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    How understanding nature made the atomic bomb inevitable

    Atomic bombs hastened the end of World War II. But they launched another kind of war, a cold one, that threatened the entire planet with nuclear annihilation. So it’s understandable that on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb explosion that devastated Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), reflections tend to emphasize the geopolitical dramas during the decades that followed.

  • 4 days ago
    Current Event j0rg

    Divisive Trump nominee gets new Pentagon post, despite snub by Congress

    After failing to secure a Senate confirmation hearing, U.S. President Donald Trump’s most divisive nominee for a Pentagon position so far has taken a different, less-senior policy role at the Defense Department, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

  • 8 days ago
    Analysis j0rg

    A Clue to van Gogh’s Final Days Is Found in His Last Painting

    A researcher says he has uncovered the precise location where the artist painted “Tree Roots,” thought to be the last piece he worked on the day he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

  • 13 days ago
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    Good Image

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  • 13 days ago
    Current Event j0rg

    Is Belief in God Necessary for Good Values? Global Survey on Religion and Morality

    A median of 45% across 34 surveyed countries say it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. However, public opinion on this question, as well as the role of God, prayer and religion varies by country, region and economic development.

  • 1 month ago
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    Level 16

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  • 1 month ago
    Current Event j0rg

    High-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time

    A glove that translates sign language into speech in real time has been developed by scientists -- potentially allowing deaf people to communicate directly with anyone, without the need for a translator. The wearable device contains sensors that run along the four fingers and thumb to identify each word, phrase or letter as it is made in American Sign Language.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event j0rg

    Game-Changing New Smart Sponge Soaks Up Oil Spills, Saving Water And Wildlife

    A team from Northwestern University has developed a highly porous smart sponge that can selectively soak up oil spills in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil, the sponge could be used to inexpensively and efficiently clean up spills without harming marine life. After squeezing the oil out of the sponge, it can be reused many dozens of times without losing its effectiveness.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event j0rg

    New study sheds light on how and why being hard-to-get can make you seem more desirable

    Reciprocation of attraction — people’s tendency to like those who like them — may encourage the initiation of relationships with targets of interest. Immediately reciprocating another person’s expression of liking, however, may not be the most effective strategy for attracting mates. Indeed, people who are too easy to attract may be perceived as more desperate and thus as less valuable and appealing than those who do not make their romantic interest apparent right away.

  • 2 months ago
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    Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Shares Intriguing Story of His Interview With Steve Jobs at NeXT

    Former Apple executive and iOS chief Scott Forstall made a rare public appearance this week at Code.org's virtual Code Break event, and in between classes, Forstall shared the intriguing story of how he was hired by Steve Jobs. Forstall revealed that he had been considering working at Microsoft when he went to interview at NexT, the company started by Jobs after he had left Apple. Forstall described the NexT interview as "intense," involving seventeen people over the course of the...

  • 2 months ago
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  • 2 months ago
    Current Event j0rg

    How England became the 'sweetshop of Europe'

    In September 1591, Queen Elizabeth I stopped during her annual progress around her kingdom at the home of the Earl of Hertford, Elvetham Hall near Basingstoke in south-east England. The second night’s entertainment was reported to be quite the culinary spectacle: a banquet, served in the garden, with more than 1,000 dishes to weigh down the table.

  • 3 months ago
    Current Event j0rg

    The U.S.' coronavirus recovery is way behind Europe's

    Other countries — even some hit hard by the coronavirus — are beating back their outbreaks more successfully than the U.S. Why it matters: The number of new cases every day is holding steady in the U.S., but it's not going down — a key benchmark many other countries achieved before loosening their lockdowns and social distancing measures.

  • 4 months ago
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  • 4 months ago
    Current Event j0rg

    African swine fever outbreak reported in western Poland

    An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed on Monday on a farm near the village of Więckowice near Poznań in western Poland, less than 150km (93 miles) from the border with Germany. African swine fever is a highly contagious virus which is fatal to pigs. It is transmitted directly between animals or through infected meat or animal feed and has also been seen as having the potential to transmit to humans. There is an ongoing outbreak in China that has already already wiped out 40% o...