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Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.<p>The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread …

Middle East

Fatigue Is All in Your Head

Samuele Marcora, the 47-year-old director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at England’s University of Kent, doesn’t consider himself an endurance athlete. But he’s fast becoming one of the most talked-about researchers in the field. Marcora, who is originally from Italy, …

Arctic Sea Ice Melts to Its Second Smallest Area on Record

Arctic sea ice cover reached the second-lowest point on record this month, tying a level last reached in 2007, according to a report from scientists …

Scientists Solve Mercury Pollution Mystery

The Mercury Deposition Network has been measuring mercury in rainwater across the U.S. since 1996. And for the past twenty years of data collection, these measurements have presented a mystery: Why is there so much mercury in the Southeastern U.S.?<p>Gulf-bordering states like Florida and Lousiana …

Pollution

Mars Had Lakes of Water Way More Recently than We Thought

We knew Mars had water, but until now, we figured it all dried up long ago. It turns out, the red planet may have been wet a lot more recently than …

Tahoe

Here's what the weather is like on Jupiter, where violent storms are routine

When it comes to weather patterns, Jupiter is also an exercise in extremes. The planet experiences storms that can grow to thousands of kilometers in diameter in the space of a few hours. The planet also experiences windstorms, lightning, and auroras in some areas. In fact, the weather on Jupiter …

Astronomy

Scientists Explain Pluto's Red-Headed Moon

Pluto may be sharing its atmosphere with its largest moon, Charon, creating the visually striking red spot at the satellite's north pole.<p>New research …

A riddle for our time

One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest …

The 'Earth Next Door' May Have a Breathable Atmosphere - And We Could Find Out in 2 Years

Eep.<p>The funny thing about the discovery of Proxima b - the closest planet to our Solar System, which is also rocky, Earth-sized, and potentially …

3tags.org

At Pentagon, Muslim Service Members Answer the Call To Prayer

The makeshift mosque is imbued with reminders of the evils done in the name of a radical, hijacked form of Islam, and of the Muslims who reject …

3tags.org

This Is How NASA Will Grab Rocks From Mars

NASA's next Mars rover will cache samples of Mars rock for a later sample return mission -- but how will that work?<p>When the Mars 2020 rover makes its …

Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossil, oldest yet

Scientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth's skies were orange and its oceans green.<p>In a newly melted part of Greenland, Australian scientists found the leftover structure from a community of microbes that lived on an …

Violence breaks out near Syrian capital killing dozens

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops began a ground offensive under the cover of airstrikes on rebel-held areas outside the capital Damascus on Friday after a 10-day truce collapsed over disagreement regarding evacuation of opposition fighters. The new wave of violence left at least 36 people dead, …

One killed, 30 wounded by explosions in southern Thailand

One person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai beach town of Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a series of blasts hit the south.<p>The first blast in a car park behind the Southern Hotel caused no casualties, Police …