is said that in his adult years he could speak more than 40 languages and learn a new one in a single day. In 1909, he became the youngest person ever to enroll at Harvard College and began lecturing on higher mathematics the following year. What became of Sidis after he graduated in 1914, at age 16? Discuss
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is a 200-year-old competition held annually in the Cotswolds region of England. Drawing both local and international participants, the race begins when a round of Double Gloucester cheese is set loose at the top of a steep hill. Competitors dash after it, risking sprained ankles, broken bones, and concussions in the chase. Even spectators risk injury, as the cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h). What does the first person over the finish line win?
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Supermassive Black Holes
A supermassive black hole is a black hole containing the mass of between a hundred thousand and tens of billions of Suns. Scientists believe that most, if not all, galaxies, including the Milky Way, contain supermassive black holes at their galactic centers. They also cite a link between the mass of the supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy and the morphology, or structure, of the galaxy itself. Where is the Milky Way's supermassive black hole thought to be located?
ISLAMABAD - The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released an 'open letter' to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 16 years of w Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:05:06 +1000
Academic Writing: Common Patterns, Part 1
The new school year is beginning in communities across the United States.
Many students are busy at work in their new classes. Some are already thinking about all the homework they will face in the weeks to come.
Schools often require students to read academic articles -- short or long reports about a class-related subject. Teachers also ask students to write book reports and research papers.
Today on Everyday Grammar, we will explore two grammatical... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:03:01 +0000
Social Media Used to Identify Charlottesville Protesters
People are turning to social media to identify white supremacists who attended last weekend’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The white supremacists, including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members, came to protest planned removal of a Confederate statue.
Heather Heyer was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter protesters. Police said the driver was James Alex Fields Jr., described by a former teacher as a Nazi supporter. He is being... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:01:25 +0000
Chinese Activist Faces up to 10 Years in Prison
A court in China held a closed hearing on Monday in the case of a well-known Chinese activist.
Wu Gan faces up to 10 years in prison. Legal observers expect the court to announce its decision in a few days.
Wu is said to face up to 12 charges, including “inciting state subversion.”
Wu is best known for making fun of official efforts to block his push for justice.
Wu Gan is known in China by his online name: “The Butcher.”
Wu once served in China’s military. He... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:00:40 +0000
UN: Over One Million South Sudan Refugees in Uganda
The United Nations says over one million people have entered Uganda to escape violence in neighboring South Sudan.
The U.N.’s refugee agency reported Thursday that an average of 1,800 South Sudanese arrived daily in Uganda over the past year. One million others are reported to have gone to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
Recent arrivals to refugee camps have reported “barbaric violence” in their home country. They say South... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:00:24 +0000
South Korea Says US in Close Communications Over North
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump has told him North Korea would not be attacked without South Korea’s approval.
Moon said, “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent.”
“South Korea and the U.S. are in full communication and discussions,” he added.
During a televised news conference, Moon also promised to prevent... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000
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