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The Most Stunning Mountain Destinations in the U.S.

Not all of us have the pleasure of living in major U.S. cities like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles, where mountain views are a part of the daily …

National Parks

Texas, Missouri, Florida officers shot in attacks; 1 killed

A manhunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a veteran Texas police detective ended Monday with an arrest in the killing that was one of several …

Law Enforcement

Wall Street Analyst: Clinton Foundation Is The 'Largest Unprosecuted Charity Fraud Ever'

Wall Street investment analyst Charles Ortel called the Clinton Foundation “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted” before all the …

Clinton Foundation

27 of the Most Beautiful Places to Put on Your Travel Bucket List

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

3tags.org

12 Ancient Sites That Blur the Line Between Fact and Fiction

As a child, TV show host Giorgio Tsoukalos traveled a lot with his parents, and as a teenager, he read a book by Erich von Däniken—an ancient …

Europe with the Nikon D7100

<i>Europe With The Nikon D7100 by Jonathan Zaharek (Instagram):</i><p>This past March, my family and I had the privilege to go on vacation to 10 countries in …

Cameras

'Spooky' lightning reveals a skull face, as seen from the Space Station

Astronauts see a lot of amazing things when staring down at Earth from space.<p>People on the International Space Station have taken photos of planes …

Botanists Just Answered One of the Biggest Questions About Farming on Mars

Researchers have successfully grown a crop of tomatoes, peas, and radishes harvested in Martian soil—and with those comes an answer to one of the big …

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover just snapped a picture of something that's unlike anything it encountered before

Just in time for the holidays, NASA's Curiosity rover is celebrating Christmas 2015 at a Red Planet Paradise — spectacular "Namib Dune." And she marked the occasion by snapping her first ever color self-portrait with the mast mounted high resolution Mastcam 34 mm camera.<p>Heretofore Curiosity has …

WATCH: Jake Muzzin ejected for hip-checking Boyd Gordon in the head

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin was given a match penalty on Saturday night for hip-checking Arizona Coyotes forward Boyd Gordon in the head.<p>…

Ice Hockey

China's Economic Slowdown Is Biggest Business Story of 2015

WASHINGTON — China's economy lost some luster and its leaders their aura of invincibility. A commodities boom went bust, spreading pain from Texas oil fields to Indonesian coal mines.<p>Seven years of near-zero interest rates ended in the United States, while easy money kept flowing elsewhere. …

Bank of China

Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed In An Airstrike Near Damascus

Zahran Alloush, who headed the powerful Jaish al-Islam rebel group, was killed along with several other leaders after a rocket hit their meeting location.<p>The head of one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups Jaish al-Islam and several of its key commanders were killed in an airstrike on Friday in …

Middle East

Pluto gets into the Christmas spirit with new NASA photo

It's even Christmas on Pluto.<p>The little dwarf planet on the outer reaches of our solar system is getting decked out for the holiday in green and …

The year of the outer solar system: how space exploration reached new heights in 2015

Major Tim Peake became Britain’s first career astronaut to make it into orbit – but scientific advances and Pluto discoveries were even bigger news<p>When the Soyuz rocket carrying Britain’s Tim Peake blasted off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this month, he took much of the nation with him. …

Space

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Researchers believe they've identified the part of the brain which ends light sleep, called the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) cycle, and ultimately wakes you up. Professor Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern and his team found a neural circuit sandwiched between two brain regions, …

Obama, Congress avert fed shutdown, focus on taxes, spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Avoiding the high drama of recent year-end budget fights, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday keeping government …

Mitch McConnell

Crab Fisherman Nabs Sea Drone Instead

Lost little war machine finds friendly folks<p>Sailors have for millennia known that the sea hides far more than it reveals. Nowadays, finding robots under the water is almost an inevitability, though that didn’t mean Maryland crabber David Haas was expecting to find one. On November 5th, near the …

The Big Dipper: A Useful Pointer in the Sky

The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear). One of the most familiar star shapes in the northern sky, it is a …

Bernie Sanders: 'To Hell With The Fossil Fuel Industry'

<i>Talk about feeling the Bern — the socialist candidate just told millions of workers that their companies and their jobs and their cars can go to hell.</i><p>During a speech Saturday in South Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders launched into a harangue against political donations to conservative and libertarian …

Fossil Fuels

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.<p>Pig bodies are a lot like human bodies, and Swiston wanted to know whether the device would be able to monitor vital signs from inside a body. It did.<p>It's …

Medical Technology

Six ways ancient Maya still alter the environment - Futurity

The Maya made big changes to their environment 2,000 years ago, say researchers, who find evidence of their continued influence in the region today.

Environment

Interview: Electric Blue Molten Sulphur Flows from Indonesia's Blue Fire Crater

While on a trip to East Java in Indonesia this past July, Chicago-based photographer, music producer, and filmmaker Reuben Wu (of Ladytron fame) captured the otherworldly sight of electric blue molten sulphur gushing from fumaroles (hot gas vents in the earth's crust) in the base of the Blue Fire …

Night skies over Tibet

High above sea level – and far from light pollution – Tibet offers one of the most breathtaking night skies in the world. A collection of photos by …

Sea Level

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Time Travel

Scientists Film Entire Nervous System at Work for First Time

This image shows the nervous system of the fruit fly as it crawls backwards (left) and forwards (right) - the blue regions indicate areas that activate first, the red ones that activate last. Howard Hughes Medical Institute<p>Ever wonder what it would look like inside the brain and nerves of a …

Nature Communications

Iceland hits the geothermal jackpot. Is Japan next? - Futurity

In 2008 engineers in Iceland found a reservoir of extremely hot water that could generate lots of electricity. Could a new computer model locate …

This Is What The Earth Would Look Like Without Its Oceans

A new digital map of Earth's seafloor reveals that the ocean is more complex than we thought.<p>You've never seen our planet quite like this before.<p>Researchers in Australia have mapped the Earth's seafloor in unprecedented detail. The digital map -- published online in the journal Geology on August 5, …

Geology

Meteor shower likely to be good, won't be eclipsed by moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.<p>Celestial timing will help …

Perseids