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Ancient flying reptile named after 'Avatar' creature | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the last letter of the genus name, Ikrandraco instead of Ikrandraci)<p>The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. REUTERS/Chuang Zhao/Handout<p>Some of the most visually …

The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world, from the Scottish referendum to London fashion week

Southwest mops up after heavy rains force rescues

MOAPA, Nev. (AP) — The Southwest was mopping up Tuesday after pouring rains and flash flooding washed out part of a major rail line between Las Vegas …

Liberia braces for worst as Ebola death toll jumps

While the WHO predicted an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, it warned that Liberia, which has reaped the lion's share of misery with half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow contagion, not stop it.<p>The UN's health arm upped the Ebola death toll Tuesday in …

ISIS Threat: Fear of Terror Attack Soars to 9/11 High, NBC News/WSJ Poll Finds

The nation is on edge in the wake of brutal beheadings of journalists by Islamic extremists — with more Americans saying the United States is less safe now than at any point since 9/11, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows.<p>The exclusive poll reveals that 47% of Americans believe the …

Ferguson reforms met with rancor at city meeting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Efforts by city leaders in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer to …

Scottish independence campaign gaining ground, polls suggest

With less than two weeks to go until Scotland's referendum, polls suggest an increase in those favoring independence from the United Kingdom, with one survey for the first time putting the "yes" vote ahead.<p>On September 18, voters in Scotland will be presented with a simple yes/no question: Should …

World Trade Center complex on way to completion

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen years after 9/11 forever changed the New York skyline, officials say most work at the World Trade Center complex is on track …

Hawaii ramps up efforts to move homeless people from tourists areas

Jim Trevarthen used to teach tourists how to surf on Hawaii’s famed Waikiki Beach.<p>These days Trevarthen, 62, is homeless after his Waikiki landlord canceled his lease and jacked up the rent, he said. He spends his days reading surfside and figuring out where he’s going to get his next meal, and his …

Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with …

Incredible Wheelchair-Bound Man Completes Ironman Triathlon Alongside His Twin Brother

Last Sunday, 34-year-old Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman triathlon, thanks to his own determination and the tremendous love and support of his twin brother, Steen. Using special equipment, Steen swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a rubber raft, …

Brazilian Economy Hits A BRIC Wall And Goes Into Recession

Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.<p>The results are a blow to President Dilma Rousseff, who faces an …

Far Cry 4 is an Insane Playground - PAX Prime - IGN Video

Daemon and Marty discuss angering elephants, the most deadly arrows in the world, and how to not fly a gyrocopter.

This Female-Dominated Society In Brazil Is Looking For Men To Join

At face value, it sounds like every straight dude’s dream -- a town in Brazil filled with women...and <i>only</i> women. Cue the Adriana Lima fantasies. But …

5 Private Islands You Can Rent

Why settle for a private swath of sand when you can have an entire island to yourself?<p>Why settle for a private swath of sand when you can have an entire island to yourself? <i>Via TownandCountryMag.com</i><p>Photograph courtesy of Musha Cay & the Islands of Copperfield Bay

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

Milky Way panoramic photographs taken in US wilderness by Matt Payne - Telegraph

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That's A Job: Imaginary Mechanical Engineer

Creating unreal designs<p>Robert Simons intended to design real cars for a living. But when his sketches drew Holly-wood’s attention during an internship, he turned to sci-fi instead. This year, the 25-year-old concept designer created a weaponized exoskeleton for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But he’s …

Ambassadors for evidence

Ebola infections, wars in the Middle East, an erupting volcano in Iceland – a glance at newspaper headlines in London last week shows how important issues requiring policy decisions are not constrained by national boundaries. However, the science advisory systems that help policymakers are …

Walking fish replays evolution from land to sea

Scientists raised these fish to walk on land

Using living fish to study ancient evolutionary changes<p>Raising fish on land seems like the sort of idea you’d get while recovering from general anesthesia. But for three McGill University researchers, it made perfect sense. How else would you find out what behavioral and physiological changes might …

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Incredible Sea Lion Birth Captured on Video