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Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – August 15th, 2015

If you’re an Android fan and just so happen to love giant smartphones, we have some good news for you. This week brought us two new flagships from Samsung – the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ – and so far we’ve been really enjoying our time with both devices. With improved build quality, some …

Phones

NASA is asking the public to design smartwatch apps for its astronauts

NASA is looking to capitalize on the growing smartwatch trend, and it needs your help to do so. The space agency is hosting a contest with Freelancer.com, challenging participants to design the best smartwatch app that could be used by astronauts on the International Space Station. The best app …

Apps

You can now restore files, contacts and calendars from iCloud

One big feature iCloud has always been lacking is the ability to restore files, contacts or calendars in iCloud if they were lost.<p>A small feature quietly added to the service overnight, spotted by 9to5Mac, now allows you to easily restore items that were deleted or lost.<p>The option is hidden under …

Hot Air Balloons

The Secret, Deadly Life of Seashells

Think seashells are just pretty ocean ornaments? Think again. Shells, and the mollusks that live in them, can be deadly.<p>Their geometry captivated Sir …

Zoology
Books

Flipped Over Tortoise Focuses on What's Important: Eating

(Video Link)<p>A tortoise was in that most awful of positions for his kind: flipped over on his back. This is a crisis because he can't move and is …

Eating

Yosemite deaths illustrate a tragic but not uncommon risk in nature

What caused a tree limb to shear off and crush two sleeping campers in<p>Yosemite on Friday has yet to be determined, but the children's deaths underscore the National Park Service's delicate and difficult mission: to manage a wild place.<p>The park's foresters don't know if the black oak tree in the …

Rhino mutilated by poachers treated with elephant skin in South Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> A rhino whose face was mutilated by poachers in South Africa is getting an unusual cover for her wounds: elephant skin.<p>Poachers recently shot the 12-year-old rhino, called Hope, at a wildlife park in KwaZulu-Natal province<p>After the bullet took her down, the poachers hacked Hope's face to …

Extinction

Queen claimed ‘someone must have greased the brakes’ on hearing of Princess Diana’s car crash

The Queen exclaimed ‘Someone must have greased the brakes’ in reaction to hearing about Princess Diana's car crash, according to Ingrid Seward’s new book, ‘An Intimate Portrait of the Queen in Her Own Words’<p>The Queen’s initial reaction to news of Princess Diana’s car crash was that ‘someone must …

An Outbreak of Mistrust in China

On Wednesday night, twin explosions convulsed the northeastern Chinese metropolis of Tianjin, taking more than a hundred lives, injuring some seven hundred people, and leaving still more missing. The most unsettling detail that emerged about the origin of the blasts was perhaps not so much what had …

China

Syria crisis: What's behind the fresh diplomatic push?

<b>The last few weeks have seen intense diplomacy between Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia, in what seems to be a concerted effort to break the logjam over the Syrian conflict.</b><p>The multi-faceted civil war has lasted over four years, killed more than a quarter of a million people and …

Middle East

'Devastating' looting hits Native American archaeological sites

State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at historically and culturally significant sites in San Diego County's backcountry.<p>At least five times in the past two years, looters have targeted American Indian …

Fears for missing firefighters as China toll climbs

Scores of Chinese firefighters are still missing following the massive explosions that hit an industrial area in Tianjin, officials have said.<p>At an official press conference on Sunday, authorities announced that the death toll had risen to 112, but added that 95 people had been confirmed missing - …

Fire Fighting

Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano

<b>Ecuador President Rafael Correa has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital, Quito.</b><p>The declaration gives authorities more flexibility in using government funds to address the situation.<p>Officials evacuated several hundred people from nearby …

Natural Disasters
New Mexico

Yosemite National Park closes campground over plague concern

Cast, Director Talk New 'Star Wars' at D23