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Amateur Astronomer Finds NASA Satellite Long Given Up For Dead

NASA's IMAGE spacecraft spent five years studying the Earth's magnetosphere, but when its signal blinked off in 2005, the space agency called it a mission and moved on.<p>Twelve years later, enter amateur astronomer Scott Tilley.<p>Tilley was scanning the S-band frequency range looking for something …

Astronomy

Dead Sea Scrolls: One of Last Two Encrypted Ancient Writings Deciphered in Israel, Revealing Secret Calendar

After decades of work, one of the final two encrypted Dead Sea Scrolls that had resisted efforts to decipher its meaning has at last been decoded, …

When the Parthenon had dazzling colours

Ancient statues weren't white marble, but “a riot of colour and glitzy decoration." It shows that we've imagined the ancient world all wrong, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, …

Ancient History

Meet the Murderous Viking Princess Who Brought the Faith to Eastern Europe

The Drevlian people of medieval Ukraine were happy and optimistic. They had just murdered Prince Igor of Kiev, regent of one of their enemies, the …

Republicans attack Donald Trump’s DACA repeal decision

The president is under fire for making a decision he may not have fully understood, according to a new report<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would be ending DACA, the program that allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children …

Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants

Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers under detailed proposals set out in a Home Office document leaked to the Guardian.<p>The 82-page paper, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, sets …

United Kingdom

How to Play With Breasts

Breasts can be pleasurable to play with, for both the giver and the recipient alike. Some women can even have orgasms from breast play alone. Others …

How North Korea's Nuclear Tests Could Get Even More Terrifying

At 2:17 p.m. on May 6, 1962, a nuclear-tipped missile shot out of the waters of the Pacific Ocean and quickly disappeared into the sky. Roughly 12 minutes later and over 1,000 miles to the southwest, it detonated in a blinding flash — creating a mushroom cloud over an empty stretch of water.<p>The …

North Korea

Saudi says Iranian talk of rapprochement is laughable | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was laughable.<p>Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks at a briefing with reporters at the Saudi Embassy in London, Britain September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay<p>Saudi Foreign …

South Asia

Trump's Impending Immigration Sell-Out

By leading with DACA, Trump puts immigration control on the path to failure.<p>President Trump is setting in motion Tuesday the worst defeat for the immigration-control cause since President George H.W. Bush signed into law the 1990 Immigration Act, doubling U.S. immigration quotas. But while the …

2 men found guilty in brutal slaying of Aboriginal woman

SYDNEY (AP) — More than six years after an Aboriginal woman bled to death from a violent sexual assault on a remote beach, a jury convicted two men …

Crime

Why the Republican Party Will Come to Regret Rolling Back DACA

The United States has thrived as a nation capable of absorbing immigrants—and the GOP turns away from that advantage at its own peril.<p>I’ve followed the politics and reality of immigration for a long time. In the mid-1980s, I traveled around the country for several months on a big reporting project …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

Trump is exposing the big lie at the core of Trumpism

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>It could not be more fitting that only 24 hours after scrapping protections for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, President Trump is set to deliver a big speech extolling the need to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations. The juxtaposition captures …

Immigration

Hurricane Irma Made Worse by Climate Change, Scientists Say

Climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to form in the open Atlantic Ocean, but did make it much stronger, scientists in …

Climate Change

People may have lived in Brazil more than 20,000 years ago

People hunted giant sloths in the center of South America around 23,120 years ago, researchers say — a find that adds to evidence that humans reached …

15 photos of the MiG-31, the Russian fighter jet that can chase away SR-71 Blackbirds

The CEO of Russia's Mikoyan aircraft company recently made some wild claims about the MiG-41 — the successor to the MiG-31 — saying it would fly in space, reach speeds of 2,800 mph, carry lasers, and more.<p>Despite these predictions, the MiG-41, if it's made, would not be ready for deployment until …

Pennsylvania man arrested after asking Sen. Pat Toomey a question about deportations

The question was startling, but had a point. And the ACLU says Simon Radecki wasn’t “disturbing” the event<p>A Pennsylvania man who asked a terrible question at a town hall event held by Sen. Pat Toomey found that the worst response isn't derision — it's arrest.<p>Simon Radecki, 28, was arrested last …

What's the Difference Between a Hydrogen Bomb and a Typical Atomic Bomb?

On Sunday, North Korea detonated what they claimed to be a hydrogen bomb and the weapon test has prompted serious concern from the U.S. and allies. …

Mossad to release secret files about Nazi 'Angel of Death' Mengele

Much of Mengele's life remains a mystery. After the fall of Hitler, Mengele reportedly fled to Buenos Aires where he is believed to have lived for a …

Israel

Relive the Mind-Blowing Photos From the Voyager Missions

The universe is very good at making us feel both extremely insignificant and lucky enough to be part of something huge. No missions have made this …

Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — Breaking ranks with many of their fellow Republicans, a group of prominent politicians filed briefs on Tuesday urging the Supreme Court to rule that extreme political gerrymandering — the drawing of voting districts to give lopsided advantages to the party in power — violates the …

Government

When Will Voyager Stop Calling Home?

The twin spacecraft still send data back to the planet they left 40 years ago.<p>Forty years after they left Earth, the Voyager twin spacecraft are still chugging along, logging 35,000 miles an hour as they zoom farther and farther into the cosmos.<p>“I’ve had people ask me, you mean the mission is still …

A Lost Underwater City Has Been Found 1,700 Years After a Tsunami Sank It

They even found a stash of... fish sauce.<p>Archaeologists have come across a vast network of underwater ruins making up the ancient Roman city once …

Before a deadly hurricane hits, Donald Trump would like to talk about himself

Before tweets bragging about the size of a Hurricane targeting Florida, Trump flat-out lied about American taxes<p>President Trump was practically giddy on Twitter Wednesday over the massive hurricane barreling towards the country's fourth most populous state, calling Hurricane Irma the "largest ever …

Who Was Saigo Takamori, the Last Samurai?

The stuff of legends and Hollywood movies, Japan's samurai are known for tradition and swordsmanship. But their last defender came to symbolize a conflict over modernization.<p>A leader of Japan’s 19th-century drive to modernize, and at the same time a defender of its ancient samurai values, Saigo …

History

How Americanisms are killing the English language

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless …

Language

Obama had a 'pen and phone' strategy; Trump has an eraser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama had a "pen and phone" strategy. President Donald Trump has an eraser.<p>Since his first days in office, Trump …

Obama Administration