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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Jokes He's 'Surrounded by Only Women' After Announcing Baby Girl News

It’s raining girls for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.<p>Shortly after the actor announced that he and girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their second …

Everything You Need to Know About Star Trek: Discovery Before It Premieres

Hey, did you hear there’s a new <i>Star Trek</i> show starting September 24? Anticipation is mighty high here at io9—but for everyone who <i>hasn’t</i> been …

READ: Obama's full statement on DACA

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.<p>But that's not what the action that the White House took today is …

Immigration

High temperatures, 'corn sweat' form dangerous heat dome over U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> The dog days of summer are hitting hard this year, and forecasters warn that some of the hottest temperatures of the season may sear a large portion of the United States this week.<p>Very high humidity is expected to accompany the heat, especially in the Midwest, and that moisture -- combined …

archatlas: The Ancient Ghost City of Ani Situated on the eastern border of Turkey, across the Akhurian River from Armenia, lies the empty, crumbling site of the once-great metropolis of Ani, known as “the city of a thousand and one churches.” Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on several trade routes, and grew to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century. In the centuries that followed, Ani and the surrounding region were conquered hundreds of times – Byzantine emperors, Ottoman Turks, Armenians, nomadic Kurds, Georgians, and Russians claimed and reclaimed the area, repeatedly attacking and chasing out residents. By the 1300s, Ani was in steep decline, and it was completely abandoned by the 1700s. Rediscovered and romanticized in the 19th century, the city had a brief moment of fame, only to be closed off by World War I and the later events of the Armenian Genocide that left the region an empty, militarized no-man’s land. The ruins crumbled at the hands of many: looters, vandals, Turks who tried to eliminate Armenian history from the area, clumsy archaeological digs, well-intentioned people who made poor attempts at restoration, and Mother Nature herself. Restrictions on travel to Ani have eased in the past decade, allowing the following photos to be taken. Images and text via (via archatlas)

Time to rethink calling someone an uncultured ‘philistine’

By Ari Rabinovitch<p>Philistines were no philistines, say archaeologists who unearthed a 3,000-year-old cemetery in which members of the biblical nation were buried along with jewelry and perfumed oil.<p>Little was known about the Philistines prior to the recent excavation in the Israeli port city of …

Why Do Chimps Have Penis Bones When Humans Don't?

Most people are aware that human males do not have calcified bones in their penis. If this seems obvious, did you know that most other species of mammal have a bone in their penis? Well they do, and it’s called a baculum.<p>In general, male genitals evolve really fast, likely due to extreme …

Republicans drag out history's worst president—because he's still much better than Trump

Bill Clinton left office with a record 66% approval rating. President Obama currently enjoys a 53% (and rising) approval rating. But George W. Bush, …

How Muhammad Ali Wanted to Be Remembered, in His Own Words

"I'd like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness,"<p>A video clip of legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali detailing his 'Recipe for Life' is being widely shared today (June 4) following the sad news that the …

This Wearable Patch Uses Sweat To Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

And can automatically deliver medication with microneedles<p>People with diabetes prick their fingers multiple times a day to check their blood glucose levels, and dose themselves daily with injections of insulin. This monitoring is crucial, as rises in sugar levels in the blood can, over time, …

Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through Windows Update

Software update upgraded to ‘recommended’ status, meaning those with automatic updates set will see it downloaded in the background and a request to install Windows 10 over Windows 7 and 8<p>Microsoft has followed through with its plans to push adoption of Windows 10 by downloading it in the …

Windows 10

Police arrest NYC man accused of making girlfriend parade naked on street | Fox News

A man who allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend unless she walked naked on the streets of New York City’s Harlem was arrested on charges of choking, child abuse, coercion and assault.<p>The New York Daily News is reporting that NYPD officers arrested Jason Melo, 24, on suspicion of beating and …

Crime

Passenger who beat his Uber driver should drop his countersuit

<b>(CNN) —</b> Until now, the classic definition of "chutzpah" has been "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."<p>If he possesses no other quality, Benjamin Golden at least has that one.<p>Golden achieved 15 …

