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Now's Your Chance to Help Transcribe the Smithsonian's Hidden Treasures

Bumblebees and Arctic adventures abound in the Smithsonian's Transcription Center collection.<p>Rejoice, lovers of arcane documents and curated specimens, for today the Smithsonian Institution opened its Transcription Center to the public. Thousands of digitized images of the Institution's collection …

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rainforest

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area.<p>The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that …

Sea Levels Could Rise 8 Feet: See How That Will Drown Your City

“What’s alarming about these images and this report is the extent to which sea level rising will have a direct impact on buildings and areas where …

My 10 Favorite Pictures from 2016

2016 has come to a close. It is now time to ring in 2017 with all the hope and expectation a new year brings! Thank you for visiting Andy’s Travel …

The SpaceX Explosion: What You Need to Know

Early this morning, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a hot run, a test fire before a launch planned for this Saturday. And in response, …

How Many Wind Turbines Would We Need to Power The Planet?

Spoiler: a lot.<p>Wind energy is a deeply underrated resource. Though the US invested $14.5 billion in wind-power projects last year, wind farms still …

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was …

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Mosul: Iraqi forces on city's doorstep

<b>Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Iraqi forces remain on the doorstep of ISIS-held Mosul, encountering snipers, landmines and road-blocking boulders as they edged closer to the key city.<p>Troops came within hundreds of meters of Mosul on Monday evening and are now the closest they've been since launching an …

Mosul

Washington Halts Sale of Assault Rifles to the Philippines

A major sale of assault rifles to the Philippines has been stopped by Washington after a Senator reportedly expressed concern over human-rights …

Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries

Wind blows. Water falls. But for the first time, one is now powering the other. Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines allowing the towers act like massive batteries once the wind stops blowing. It’s the first major example of the two technologies being …

A Second Massive Ice Avalanche in Tibet

In a rare event, two glaciers just a few kilometers apart in the Aru Range have collapsed in spectacular fashion.<p>Image of the day for October 21, 2016<p>…

Beijing said Facebook and Google are welcome back to China as long as they “respect China’s laws”

Will Facebook and Google come back to China? The Chinese government says they can, as long as they “respect China’s laws.”<p>Yesterday at a press conference held in preparation for the upcoming World Internet Conference, a Bloomberg reporter asked Ren Xianliang, deputy director of the Cyberspace …

China in South Asia: India cannot match Beijing in its largesse, but it can create goodwill

With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s successful visit to Bangladesh, plans for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have effectively encircled …

Xi Jinping: Where Does the Power Come From?

The consensus on the history of the People’s Republic of China after its establishment in 1949 is that the last seven decades divides into two phases. The first until 1978, broadly covering the Maoist era, saw mass campaigns, Utopian visions guiding social development, and an ideology based on …

Syria’s Civil War Is Over—Russia Won

It’s time to accept the painful reality of Syria’s fratricide<p>It’s not every day an American presidential candidate flatly says his opponent will …

Elon Musk Is Betting Big On Solar Roofing

Too bad two brothers in Michigan have already been doing it for nine years.<p>Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to …

Afghanistan is the dirty little secret of the US presidential campaign

Fight against Taliban is now America’s longest war but has been all but ignored by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump<p>With all eyes focused on Mosul, Aleppo and Russia’s military buildup in the Middle East, the sharply deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has been all but ignored by Hillary …

The U.S. Army Is Putting Laser Weapons on Vehicles

It's finally happening!<p>The U.S. Army now has firm plans to put laser weaponry on its armored vehicles. The Army and defense contractor General Dynamics are mounting lasers on Stryker interim armored vehicles to shoot down incoming missiles, mortars, drones, and artillery.<p>During the Iraq War, the …

Shocking level of pollution in India and China: Astronaut Scott Kelly

<b>Washington:</b> Astronaut Scott Kelly, who has the distinction of having spent a year in the space, has said that the level of pollution in China and …

A handy guide to taking your kids camping for the first time | Adventure Sports Network

When taking kids camping for the first time, don’t focus the ultimate camping experience. Focus on going camping a second time. Photo: Courtesy of …

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year: Animal portraits

There is just over a week left to enter the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The winner will receive a 10-day trip for …

The US Is An Island Of Stability In A Destabilizing World

Yet more proof that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Despite Americans’ pessimism, world-famous strategic analyst George Friedman thinks that the US is in pretty good shape while “the entire Eurasian landmass is in a state of failure.”<p><b>Eurasia is crumbling into chaos</b><p>At the …

Iran announces suicide drones to attack U.S.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency announced the development of a suicide drone that could be used against US ships in the Persian Gulf, where tensions …