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Europe's 8 greatest military leaders of all time

The common thread linking all those who reached the very top of that profession is a genius for tactics and an ability to adapt mid-way through a battle in order to secure victory.<p>From the ancient Greeks to the modern day, the tools of the game have changed dramatically but the aim remains the same …

World History

Why We Should Land on Mars' Moon Before We Land on Mars

Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.<p>NASA wants to land a human crew on Mars in the 2030s. But to succeed with such an ambitious, expensive, long-timescale project, the agency needs a roadmap that …

Marijuana's History: How One Plant Spread Through the World

From the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships, cannabis has been used across the world for ages, …

Cannabis

What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

Changing Planet<p><i>After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these</i> …

Humanity

Hue Knew? See the History of Color With This Infographic

The average human can perceive about one million different colors, but figuring out how to manufacture the many pigments that exist today wasn’t so …

Scientists think they know why Pluto's biggest moon has a giant red spot

Since NASA flew a spacecraft by Pluto in July, it has slowly released incredible images of the dwarf planet and its moons.<p>Some of those new images of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, have revealed a giant, dark-red blob on its north pole. It's so ominous-looking, scientists nicknamed the area "Mordor" …

Johns Hopkins University

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 …

Media Industry

These are the clearest photos of the cosmos ever taken by NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation for more than 25 years – but that doesn’t mean that the pictures it’s capable of taking have become …

Liberia's laboratory chimps left stranded on islands

American charity under fire after it stops paying for care of chimp colony, a decade after they were used in hepatitis research<p>Dozens of former laboratory chimpanzees living on six Liberian islands faces are in danger of being abandoned amid a funding dispute, according to animal rights …

America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics

Progressives and conservatives are in a rare unity welcoming Pope Francis to the US, but anti-Catholicism was rampant before John F Kennedy was president<p>Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut …

Religion

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

Photo Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty<p>Slide 1 of 15<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th …

How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

On the way to his son's baseball game on Long Island, sports writer J.R. Gamble tells me that his son, J.C., is quite a ball player.<p>"I have a lot of clips and highlights that I show people of him doing amazing things — jumping over catches, hitting balls right-handed, hitting balls left-handed," …

Serena Williams

Mysterious dead creature found near the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant

A woman in Sosnovy Bor, Russia found this mysterious, tiny, deteriorated creature on a river bank. She named it Kesha.<p>Local biologists reportedly …

Saint Petersburg

We Can Finally Definitively Determine What Color the Dinosaurs Were

The great paleontological debate is over.<p>In recent years, paleontologists have been able to reconstruct the color of dinosaur feathers by analyzing tiny pigment structures preserved in fossils. Needless to say, this is a huge leap for the field, allowing scientists to definitely identify the …

Paleontology

Setting aside half the Earth for 'rewilding': the ethical dimension

A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next …

Garum sauce: ancient Rome's 'ketchup' becomes a modern-day secret ingredient

Also known as colatura di alici, the centuries-old condiment of fermented and salted anchovies adds a sharp, savory flavor to simple pasta dishes<p>The best thing you never heard of is called <i>colatura di alici</i>, or garum, its ancient name.<p>Garum and other similar fish-based sauces were the ketchup of the …

Roman Empire

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Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Giant Mystery Ring of Galaxies Should Not Exist

Astronomers are constantly uncovering the "most distant," "most massive" or "most energetic" objects in our universe, but today, researchers have …

10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Dark Matter

And if you know all ten, you’ll understand just what it is… and isn’t.<p>Dark matter may be one of the most unsettling concepts that modern physics has …

History Shows Sex Depraved Tyrants Precede the Collapse of Empires

Written by: Jason Charles<p>Published on: July 28, 2015<p>10shares<br>• Share<br>• Plus<br>• LinkedIn<p><b>A Historic Snapshot</b><p>The Irony of the Sodomy Rights movement in America is …

Ancient History

Alexander the Great's father found -- maybe

A decades-old mystery about the body of Alexander the Great's father has been solved, anthropologists claim.<p>A new analysis of bones from a Macedonian tomb complex reveals a skeleton with a knee injury so severe that it would have caused a noticeable limp in life. This injury matches some historical …

Archaeology

Amazon racks up sales from 'Prime Day' deals despite complaints

Deals on shoehorns, Tupperware and "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray sets may not have been what some shoppers expected from Amazon.com's "Prime Day" sale Wednesday.<p>But analysts said big sales and widespread publicity for the event billed as Black Friday in July appeared to be a win for the online retail …

M4A1 Carbine Upgrades Could Make One Lucky Company Very Happy

The U.S. Army aims to build a new and improved M4A1 carbine. But who will do the building? Photo: Expert Infantry via Flickr.<p>In 2013, the gun world changed.<p>For more than a decade, standard-issue M4 and M4A1 carbines used by infantry in the U.S. Army had been manufactured by just one company-- Colt …

17 Facts About Time That Will Hurt Your Brain

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."<p><b>1.</b> Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount …

It's The Power Of Quantum Mechanics That Allows The Sun To Shine

The greatest source of concentrated energy in the Universe today is starlight, where the largest single objects in the Universe emit tremendous amounts of power through the smallest of processes: the nuclear fusion of subatomic particles. If you happen to be on a planet in orbit around such a star, …

Physics