Privacy

Superfast hyperloop to hurtle into action in 36 months

Plans to build a fully functioning hyperloop in the US are zooming along at a rapid pace.<p>The futuristic tubular transportation system, first envisioned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, could be carrying its first passengers through Kings County in Central California in three years.<p>"In 36 months we will …

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

David Bowie obituary

Until the last, David Bowie, who has died of cancer, was still capable of springing surprises. His latest album, Blackstar, appeared on his 69th birthday on 8 January, and showed that his gift for making dramatic statements as well as challenging, disturbing music had not deserted him.<p>Throughout …

Syrian refugees: Which countries welcome them, which ones don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> The expanding Syrian refugee crisis highlights the differences among countries that welcome desperate migrants and those that don't.<p>Some 4.1 million Syrians are fleeing a homeland riven by more than four years of civil war. Some countries have taken in so many migrants it's caused a …

Syrian Refugees

Clarkson and the 'Top Gear' team are 'very, very, very expensive' says Amazon boss

Signing Jeremy Clarkson and the "Top Gear" team was "very, very, very expensive" for Amazon, says Jeff Bezos. But speaking to The Telegraph, the Amazon founder and chief executive boasts Amazon is part of "a golden age of television".<p>Clarkson was fired by UK broadcaster the BBC in March after …

Cats do not need their owners, scientists conclude

Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a new study has shown.<p>Although owners might worry that their pet is nervously pining for their return when they leave the house, in fact, cats show no sign of separation …

Who are the Shoreham Air Show victims? Everything we know about plane crash

The victims, the crash, the pilot, the aftermath - here is everything we know about plane crash on A27 in West Sussex that killed 11 people<p>A full inquest into the deaths of 11 men killed in the Shoreham Air Show crash might not take place until June 2016.<p>After a Hawker Hunter plane crashed onto the …

The Secret, Deadly Life of Seashells

Their geometry captivated Sir Christopher Wren, their beauty made them the original blood diamonds, and—along with sharks and bison—they just might …

Zoology

El Niño Could Be Among Strongest on Record, Raising Risk of Floods

Weather<p>The phenomenon known as El Niño is brewing in the Pacific Ocean — and it could be one of the strongest on record, raising the risk of floods and mudslides this winter in Southern California, forecasters said Thursday.<p>It won’t produce enough rain to end the historic drought in California, …

In pictures: medieval life

It was one of the most turbulent and transformative periods in history. But what was life like for ordinary people in the Middle Ages? Here, we take …

Ancient History

​Researchers hack a Corvette's brakes via insurance black box

The list of ways to electronically hijack cars is growing thanks to devices used to monitor drivers' roadway behavior.<p>Recently, we've seen a wave of devices vying for placement in your car's onboard diagnostics port (known as OBD-II). These little plastic boxes promise to connect your car to the …

Fujifilm announces infrared X-T1 camera for fine art and crime scenes

Fujifilm's latest X-series camera is its least expected yet. The X-T1 IR is a variant of the fantastic X-T1 mirrorless camera, and matches it in just about every regard apart from its sensor — this model captures light from different parts of the spectrum, including ultraviolet and infrared as well …

Life of the Week: Virginia Woolf

The unconventional English writer is remembered for influential works including <i>Mrs Dalloway</i> (1925), <i>To the Lighthouse</i> (1927) and <i>A Room of One's Own</i> …

Literature

Kings and Queens in profile: Mary, Queen of Scots

We explore the life of one of history's most controversial monarchs: Mary, Queen of Scots<p><b>Born:</b> 8 December 1542, Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, …

World History

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

Renovations

In pictures: the luxury estate designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and owned by Napoleon’s sister

The former Tuscany residence of Napoleon’s sister Elisa Bonaparte has gone on sale for upwards of €5 million<p>The luxury villa near Livorno is part of …

Italy

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …