Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 7:01 am
The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive.
Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 5:24 am
There are estimates of some 20 million gamers in Iran, where half the population is under 25 years old. Last year, the Obama administration eased sanctions on Internet services in Iran, giving a boost to the game market.
Two entrepreneurs with Iranian roots hope to make an international splash with their new game called Seven Quests. The online multiplayer game is an update of a 1,000-year-old Iranian poem, the "Shahnameh" or the "epic of the kings."
The train halted in a tunnel just outside L'Enfant Plaza station, a major junction in the system, and then the power went out and smoke flooded into the car, NPR employee Luis Clemens told the radio station.
Last week Southern California Public Radio reported that over 40 people become ill from a Rosca de Reyes, a Three Kings Day bread that is traditional in various Hispanic communities. The sick patrons of Cholula's bakery, located in Santa Ana,and its retail outlets complained of heart palpitations and hallucinations.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:57 pm
As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders gathered a group of black ministers in Savannah, Ga. The goal was to help the thousands of newly freed slaves.
From that meeting came Gen. William T. Sherman's Special Field Order 15. It set aside land along the Southeast coast so that "each family shall have a plot of not more than forty acres of tillable ground."
That plan later became known by a signature phrase: "40 acres and a mule."
About 25,000 demonstrators marched in Dresden, Germany, today to protest what they see as the "Islamization of Europe." They also held a moment of silence to honor the victims of last week's deadly attack on a French satirical magazine.
"The terrible acts of Paris are further proof that PEGIDA is needed," one of the organizers, Lutz Bachmann, reportedly said, referring to the group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:22 pm
A game between two of the most high-powered offenses in college football, came down, time and again, to which team could grind out one or two yards.
Ohio State converted all through fourth down attempts and eight of 14 third down tries, while the Buckeyes defense stopped one Oregon drive just inches from the goal line. College football's first playoffs is sending a trophy home to Columbus following the Buckeyes' 42-20 win.
It's the Buckeyes' eighth national title, and their first since the 2002 season.