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
Genes, ozone, and autism
Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for autism. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:55:11 EDT
Marking the End of Ramadan
Jubilation and prayers as Egyptians celebrate Eid Al-fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In one of the biggest praying open air yards thousands of Egyptians gather for the event. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:39:00 -0400
China Brokers Deal Between Pakistan, Afghanistan For Managing Crisis-Hit Ties
China has brokered a deal between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the establishment of a bilateral “crisis management mechanism” to avoid any breakdown in mutual communications and contacts in the event of terrorist attacks on both sides of their long shared border.
The three countries have also agreed to set up a trilateral foreign minister-level dialogue forum that would allow Beijing to observe progress toward normalizing Kabul’s deeply mistrust-marred security ties with Islamabad and... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:08:27 -0400
Opera Pops up at NYC Garage, Dive Bar, Basketball Court
Opera has been popping up recently at the most unlikely New York places: a revamped garage, a dive bar, a basketball court and even an old aircraft carrier.
It's part of a festival with an in-your-face goal - to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out.
The New York Opera Fest 2017 that ends in late June has drawn casual, but curious, spectators, some of whom may never have gone to an expensive production in a plush theater.
On Saturday,... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:06:34 -0400
Al Capone Song, Pocket Watch Fetch Over $100K at Auction
Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday.
A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction. The watch fetched the most — $84,375 — according to Boston-based RR Auction.
The... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:46:40 -0400
Europeans Learn to Live with - And Adapt to - Terror Attacks
The jihadis' targets in Europe are depressingly repetitive: the Brussels metro, the Champs-Elysees in Paris twice, tourist-filled bridges in London twice and a U.K. rock concert. And that's just the past few months.
The steady stream of attacks on centers of daily life have drawn pledges from Europeans not to let terrorists change how they live, but in ways large and small they already have.
There is a heightened awareness and quicker reactions, especially in the hardest-hit... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:34:54 -0400
This Day in History
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Slovenia National Day (1991)
Following WWI, Slovenia formed a federation with Serbia and Croatia that in 1929 became Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on the same day as Croatia—after elections in 1990 showed that 88 percent of the people wished to secede. Yugoslavia immediately took military action, but the resulting Ten-Day War had few casualties, and the Slovenian victory solidified the new nation's independence. In 2008, Slovenia became the first post-communist country to do what? Discuss
Aust Conservatives to reject bank tax
The Australian Conservatives will call for a rejection of the South Australian government's controversial bank tax, arguing it will inevitably be passed on to consumers. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:43:53 +0200
No evidence NSW shooting victim was bikie
An investigation into the shooting death of a man on the northern NSW border is continuing as police rule out claims the incident was related to a bikie gang brawl. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:43:53 +0200
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Robert Henri (1865)
Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation? Discuss
Article of the Day
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Freeganism is an anti-consumerism lifestyle that grew out of the anti-globalization and environmentalist movements. Freegans, whose name is a combination of the words "free" and "vegan," embrace alternative strategies for living that oppose those of a society they believe is marked by materialism, greed, and waste. They often salvage unspoiled food discarded by supermarkets to limit their participation in the capitalist system. Some freegans consume non-vegan food as long as it is what? Discuss
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Automatic Number Plate Recognition
Automatic number plate recognition, or ANPR, is a mass surveillance method that utilizes optical character recognition to "read" vehicle license plates in images taken by designated cameras. Used by law enforcement and for electronic toll collection, ANPR systems can store images, license plate text, and, sometimes, photographs of drivers, leading to public concerns about government tracking and misidentification. Modern ANPR systems are capable of scanning plates on cars traveling how fast?
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Elvis Taxon
In paleontology, an Elvis taxon is an organism or group of organisms that has been misidentified as having re-emerged in the fossil record after a period of presumed extinction. Elvis taxa are not actually descendants of the original taxon, rather, they have simply developed a similar morphology through convergent evolution. Coined in 1993, the term is a reference to the many sightings of Elvis Presley after his death, as well as to his many impersonators. What is one example of an Elvis taxon?
Fire engulfs tower block in west London
A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block before dawn, causing dozens of casualties and trapping residents inside. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:49:00 +0200
Trump tweet inspires new 'COVFEFE Act'
A congressman has introduced a bill that aims to preserve President Trump's tweets to make sure they are archived as part of his presidential records Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:04:00 +0200
WASHINGTON, U.S. - More than a month back - on May 12, 2017 - U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:27:11 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Thursday, the Senate Healthcare Bill was rolled out, to Republican senators complaining that it doesn’t do enough to repeal ObamaCare or lower healthcare costs - with cr Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:19:38 +1000
Building Life, Home, Better World at the University of Southern Maine
Editor's Note: This story is part of a continuing series about international student life at colleges and universities across the United States. Please join us over the next several weeks as we bring you stories about international students and the American higher education system as a whole.
The American state of Maine was a completely foreign place to Chi Bui when she first arrived in the fall of 2012.
The 21-year-old is from Hanoi, Vietnam and she had not... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:04:56 +0000
Iraq Conflict Deadly for Children, Says UNICEF
The continuing conflict in Iraq has brought destruction to many areas of the country. It also has had an extreme cost for families and children, as well.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says fighting has displaced more than 1.5 million children in the last three years.
Their stories are hard to hear.
Zamin Makhool is 28 years old. Last December, she lost two of her children in an airstrike in her neighborhood. An explosive struck her home, leaving it a... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:00:04 +0000
US Military: Islamic State Problem 'Not Getting Better' in Afghanistan
In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan. Since that time, the U.S. military has lost lives and spent large amounts of money in an attempt to stop armed groups.
The battles continue.
ISIS and Al-Qaida
Dana White is the chief spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department. She spoke to VOA for her first filmed interview.
White said the Islamic State problem in Afghanistan is "not getting better.”
"It's not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of ISIS.... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:55:08 +0000
Researchers: Russia Has Technology to Cause Major Power Outages
Computer experts said to be allied with Russia have created a weapon with the ability to cause major damage to the world’s electrical systems.
Researchers have identified the cyber-weapon as a harmful software program or virus. They say it is designed to interfere with a computer’s normal operations.
The researchers are calling this malware program “CrashOverride” or “Industroyer”. It is known to have affected the electrical system in Ukraine in December 2016. The attack... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:33:49 +0000
Where Is the 'Bone of Contention' Located?
Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories.
Has there ever been one issue that has caused trouble between you and another person? You know, a troublesome issue in your relationship, one that does not seem to go away?
If so, you and the other person have a bone of contention.
A bone of contention is the cause of a long-standing argument.
The website Dictionary.com says this expression was first used in the early 1700s. This expression comes from... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:00:08 +0000
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