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How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria

WASHINGTON — The artillery barrage was so intense that the American commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling. It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by …

War

Justin Bieber Tells Fans Not to Be Fooled by Glamorous Posts From Celebrities After Met Gala

A papal Rihanna and renaissance Lana Del Rey may still have you feeling starstruck over Monday night’s holier-than-thou Met Gala. But it’s not all …

Papa John's Is Suffering and It Only Has Papa John's to Blame

Last year, John Schnatter got his pizza empire, Papa John’s International Inc., in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.<p>Comparable sales growth …

Blake Lively Telling Photographers to "Calm Down" at the Met Gala Is *Chef Kiss*

HOW CAN ANYONE BE CALM AROUND HER OUTFIT.<p>If you thought nothing could top Kendall Jenner pushing a security guard out of her shot at the Met Gala, may we present Blake Lively reportedly telling photographers to "calm down" after they flew into hysterics upon seeing how iconic she looked.<p>The blessed …

Warren Buffett says bitcoin is 'rat poison'

Tell us how you really feel, Mr. Buffett.<p>The price of bitcoin took a dive after Warren Buffett renewed his criticism of the cryptocurrency — even comparing it to rat poison.<p>Bitcoin had been closing in on $10,000, but it fell nearly 6% Sunday and was down another 2% Monday to just over …

Investing

What If Earth Started Spinning Backward?

For billions of years, Earth has rotated in the same direction as the sun — but what if that direction were reversed?<p>Deserts would cover North …

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells …

Read Elon Musk's bold Mars colony plan for free online

Elon Musk's latest plan to colonize Mars is now officially part of the academic literature.<p>A summary of the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO's presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia last September has been published in the peer-reviewed journal New Space. The journal is …

Elon Musk

NASA ‘clean’ room is contaminated with fungus

Clean rooms are the final line of defense in extraterrestrial exploration: Spacecraft departing for other worlds are stripped of any biological …

Microbiology

Protein That Can Stop Cancer Identified

Researchers have discovered a protein that prevents the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells in the liver. The anti-cancer protein, called …

Cancer

Stephen Hawking Lived Beyond His Body

For all of us, the act of being and thinking requires a network of complex support. The late physicist’s disability made it visible.<p>Midnight. As I was browsing the internet, I saw, like shooting stars, emails suddenly appear and disappear from the right-hand corner of my computer screen. The first …

Stephen Hawking

6 Words That Every Travel Junkie Should Know

After spending a large portion of this year away from home, I’ve come to consider myself a travel junkie, the kind that nobody invites to parties …

Stephen Hawking died on a day that is cosmically connected to Albert Einstein and pi

Stephen Hawking, the legendary theoretical physicist, died early Wednesday in his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 76.<p>Coincidentally, Hawking died on Albert Einstein's birthday. Einstein, another venerated theoretical physicist, also died at age 76, in 1955.<p>March 14 is also Pi Day in the …

'Big Bang Theory' Cast Remembers Stephen Hawking: 'Thank You For Being an Inspiration'

“He made us laugh and we made him laugh,” Kaley Cuoco writes of beloved recurring guest star<p>Like so many lives touched by Stephen Hawking’s …

Elon Musk Blasts Harvard’s Steven Pinker Over Comments Dismissing the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk took to Twitter this week to bemoan comments, made by Harvard professor Steven Pinker, that were dismissive of Musk’s many warnings about …

Ancient Roman Military Home Found During Subway Construction

The sprawling dwelling dates to the 2nd century.<p>Archaeologists say work to expand Rome's subway has unearthed a sprawling 2nd-century domus, or residence, of a military commander, complete with well-preserved geometric design mosaic, marble floors and frescoed walls.<p>Top Rome archaeology official …

John Krasinski to men who aren't sexually harassing women: 'Don’t pat yourself on the back'

John Krasinski, the actor best-known for his role as <i>The Office'</i>s resident "good guy," Jim Halpert, has some thoughts about what men need to be doing …

Cellphones on the Moon? Not So Fast

If a phone buzzes on the moon and no one’s there to answer it, does it make a sound? What does it matter, it’s bound to make news.<p>On Tuesday, the phone companies Vodafone and Nokia said that they planned to build a cellular network in space to support what would be the first privately funded moon …

Astronomers uncover echoes of the very first stars

Scientists have identified faint radio signals emitted by the first stars shortly after they shined their light on the universe for the first time. …

Putin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia threatened the West with a new generation of nuclear weapons Thursday, including what he described as an “invincible” intercontinental cruise missile and a nuclear torpedo that could outsmart all American defenses.<p>The presentation by Mr. Putin, which …

Russia

Carl Has To Die On ‘The Walking Dead’ So That Negan Can Live

In the midseason finale of <i>The Walking Dead</i>, we discover that Carl has been bitten by a zombie. Fans fully expect that he will die in the midseason premiere. I don’t buy for a second the fan theory currently in circulation suggesting that Carl will survive the zombie bite owing to scar tissue on the …

The Walking Dead

Trump Jr. Hits At Hillary Clinton's 'Fire And Fury' Grammy Cameo

Sunday night's Grammy Awards dove less into politics and activism compared to the Golden Globes earlier this month, but in one pre-taped skit, the show plunged right into the, well, fire and fury.<p>Host James Corden reminded the audience that you don't need to be a musician to win a Grammy – the …

Donald Trump

Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript pieced together and deciphered

Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century after their discovery, an Israeli university has said.<p>The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been …

This ‘Suicide Squad 2’ Behind The Scenes Photo Is A Huge Spoiler

Joel Kinnaman — who plays Rick Flag in <i>Suicide Squad</i> and <i>Suicide Squad 2</i> — shared a training photo that reveals someone you may not have expected to see in <i>Suicide Squad 2</i>. Spoilers ahead.<p>At the end of <i>Suicide Squad</i>, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) — the pyrokinetic ex-gang member who accidentally murdered his …

Joel Kinnaman

The oldest known fossils show life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago — and indicate life in the universe may be common

The mysterious story of how life on Earth began just became a bit clearer, thanks to a new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms.<p>Findings from that analysis indicate that diverse life existed on our planet far before many scientists thought it was possible. That means it might have …

Religion in The US Is Becoming Increasingly Polarised

Despite the advances of science.

Religion

Rick Grimes Has Been Rocking The Same Underwear On ‘The Walking Dead’ Since Season One

The zombie apocalypse is a terrible place where Walkers chase after you almost as relentlessly as the gangs of cannibal killers. Food is scarce, trust is even scarcer, and underwear is apparently in extremely short supply. That’s the determination we’ve made via this latest <i>The Walking Dead</i> easter …

The Walking Dead

NASA has reinvented the wheel using a material that 'remembers' its shape

Mars destroys tires — so NASA reinvented the wheel by giving it a memory. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>NASA has reinvented the tire. These rover tires are made from a nickel-titanium alloy. A material that can be deformed and return back to shape.<p>The super-elastic material allows it to …

Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change

<i>This is an article from</i> <i>Turning Points</i><i>, a magazine that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.</i><p>As our climate changes, human creativity has been turning to solutions to problems ranging from restoring water supplies to rebuilding failing ecosystems. In …