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Fidel Castro, 1926-2016: The 20th century bears his indelible stamp

Fidel Castro's first attempt at revolution in Cuba was an utter failure. Some of his followers got lost on the way to the Moncada barracks in the city of Santiago. One car blew a tire. Surprised by an army patrol, the rebels botched their assault. A few were killed on the spot; dozens were hunted …

Cuba

No time to chill on climate change; North Pole heats up to 36 degrees above normal

By Thanksgiving most people have started to get out their cold weather gear, especially for the traditional Turkey Bowl game that many families will …

The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

19 science fiction and fantasy books to pick up this October

It’s October, which means that it’s time to take a look at the next crop of books that are slated to hit your favorite local bookstore in the days ahead.<p>Here’s 19 books to pick up this month:<p>October 4th<p><i>Rise of Io</i><b>, Wesley Chu</b><p>Wesley Chu is returning to the world where he started his career: Tao. <i>Rise</i> …

Books

Tropical Storm Hermine batters Georgia, forecasters warn of ‘life-threatening floods’ along the East Coast

APALACHICOLA, Fla. — Hermine slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the state in more than a decade, bringing heavy rain, powerful winds and storm surges that forced some evacuations as the system began its crawl up the Atlantic …

Weather

Gateways to nature: 7 Canadian towns on the edge of spectacular wilderness

THERE’S PROBABLY A LOT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT CANADA. For instance, it has 20% of the world’s fresh water, the longest coastline on Earth, and the $100 …

Scientist Says The San Andreas Fault Is "Locked, Loaded, And Ready to Roll"

That can't be good.<p>California's San Andreas fault has been quiet for far too long and is overdue for a major earthquake, a leading geoscientist has …

Geology

Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change

<b>Havana (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on Sunday, definitively ending a half-century of estrangement in a dramatic personal demonstration of his core foreign policy principle of engaging America's enemies.<p>It's a shift that the change-minded president hopes will nudge the …

Cuba
Mississippi River

125-year mini ice age linked to the plague and fall of empires

Winter was coming. In AD 536, the first of three massive volcanic eruptions ushered in a mini ice age. It coincided with an epidemic of the plague, …

Did ancient Egypt suffer from climate change?

<b>(CNN) —</b> New details have emerged of a previously unknown queen of ancient Egypt -- and if the professor behind the find is correct, it could be bad news for the rest of us.<p>Reports surfaced in November of the tomb of Khentkaus III, a queen in the era of the Old Kingdom (2649--2150 BC). Discovered in …

Archaeology

What will Earth look like if all its land ice melts? Here's your answer.

Land ice: We got a lot of it.<p>Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6</i> …

Global Warming

Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete

Mass timber projects in Portland and New York City offer eco-friendly dwellings, but can ‘plywood on steroids’ actually catch on in the industry?<p>The concrete jungle has a rival: forests. Two urban building projects, in New York City and Portland, Oregon, will be changing their city’s skylines with …

Skyscrapers

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory of the mind gradually spread, as did his views on the processes of thought, consciousness, delusion, and the capacity of reason …

Future of fuel? Canadian company captures CO2 from air, turns into storable pellets

A Canadian company has big plans for the future of fuel, and it involves capturing carbon dioxide from the air. The start-up, backed by Bill Gates, …

Who was Mona Lisa? Burial breakthrough may solve identity mystery behind Da Vinci masterpiece

The remains are believed to belong to Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a silk merchant whose portrait was painted by Leonardo da Vinci<p>It has all the ingredients of a Dan Brown thriller – an ancient crypt, a collection of human bones, a passionate sleuth and Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous …

Ancient beaver-like mammal thrived after dinosaur extinction

The world had been wrecked. An asteroid impact in Mexico compounded by colossal volcanism in India 66 million years ago had killed about …

Paleontology

880-foot Megatsunami Slammed an Island off West Africa 73,000 Years Ago

Around 73,000 years ago, a massive landslide in West Africa’s Cape Verde islands triggered a giant tsunami. The wave formed off the coast of the …

Earth Science

JFK: declassified documents reveal a cunning and cagey president

Back channels to the Soviets, the ‘girlfriend system’ and doubts about LBJ: historian Timothy Naftali paints a portrait of a President Kennedy ‘far more interesting intellectually and far less appealing personally’<p>John F Kennedy’s secret talks with Soviet intelligence, surreptitious tape recordings …

Bernie Sanders

5 simple bedtime rituals that will make your mornings so much easier

With all the hype on what successful people do in the first few hours of their days, it's no wonder that we're associating mornings more and more …

Extreme weather: 15 award-winning photos from around the world

Weather

Top Comics to Buy This Week: September 23, 2015

Deadpool vs. Thanos, round two.<p>We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics released each week. We spotlight our favorite …

Graphic Novels

This incredible fact should get you psyched about solar power

In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in an year.<p>To put that in numbers, from the US Department of Energy:<p><b>Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the Earth</b>. That's 430 with 18 zeroes after it!<p>In …

Renewable Energy

Rutland earthquake: 'We will rebuild', say locals as they mock 2.8-magnitude tremor

Small earthquake that shakes homes near market town of Oakham ripe for ridicule as social media users share pictures of 'damage'<p>People living in Rutland have been shaken - but not quite stirred - by a 2.8-magnitude earthquake.<p>Residents near the epicentre, just north of the market town of Oakham, …

Blitz spirit: the Britons who refused to shelter

The stoicism of the British people in response to the Luftwaffe raids of 1940–41 is seen as heroic, but their defiance resulted in needless deaths, …

Aviation Pioneer Richard T. Whitcomb

[image-62]<p>Aviation pioneer Richard Whitcomb has died in Newport News at the age of 88. The NASA Langley Research Center engineer has been called the …

Aviation

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

How one US state went from two earthquakes a year to 585

Located in the middle of the country, far from any major fault lines, Oklahoma experienced 585 earthquakes of a magnitude of 3.0 or greater in 2014. That's more than three times as many as the 180 which hit California last year.<p>"It's completely unprecedented," said George Choy, a seismologist at …

Oil & Gas Industry