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After The A-10: Budget Options For Close Air Support

The Warthog’s life extension doesn’t mean we’ll have it forever<p>Eventually, America’s beloved rugged close-air support warbird A-10 "Thunderbolt" will have to retire. But not today: in fact, the A-10 likely got a life extension when the commander in charge of the Air Force’s combat deployments …

Military

Surprise! Scientists discover that sperm cells can slither

Scientists have discovered that sperm have a previously unrecognized skill – they can swim in a "slither" mode when they are close to the wall of their environment.<p>The motion of a slithering sperm cell resembles that of a snake wriggling across the desert floor – the head of the sperm points in one …

You may already know if you'll catch a cold - Futurity

How you rate your own health could indicate your susceptibility to the common cold, a new study finds.

Want to Be a Fossil? Try Burial in Guano

When I briefly considered the many different ways I might someday become a fossil, I tried to hit many of the most common interment scenarios. There’s burial at sea, beneath a sand dune, along a floodplain, and various other places where sediment accumulates fast enough to protect a body for the …

Middle East

Ancient river network discovered buried under Saharan sand

Radar images of the Mauritanian desert have revealed a river stretching for more than 500km and suggest plants and wildlife once thrived there<p>A vast river network that once carried water for hundreds of miles across Western Sahara has been discovered under the parched sands of Mauritania.<p>Radar …

Earth Science

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Performance clothes will never be the same<p>For the past three weeks, outdoor apparel maker The North Face and materials company Spiber have been touring a gold-colored parka across Japan. The prototype, called the “Moon Parka,” is a first—a coat whose outer shell is spun from synthetic spider …

If Flight Attendants Were Brutally Honest, This Is What They'd Say

Flight attendants keep all kinds of secrets, but what if they were honest to your face?<p>This perfectly on-point Buzzfeed video imagines a not-so-improbable future in which flight attendants speak what's <i>really</i> on their minds, regarding everything from our carry-on choices...<p>via GIPHY<p>... to our …

Aviation

Alien Megastructures Ruled Out? Not Yet.

The SETI Institute didn’t find evidence for E.T.s, but scientists want to look again with a bigger and better telescope<p>Could there be aliens around the star KIC 8462852? You may either be relieved or disappointed to find out that the Allen Telescope Array scanned the star for evidence of advanced …

Universe

How a Carnegie Mellon Professor Made a MakerBot a Cheap Bioprinter

The question Carnegie Mellon University professor Adam Feinberg was trying to answer was how he could produce bioprints of cellular structures that …

3D Printing

MRSA treatment could be transformed by new precision drug therapy

Radical combination of antibodies and antibiotics could effectively clear up ‘superbug’ infections and TB, as well as reducing harm to healthy microbes<p>A precision drug therapy that wipes out bugs that hide in the body could help clear up persistent infections that do not respond to standard …

Microbiology

US diplomats: Russian strikes hit Syrian rebels, civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top U.S. diplomats said Wednesday that 85 to 90 percent of Russian air strikes in Syria have killed moderate opposition forces and civilians and that Moscow's intervention has done little to stop Islamic State militants.<p>The State Department officials testified before the House …

Middle East

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

The most affordable places to travel to next year, according to Lonely Planet

Included in the series is a list of the best-value destinations for 2016, which pinpoints the top destinations where visitors can have high-quality travel experiences without breaking the bank.<p>From the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the renowned vineyards of Galicia, Spain, …

Ho Chi Minh City

CIA Director: My Email Was Hacked, And Yours Can Be, Too

CIA Director John Brennan says the recent hack of his personal AOL email account makes it clear how everyone can be at risk on the Internet.<p>“What it does is to underscore just how vulnerable people are to those who want to cause harm,” Brennan said. “And so I think it does epitomize, in many …

George Washington University

U.S. Navy destroyer nears islands built by China in South China Sea | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday sent a guided-missile destroyer to challenge 12-nautical-mile territorial limits that China claims around artificial islands it built in the South China Sea.<p>USS Lassen (DDG 82), (R) transits in formation with ROKS Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise …

China

Europe is starting to shut down the free flow of refugees

While most of the 28 nations in the bloc pledged to take in thousands of refugees — Germany promised to take 800,000 asylum seekers in 2015 alone— the EU has started putting up barriers to manage the flow.<p>EU and Balkan leaders met in Brussels over the weekend and hashed out a 17-point plan to …

North Africa

Processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, World Health Organisation says

WHO publishes report listing processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans' - the highest ranking, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes<p>Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said.<p>"For an individual, the risk of …

Greek authorities search for migrants after emergency call

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say they are searching for a group of migrants who made an emergency call saying they were in danger while crossing a river marking the border between Greece and Turkey.<p>Police and fire department officials said Wednesday an unidentified person called …

North Africa

Video Shows Bomb-Carrying Condom Balloons In Syria

A weak prophylactic against aerial attack<p>Condoms are very effective at preventing transmission of STI’s, but can they also be used as an effective weapon against aircraft? In a video, a group of what appears to be militants fill condoms with air and then attach bombs to them, in an attempt to …

46-Gigapixel View of Milky Way is Largest-Ever Image of Space

Space is big, but it's never been quite <i>this</i> big. This composite image taken by astronomers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is, they claim, the largest image of space to date. It shows a long swathe of the Milky Way, photographed piece by piece over a period of five years from the university's …

Cosmology

10 ways to fall asleep on a plane

Who doesn’t find it impossible to fall asleep on a plane? Even if you do manage to nod off, you know that a stiff neck, and possibly drool on your …

Sleep

Tiny 'engineers' caused first mass extinction - Futurity

Scientists have found evidence that critters, not catastrophe, drove Earth's first mass extinction.

Extinction

Five ways to maintain a long-term relationship

What does it take to make a long-term relationship work? We spoke to relationship professionals about the science behind matching systems on dating websites for their top tips<p>Just what does it take to have a long-term relationship? After dating website eHarmony.co.uk carried out a psychological …

Solar system history hides in bits of stardust - Futurity

To reconstruct the history of the birth of the solar system, scientists are analyzing grains of stardust from ancient meteorites that fell to Earth.

US, Russia, Saudi and Turkey to meet to discuss Syria

Russian President Valadimir Putin and his Russian foreign minister have been involved in a flurry of diplomatic talks, with the Kremlin chief speaking by phone to both Saudi Arabia's king Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, updating them on the results of a …

Middle East

Wikileaks Claims To Release More Documents From CIA Director's Private Email Account

Some of the documents released Thursday appeared to be memos prepared for the Senate.<p>Wikileaks on Thursday released a second batch of documents it claims to have obtained from CIA chief John Brennan's private email account.<p>It was not immediately clear if the documents were in fact from an email …

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

Earth’s final days are in the distant future, but the the death of a far-off solar system revealed in images from Kepler 2 shows how the world might end<p>The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s …

Universe

UK rolls out red carpet for China's Xi on contentious visit

LONDON (AP) — China's leader quoted Chinese proverbs and William Shakespeare while Britain's prime minister hailed a "golden age" between the two nations as a state visit festooned with regal pomp and pageantry was shadowed by concerns about national security, human rights and economic …

China