New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Simulating The Cosmos With AstroBEAR

Aug 27, 2013
Originally published on August 27, 2013 10:38 am

So all of us here at 13.7 Cosmos and Culture have day jobs. Much as we love exploring the big topics of life, the universe and ... um ... the meaning of zombie movies for NPR, we have academic jobs, too. In honor of the last week of summer (and finishing all my summer science projects before classes begin), I thought it might be nice to give folks a glimpse into what our computational research group does here at the University of Rochester.

I could write a whole bunch of text to describe our development of advanced supercomputer tools for simulating astrophysical flows. Luckily, I don't have to because we recently completed a nice six-minute video describing AstroBEAR 2.0. That's the cute name given to the adaptive mesh refinement and magneto-hydrodynamics (your new words for the day) computer code we've just finished and made available to other researchers.

The development of this code took many years and the hard work of many graduate students, some of whom you will see in the video (made by the University of Rochester). Also, funding for the development of this tool for studying how stars form, and how they die, came from you via the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy. Thanks!

You can keep up with more of what Adam Frank is thinking on Facebook and on Twitter: @AdamFrank4

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