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ISIS executes 262, as it takes ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> When ISIS captures a city, the bloodshed is hardly over, as the militants summarily execute captive fighters and residents by the dozens. In Syria, they have killed more than 250 of them in less than two weeks.<p>At least 13 of the victims were children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human …

Chimps losing lives and limbs to the 'landmines of the forest'

Meet Max: Max is a double amputee, having lost both his right and left legs below the knee. He lost his limbs not to war, disease, or a car accident, but to wire snares. You see, Max is a chimpanzee in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. Before he turned eight, Max was caught by snares twice, losing a …

Wildlife

Black Hole Winds Quench Star Formation in Entire Galaxies

Giant winds from black holes can blast gas through galaxies at extraordinary speeds, pulling the plug on star formation, researchers say.<p>This finding …

Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.<p>Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process …

ISIS activity prompts threat level increase at bases

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Security conditions at U.S. military bases have been increased over growing concerns about terror threats, officials said Friday.<p>A U.S. official confirmed to CNN that U.S. military bases are now at "Force Protection Bravo," which is defined by the Pentagon as an "increased and …

LightSail to Get a Test Flight

Just don't fly too close to the Sun.<p>Late astronomer Carl Sagan's vision of a solar powered spaceship has come to life and will receive a test flight …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Zoology Notes 006: The whales with the stretchy nerves

Baleen whales feed by sucking in vast quantities of water, then filtering the prey from it through modified, comb-like teeth called baleen. In some species of baleen whale, the volume of water engulfed during a lunge can be greater than the volume occupied by the whale itself.<p>In order to achieve …

Animals

Two gunmen shot dead at 'draw the prophet Muhammad' contest in Texas

Two gunmen have been killed and a security guard injured during what appears to be an attack on a contest for cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb.<p>The gunmen drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland shortly before 7pm on Sunday where the American Freedom Defense …

Extremism

U.S. Special Forces Rescue American From Mountain in Nepal

Corey Ascolani was trapped for five days before U.S. troops and helicopters brought him and almost 30 others to safety.<p>U.S. Special Forces rescued an …

Special Forces

Clothes That Respond To Light Showcase The Softer Side Of Wearable Tech

Photochromia makes affordable clothing that interacts with your environment.<p>Scan the landscape of wearable tech available today, and you’ll see endless hardware–fitness trackers, step counters, smartwatches, and more. None of it is particularly wearable. For tech to feel as natural as wearing a …

Neil deGrasse Tyson on space, fame, and the future of the human species - Vox

When Americans are asked to name a living scientist, the second-most common response — after Stephen Hawking — is Neil deGrasse Tyson.<p>Tyson is the longtime director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and was previously a researcher in astrophysics at Princeton. But he's so much more. Over the …

Latest on police-custody death: Court waits could increase

12:40 a.m. Wednesday<p>For the people arrested in Baltimore under the state of emergency, there could be a longer wait than usual to see a District …

Yvonne Wenger on Twitter: "The fire in East Baltimore. Dozens of people out here crying and in disbelief: "This is our church!" http://t.co/2DTf1m7sia"

New conversation

Iran bans magazine after 'white marriage' special

Iran’s judiciary has banned a magazine for encouraging cohabitation, according to an Iranian newspaper.<p>Sex outside marriage is crime under Iran’s sharia-based laws, punishable by flogging. In cases of adultery, it can carry a sentence of death by stoning.<p>Last year, the magazine Zanan-e Emrouz …

Middle East

Nepal earthquake expected, but infrastructure not ready

<b>(CNN) —</b> Saturday's deadly earthquake in Nepal was the "big one" experts have been expecting, based on the region's history and geology.<p>The magnitude-7.8 earthquake centered less than 50 miles from the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, toppled homes and historic buildings, and killed more than 2,500 …

Natural Disasters

Secretive X-37B robot space plane returns to Earth - Technology & science - Space - Space.com | NBC News

After seven months in space, the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth on Friday to wrap up a debut flight shrouded in secrecy.<p>The robotic X-37B space plane landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to end its maiden voyage. The space plane, also known as …

North Korea accused of upping 'material support' for terrorism

North Korea has increased its “material support” for terrorist organisations and should be placed back on the United States list of nations that are state sponsors of terrorism, a report released on Monday said.<p>The Pyongyang regime, at the time under the command of Kim Jong-il, was taken off the …

North Korea

To flare or not to flare: The riddle of galactic thin to thick disk solved

A long-standing puzzle regarding the nature of disk galaxies has finally been solved by a team of astronomers using state-of-the-art theoretical …

Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photo)

NASA's eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a view of the space agency's Curiosity rover trundling across the Red Planet.<p>The new …

Mars Rover

Gallup poll finds more gay marriages, domestic partnerships than thought

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, a new poll shows that more American adults are believed to be in gay marriages or domestic partnerships than had been previously thought.<p>A Gallup poll released on Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are part of a same-sex …

US aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf as Iranian convoy moves away from Yemen

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Persian Gulf Saturday to conduct what a U.S. defense official called routine maritime security operations, days after U.S. warships were deployed to the Yemeni coast to counter an Iranian convoy.<p>Multiple U.S. officials have said the American …

Italy: Suspects had contact with bin Laden network, discussed Vatican attack

<b>Rome (CNN) —</b> Italian authorities launched a "vast anti-terrorism operation" Friday, going after suspects associated with al Qaeda who allegedly had discussed a range of targets, including the Vatican.<p>Wiretaps and other intelligence revealed that the group -- some of whom had direct contact with …

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …

Volcano Erupts in Chile: Pictures

San Francisco Bay Area

It’s 25 years since a shuttle first put the giant space telescope into orbit, but the project initially seemed doomed to fail. How did Nasa’s team turn things around, going on to capture over a million stunning images of deep space?<p>The moment had come. Scientists filed into the room and set up a …

Telescopes

NASA Mulls Spy Agency's Telescopes for Dark-Energy Mission

NASA is considering requesting money in next year's budget to eventually start using two space telescopes it received from the United States' spy …

Boy or Girl Dinosaur? For Stegosaurus, the Answer May Be in the Plates

For extinct creatures like dinosaurs known only from fossils, it is notoriously difficult to tell apart the males from the females of a species because sex distinctions are rarely obvious from the skeletons. But in the case of the well-known Jurassic dinosaur Stegosaurus, a study published on …