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2200-Year-Old Mosaic that Says “Be Cheerful, Live Your Life” Found in Turkey

Photograph via The History Blog A rare ‘skeleton mosaic’ dating back to the 3rd century BC was discovered in the southern province of Hatay, Turkey …

Dining Rooms

Tonight’s meteor shower is going to be amazing thanks to one special element — here's how to watch

Right now, Earth is twirling through the tail of Halley's Comet, arguably the most famous comet in our solar system.<p>And as tiny grain-of-rice-size bits of debris smack into our atmosphere and burn up, they sizzle through the sky in a month-long annual spectacle known as the Eta Aquarids.<p>They run …

Astronomy

On board the aircraft carrier fighting IS

<b>Over the past four months USS Harry S Truman has been sailing somewhere in the Gulf launching wave after wave of attacks on so-called Islamic State (IS).</b><p>There are more than 60 jets on board - three times as many as the RAF are flying from Cyprus. Already they have set a record for the number of …

Military

A Basic Meditation to Strengthen Neural Connections

We are all born with a specific set of physical parameters, but if we eat right, take care of ourselves, and work out, we can build muscle, …

Mindfulness

Italy to spend a billion euros on restoring museums and monuments in biggest cultural heritage investment for decades

Italy will spend one billion euros to restore an unparalleled but often neglected collection of monuments, museums and ancient sites, in the biggest such investment for decades, the government announced on Monday.<p>The money will be spent on restoring and maintaining the ancient Roman ruins of …

Obama Nixed CIA Plan That Could Have Stopped ISIS: Officials

The CIA in 2012 proposed a detailed covert action plan designed to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, but President Obama declined to approve it, current and former U.S. officials tell NBC News.<p>It’s long been known that then-CIA Director David Petraeus recommended a program to …

Adrift is as close as most of us will get to a spacewalk — nausea and all

Comparing virtual astronauts to the real ones<p>I'm floating in the ruins of a destroyed space station positioned somewhere in lower Earth orbit, with large chunks of debris passing me by. If my situation wasn't dire enough, my spacesuit is malfunctioning, and I'm quickly running out of the oxygen …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova Was Hidden... Until Now!

The brightest, most spectacular explosions in the Universe — supernovae — occur under two very special circumstances. One is when an ultra-massive star some 20, 50 or even 100 or more times the mass of our Sun, runs out of nuclear fuel in its core and reaches the end of its life. The inner core …

DIY Tips for Preventing 5 Household Bugs from Infesting Your Home

You leave your elbows off the dinner table and understand the importance of a nice, firm handshake. Congrats! You’re a generally well-mannered …

Bedbugs

The best fiction of 2015

There were rich pickings from a host of top names including Kate Atkinson, Jonathan Franzen and Margaret Atwood. Plus we said goodbye to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and revisted Harper Lee’s Scout Finch<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural …