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These are the 12 largest nuclear detonations in history

Since then, there have been over 2,051 other nuclear weapons tests around the world.<p>No other force epitomizes the absolute destructive power humanity has unlocked in the way nuclear weapons have. And the weapons rapidly became more poweful in the decades after that first test.<p>The device tested 70 …

North Korea

18 rare color photographs of the Russian Empire from over 100 years ago

In 1907, the photographer decided to systematically document the Russian Empire, and he was given a specially equipped railroad car darkroom by Tsar Nicholas II for the project.<p>To create his images, he used an oblong glass plate through three different color filters of red, green, and blue, …

Russia

Should America and Israel Let Their Enemies Kill Each Other Off?

Hamas, once the deadliest threat, is now a ‘frenemy’ taking on the Islamic State. But no one can afford to sit back and watch.<p>As some see it, what’s happening now in the Mideast provides the best excuse the Israelis have had in a long time to just sit back and let their worst enemies rub each other …

Middle East

Response to Proposed Army Surplus Handgun Sales Is 'Blind Leading the Dumb'

There's a gun nut in Alabama named Mike Rogers who represents the 3rd Congressional District, an area which includes the town of Anniston. And every gun nut like me knows Anniston because it's the headquarters of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, aka the CMP. One of the easiest ways to get …

Guns

Go underground with the workers who dig NYC's subterranean tunnels

Since 1872, Union 147— or the Sandhogs, as they're popularly known — has worked underground to excavate and construct most subterranean infrastructure projects for the city, clearing and blasting million-year old bedrock and creating tunnels for various uses.<p>Beginning with the foundations for the …

Brooklyn Bridge

Anzac centenary: Anniversary of the death of Major General William Throsby Bridges

This week marks 100 years since the death of the only identified Australian soldier to have died in combat in World War I and have his body returned …

Grand Theft Automated

The day after the <i>New York Times</i> published its stunning two-part exposé of labor conditions in New York City's nail salons, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, nobody's idea of a radical, discovered that he was sitting on power that he didn't know he had. Cuomo ordered a crackdown against a broad …

Bill de Blasio

How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans

“There is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these [factual] questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” A political scientist on what Roger Ailes has wrought, including the problems he is creating for his own GOP.<p>Let me recommend for your weekend reading, …

Political Science

What Really Happened on Albania’s Nuclear Ghost Island?

The mysterious Sazan Island has been home to a Soviet military base and possibly a chemical weapons facility. Could it now become a vacation …

War

Three states bicker over 'first in flight' claim – but who's got it Wright?

Connecticut celebrates story of Gustave Whitehead, which Ohio officially repudiates after establishing a truce with North Carolina over the Wright brothers<p>Lawmakers in two states have chosen to fight over flight, contesting a third state’s claim that the Wright brothers did not make aviation …

Get your Sagan on with 50 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Once Sputnik 1 was successfully hurled into orbit in 1957, spaceflight was no longer a mere pipe dream reserved for the pages of fiction. Shortly …

U.S. Airlines Are Like A "Low-Cost Bus Company," Says Emirates Chief

More shots fired in the fight over "open skies" and the rise of the aviation giants of the Persian Gulf.<p>Let's get ready to rumble. Emirates airline president Tim Clark spoke with <i>The National</i> about the big three U.S. airlines that are calling for restrictions on Persian Gulf–based carriers offering …

How Washington Derailed Amtrak

Add to Briefcase<p>Simon Van Zuylen Wood<p>April 17, 2015, 1 a.m.<p>Thirty-nine minutes in­to his south­bound ride from Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware, to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Joseph H. Board­man, pres­id­ent and CEO of Amtrak, be­gins to cry. We’re in the din­ing car of a train called <i>the</i> <i>Sil­ver Star,</i> sur­roun­ded …

Trains
National Security

Johannesburg's Ponte City: 'the tallest and grandest urban slum in the world' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 33

In an inner-city neighbourhood gradually shedding its crime-riddled skin, Ponte is a symbol of the renaissance sweeping South Africa’s commercial capital<p>“On the 13th and 14th floor you could get anything from a blow-job to an acid trip in a few minutes. Essentially, the building was hijacked.”<p>In …

Charles Krauthammer's false statement about the US Constitution

To justify the president's War on Terror policies, the Washington Post columnist spreads a demonstrable myth<p>Charles Krauthammer's Washington Post column this morning, which calls on Congress to enact new legislation authorizing and regulating Obama's drone attacks, is actually worth reading. That's …

Two Sisters, Two Views of Gay Marriage

A pair of siblings on opposite sides of the debate finds that their disagreement does not erase their love for each other.<p><b>Elizabeth:</b><p>I swore I’d never write publicly about this issue. It always felt too personal. Better to avoid it and focus on what my sister and I have in common.<p>I had watched, with …

Relationships

Robots are coming for your job: Amazon, McDonald’s and the next wave of dangerous capitalist “disruption”

Says one builder: “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them”<p>In the United States and other advanced economies, the major disruption will be in the service sector—which is, after all, where the vast majority of workers are now employed. This …

South African mercenaries' secret war on Boko Haram

Mercenaries from South Africa have proved quietly decisive in helping the Nigerian military turn around its campaign against Boko Haram, writes Colin Freeman in Abuja<p>With their roots in <b>South Africa</b> apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the standard image of an army of liberation. But after …

Africa

Poland feels sting of betrayal over CIA 'black site'

If there were screams, there was no one around to hear them.<p>When 9/11 mastermind<p>Khalid Shaikh Mohammedand several other terrorism suspects were spirited under cover of winter darkness to this remote northeastern village for interrogation, the few cottages within earshot were empty and the lakes …

Europe

Blacking up, wacky Asians and the Libyans: the worst of 80s movie racism

Remember Soul Man, about the white kid who became ‘a brother’ to get into Harvard? Or Adventures in Babysitting, about the family that took a wrong turn in the ghetto?<p>Hadley Freeman: why I owe it all to 80s movies<p>The best fashion, quotes and British baddies from 80s movies<p>In order to understand how …

Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space

‘I was surrounded by stars, floating without control,’ recalls the cosmonaut who made history 50 years ago on a mission that nearly cost him his life<p>Fifty years ago, Alexei Leonov opened the airlock of his tiny space capsule, which was orbiting the Earth, and stepped into the void. For 12 minutes …

Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler

In the Western popular imagination -- particularly the American one -- World War II is a conflict <i>we</i> won. It was fought on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, through the rubble of recaptured French towns and capped by sepia-toned scenes of joy and young love in New York. It was a victory shaped …

World History

World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

For one time only, Germans and Allies fought together in WWII. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.<p>The most …

The Star Wars Sequel Lucas Didn't Get to Make

According to a new Vanity Fair article, the director envisioned an Episode VII driven by teenage characters. But J.J. Abrams had different ideas.<p>George Lucas is not involved with the creation of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. When interviewed by Stephen Colbert about the forthcoming sequel, the …

Science Fiction

Africa in World War II: the forgotten veterans | Africa | DW | 07.05.2015

70 years ago, on May 8, 1945, the German armed forces capitulated, marking the end of the Second World War, at least in Europe. In other parts of the …

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan to Los Angeles, hoping it was the start of something big.<p>Before he made it to California, however, Rivers fell victim to a legal form of government …

The Middle East is America’s collateral damage: The brutal truth about America’s drone wars

Obama’s apology for the death of an American aid worker lays bare his callous indifference toward Muslim life<p>In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts?<p>In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t <i>count</i> and <i>they</i> don’t count.<p>The …