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Nazi atrocities: Implying Polish guilt to become crime

<b>The government of Poland plans to introduce a law making it a crime to imply the country bears any responsibility for atrocities carried out on Polish soil by Nazi Germany.</b><p>People could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.<p>The bill was drafted in part as a response to the phrase "Polish …

Pixar co-founder warns virtual-reality moviemakers: 'It's not storytelling'

Ed Catmull says he’s open to being proved wrong by new generation of VR creators: ‘I think they should keep running the experiments’<p>Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull has warned that virtual reality technology may not be the revolution in storytelling that some of its evangelists have …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

Goal Setting

Mozambique decriminalises gay and lesbian relationships

<b>Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal.</b><p>The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing "vices against nature".<p>There were no prosecutions under that clause but …

Viewpoint: Watching the lesbians in India

<b>Writer and humourist Shovon Chowdhury gives his perspective on a recent advert featuring lesbians in India, arguing that we shouldn't be surprised, given India's ancient liberal tradition, which accepted all forms of sexuality and sexual expression.</b><p>"They did an ad about lesbians!" said a friend.<p>I …

US 'spied on French presidents' - Wikileaks

<b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on French Presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande in 2006-12, Wikileaks says.</b><p>The whistleblower website cites "top secret intelligence reports and technical documents" from the NSA.<p>A French official said spying "between allies was …

A Point of View: The awful truth about how dispensable we are

<b>Adam Gopnik looks at the cooking instructions for a packet of waffles, and finds a sobering lesson on why we're not as indispensable as we think we are.</b><p>Until a few weeks ago, I thought I was an indispensable man.<p>No, I didn't think that because of anything my wife or children said, and certainly not …

Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont

<i>This story is part of NPR's series</i> Journey Home<i>. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.</i><p>How did a city kid, who grew up in a 3 1/2-room apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., end up the mayor of Burlington, Vt., …

Worms Know What's Up — And Now Scientists Know Why

In what researchers say is a first, they've discovered the neuron in worms that detects Earth's magnetic field. Animals have been known to sense the magnetic field; a new study identifies the microscopic, antenna-shaped sensor that helps worms orient themselves underground.<p>The sensory neuron that …

Seven tiny frog species found on seven mountains

<b>Seven new species of tiny frog have been discovered on seven different mountains in south-eastern Brazil.</b><p>The cool "cloud forests" of this region have a unique climate, separated by warmer valleys that isolate the peaks like islands.<p>That isolation has produced 21 known species of <i>Brachycephalus</i> frog …

Africa debate: Can Africa lead the way on renewable energy?

<b>There is a popular joke doing the rounds in Cape Town at the moment.</b><p>Question: What did South Africa use before candles? Answer: Electricity.<p>For people living here, it is not that funny.<p>The country is undergoing its worst power crisis since 2008, with a rolling schedule of power cuts reintroduced in …

The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1171000/1171640_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524668844_bdd07cea7cee51572d857043025b77be<p><b>At first sight even I am a little confused by Ariana Miyamoto. She is tall and strikingly beautiful. But the first thing that pops in to my head when</b> …

Chinese search giant Baidu disqualified from AI test

<b>Chinese search giant Baidu has been disqualified from an artificial intelligence test in which it appeared to beat Google and Microsoft.</b><p>The test, in May, looked at how well computers recognise images.<p>But it has now emerged that Baidu submitted far more tests than the rules allowed, meaning its …

Millions of US government workers hit by data breach

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1171000/1171662_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524772961_c256b7a08d87cfbd46f962b1fd1a5fe3<p><b>Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out a "massive breach" of the personal data of nearly four million US government workers, officials said.</b><p>The …

Pluto's Moons Are 'Tumbling In Absolute Chaos,' NASA Says

In the NFL, something that behaves like Pluto's football-shaped moons might be called a wobbly duck. NASA simply calls them astonishing.<p>Instead of steadily rotating through their orbits, two of Pluto's moons "wobble unpredictably," the space agency says, citing new analysis of data from the Hubble …

Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

<b>Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET</b><p>There's a new species of dinosaur, and they call him "Hellboy."<p>At first glance, the untrained eye is likely to see the childhood favorite Triceratops — and to be sure, <i>Regaliceratops peterhewsi</i> is a close relative. But there are some important differences, scientists say.<p>The …

'Moon shot' call on clean energy

<b>A group of scientists and economists is calling for the equivalent of the Apollo space programme to produce cheap, clean energy.</b><p>Apollo engaged America’s best minds to put a man on the Moon in the Cold War.<p>The academics say a similar effort is needed to make renewables cheaper than coal within a …

Nigeria's Boko Haram leader fails to appear in video

<b>Militant Islamists in Nigeria have released a new video and, unusually, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau fails to appear in it.</b><p>Instead, an unidentified young man speaks in the name of "The army of the caliphate in West Africa".<p>Mr Shekau's absence from the video has fuelled speculation about his …

Donut-shaped 'compass' glimpsed inside fly brain

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1167000/1167019_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524772961_797931d3feade292803d07b9b09ff5ce<p><b>A cluster of cells in the brain of a fly can track the animal's orientation like a compass, a study has revealed.</b><p>Fixed in place on top …

BBC Global iPlayer to close in June

<b>The BBC has confirmed the "global" version of its iPlayer on-demand service will close next month.</b><p>The corporation had charged users subscription fees to watch programmes via the app in Western Europe, Australia and Canada.<p>However, it never came to the US.<p>Reports suggest American pay-TV operators …

US Christians numbers 'decline sharply', poll finds

<b>The number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen nearly eight percentage points in only seven years, according to a new survey.</b><p>Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007.<p>In the same period, Americans identifying as having no …

Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Here at the Goats and Soda blog, we talk a lot about tiny critters moving around the globe — andoften causing trouble.<p>Last summer it was Ebola hopping on a plane to Texas. Then a painful virus from eastern Africa, called chikungunya, found its way to Florida via the Philippines and the …

Vienna Introduces New, Same-Sex Themed Crosswalk Signals

Vienna has introduced new same-sex and opposite-sex themed crosswalk signals at 49 intersections across the city.<p>The signals are a more playful take on traditional signals, which usually portray a single, gender-neutral person. The new signals feature a same-sex couple or an opposite-sex couple …

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Islam

Dazzled by Australia's precious opals

<b>It's exactly 100 years since the teenage Willie Hutchinson stumbled across a few pieces of opal while walking in the Australian Outback.</b><p>There with his father to prospect for gold, the youngster's chance find led to a gemstone mining boom and the establishment of the town of Coober Pedy.<p>Today, the …

Emma and Noah are most popular US baby names for 2014

<b>Noah and Emma are the most popular baby names in the US, according the Social Security Administration.</b><p>For the second year in a row, Noah topped of the list for boys. Liam, Mason, Jacob and William rounded out the top five.<p>Emma is on top again for the first time since 2008 followed by Olivia, …

North Korea 'test-fires submarine-launched missile'

<b>North Korea says it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile, which if confirmed would be a significant boost in its arsenal.</b><p>Analysts say North Korea has several nuclear warheads but this development would be an advance as submarine-fired devices are difficult to detect.<p>This latest test …

Yemen conflict: Saudis warn border civilians to leave

<b>Saudi-led coalition aircraft have dropped leaflets warning residents in a Yemeni border district to leave, as air strikes against Houthi rebels continue.</b><p>Leaflets were dropped in Old Saada in Saada province, the rebels' stronghold.<p>Houthi rebels have fired shells from Saada into Saudi Arabia in …

Ivory Coast boy smuggled to Spain inside suitcase

<b>An eight-year-old boy has been smuggled into Spain from Morocco inside a suitcase, Spanish police say.</b><p>The boy, Abou, was found inside the case being carried by a 19-year-old woman into Ceuta, a Spanish enclave next to Morocco, on Thursday.<p>When police opened the case, they found the boy in a …