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That time when Americans and Germans fought together during World War II

It was the last days of the war in Europe on May 5, 1945, when French prisoners, Austrian resistance fighters, German soldiers, and American tankers all fought in defense of Itter Castle in Austria.<p>In 1943, the German military turned the small castle into a prison for "high value" prisoners, such …

Paramilitary

Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves

Praise be to the radio-induced space bubble.<p>Humans have accidentally created a protective bubble around Earth by using very low frequency (VLF) radio transmissions to contact submarines in the ocean. It sounds nuts, but according to recent research published in <i>Space Science Reviews</i>, underwater …

Universe

2 former Navy SEAL commanders say most managers need to rethink how they lead their team

Willink was the commander of Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War, and Babin was his second-in-command as the senior of the unit's two platoon commanders. They formed a leadership consulting firm, Echelon Front, in 2010 and their 2015 book "Extreme …

Military

What You Need to Know When Recording Your Enemies

Trump was in the news recently for possibly taping conversations in the oval office. But can you do that? Turns out the answer is kinda complicated. …

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Climate change explains only 20 percent of the movement.<p>As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away …

Ecology

A former Navy SEAL commander explains the surprising way he trained his troops to respond to failure

During his deployment in Iraq in 2006, Jocko Willink oversaw about 100 people as the commander of US Navy SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser.<p>In an episode of his podcast, Willink explained that he developed a habit that could annoy his troops but also serve as a real motivator.<p>From the podcast:<p>"One of …

Military

Playing with machine learning: An introduction using Keras + TensorFlow.

I did some artificial intelligence (AI) courses while I was studying but I never did anything outside the classroom. Machine learning (ML), and AI in …

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry

When I think of poetry that packs a sensory punch — that gives me the chills, that makes my hair stand on end — I think of Rainer Maria Rilke’s …

Literature

Blowing in the wind: why do so many cities have poor east ends?

From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. One study suggests a surprising reason why<p>The question is so obvious that you could easily forget to ask it: why do cities so often have a poor east side? To be clear, the mystery is not why every city has its leafy …

Why You Should Avoid Waking Up at 5 A.M. Every Day

Getting up early won't make you more successful. In fact, it could be killing your productivity.<p>I recently came across an article by a fellow <i>Inc</i>. contributor that claimed waking up at 5 AM increases productivity. It sounds like solid advice. After all, Benjamin Franklin said, "Early to bed, early …

Sleep

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

America has become so anti-innovation – it's economic suicide

The fall of Juicero isn’t just entertaining tech industry stupidity – it’s the sign of a country refusing to break new ground<p>If you’ve used the internet at any point in the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard of Juicero. Juicero is a San Francisco-based company that sells a $400 juicer. Here’s …

How a Hacker Remembers a PIN

If you have more than a few bank cards, door-entry keycodes, or other small numeric passwords to remember, it eventually gets to be a hassle. The …

How ISIS Learned to Not Mess With Marines on the Front Lines

Then a captain, he'd been charged with leading the Marines of Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine regiment in a secretive mission to set up a …

Study Finds Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

Scientists found that damage in a certain part of the brain is linked to an increase in religious fundamentalism. In particular, lesions in the</b> …

Religion

U.S. Marines are testing a machine gun-wielding robot controlled by a tablet

If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on it’s that it is a terrible idea to pick a fight with a robot tank equipped with a .50-caliber …

How Crispr Could Snip Away Some of Humanity's Worst Diseases

HIV has no cure. But it's not quite the implacable scourge it was throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Education, prophylactics, and drugs like PrEP have …

Genetic Engineering

DroneDeploy Offers Real-Time Drone Mapping With Fieldscanner

Drones are a guilty pleasure for many tech fans who can be seen flying their latest gadget on a beach near you this summer. In a world where people feel the urge to go the extra mile to make their travel videos stand out on Facebook and Instagram, there is an argument that the aerial footage from …

SpaceX Just Laid out a Plan to Give Everyone Internet Access

A Worldwide Network<p>The fact that you’re able to read this article means you are one of the more than 3.77 billion people in the world that has access …

Tony Robbins reveals the first thing you need to do when you wake up in the morning

Whether you wake up early or late, we all can agree that our morning routines are crucial. They shape our mindset and ability to be productive for …

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

GIF<p>Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from …

You'll Die in a Nuclear War, but These Elites Will Be Saved

A national security expert's new book reveals the handful of VIPs and artifacts America would protect in the event of a major catastrophe.<p>There are details in <i>Raven Rock: The Story of the US Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die</i> that read like they've been ripped from the …

Kim Jong-un

Cyber Security: The World's Best And Worst Presented With A Well-Designed Infographic

Countries with the best (blue) and worst (red) malware infection rates.[/caption]<p>It’s no secret that online security is a global problem. Businesses and government agencies are hacked, corporations, hospitals and individuals are held up with ransomware, credit card numbers and passwords are …

Cybersecurity

This ostrich robot doesn't need to think to run

This tiny ostrich bot, unlike rival robots, doesn't use computers and sensors to balance. It manages to keep running (at up to 10 mph) thanks to dynamic stability inherent in its design. Jerry Pratt, the senior research scientist at IHMC who leads the team developing the Planar Elliptical Runner …

Navy SEAL's book on the bin Laden killing shows the real reason photos of the body were never released

The book, "The Operator" by Robert O'Neill, recounts the former Navy chief's career spanning 400 missions, though his role with the elite SEAL team's raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has become his most consequential. The sixth anniversary of that raid is Tuesday.<p>According to …

Military

Why Venezuela’s struggling president just called for a new constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela — In 1999, the year Hugo Chávez took office, Venezuelan voters overwhelmingly backed his push to rewrite the constitution. Chávez was so pleased with the new version that he ordered millions of pocket-size editions to be handed out across the country. He liked to whip out a copy …

Venezuela

Free Mac Security Tool Stops Apps from Snooping on You

Mac users just got another strong weapon in the war to secure their computers, and it's free, too. Formerly known as Little Flocker, the tool now …

Russia’s New Drone-Based Electronic-Warfare System

Russia’s new drone-based electronic-warfare system, the Leer-3 RB-341V combines jammers and Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles to disable cellular …

The makers of Vespa designed a cute robot to carry your stuff

Grocery runs never looked so futuristic<p>Robots are coming! Especially robots that carry and deliver stuff, like the Starship delivery bot or these ridiculous motorized suitcases. A new bot is about to join those aspirational ranks, and it’s made by Piaggio — the same company that created the Vespa …