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16 of the world's most enormous statues

Taking up to 20 years to build and millions of dollars to create, these 16 enormous creations do just that. They'll stand for centuries as icons of history and culture for visitors to enjoy. From the world's largest reclining Buddha to a 105 foot tall sculpture of Mao Zedong, keep scrolling for a …

Opinion: Puerto Rico's Crisis? Let's Look At Our U.S. History

There's a new kid on the block - Cuba has become the darling of US economic and political interests. In contrast, Puerto Rico continues to be the unwanted child that is more of a nuisance and for whom there is no love lost.<p>Ironically, the histories of Puerto Rico and Cuba were intertwined since …

The austerity crisis America ignores: Puerto Rico is having its Greek moment—but nobody seems to care

Puerto Rico faces default, and its creditors are demanding crippling austerity. Obama must step in<p>As we head into the seventh inning stretch of the Obama presidency, the White House has been preserving what little juice it has left for heavy international lifts like diplomatic resets with Cuba and …

Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern …

4 Reasons Independence Is the Right Path for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency. Its public debt, which Governor Garcia Padilla recently declared unpayable, is $73 billion and counting. Unemployment is hovering at a dismal 14 percent and 46 percent of the island's inhabitants are living below the poverty line, a rate higher than that of …

The invisible network that keeps the world running

Inside the humungous, algorithmically controlled matrix that supplies most of what you own<p>It's been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated with the small, too impressed by our tablet …

We need to help individual victims of domestic abuse, whatever their gender

We must stop looking at domestic abuse as something that only happens to women, says Ian McNicholl, who knows first-hand how male victims are not taken seriously<p>I am going under the knife next month.<p>After years of awaiting reconstructive surgery, and being rejected numerous times by the NHS …

Exploiting Puerto Rico's Fuzzy Sovereignty

8<p>SHARES<p>Is there a geography of human rights? As a graduate student, I was preoccupied with this question. In pursuit of an answer, I learned that …

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Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought

And that in turn could help us get to Mars, says NASA-commissioned study<p>Only 12 people have walked on the moon, and we haven't been back since 1972. But a new NASA-commission study has found that we can now afford to set up a permanent base on the moon, by mining for lunar resources and partnering …

The New $100 Million Search For Life in the Cosmos

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Can you hear me?<p>More than a half-century after the first modern search for communicating extraterrestrial life, humanity’s quest to find intelligent beings in the cosmos is getting a much-needed boost. Today, Silicon Valley billionaire Yuri Milner announced a …

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New Awe-Inspiring Sand Castles by Calvin Seibert

When summer is in full swing and it's perfect beach weather, artist Calvin Seibert allows his true talents to shine as an incredible sand sculptor. We've shared many of Seibert's creations over the years, and he's never disappointed us. The gifted artist continues to impress us with his expert …

You Will Never Eat Ice Cream the Same Way Again

A brownie bowl is exactly what your summer needed.<p>If your favorite thing about summer is ice cream, then get prepare yourself. Dreyer's Ice Cream has come up with a few ideas so genius, we can't believe we've lived this long without them: Rather than just serving ice cream in a bowl (boring!), tyou …

10 of the Craziest Foods from This Year’s State Fairs

In our day-to-day eating habits, we typically like to be as healthy as possible — You know, with the exception of the occasional cupcake (or three). But when the state fair rolls into town, all that goes straight out the window. Basically, if it’s not fried, we’re not eating it. While the usual …

Solar-powered iPhones would be a sunny proposition for Apple

Whether you’re talking about an iPhone or a MacBook, extending battery life is one of the biggest challenges faced by both engineers and users.<p>According to a new patent application published today, one of the ways Apple is looking to solve this problem is by incorporating solar cells into its …

The Week in Review: NASA’s New Horizons’ Pluto Discoveries

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft returned first-time images of Pluto this week, revealing “huge mountains” on the surface that scientists have deduced are made of ice—a sign of water on the dwarf planet—and a high-resolution photo of Charon, its largest moon. The photos proved Pluto has no impact …

More Evidence Life Could Have Come From Beyond

A new study reveals bacteria can survive atmospheric entry<p><i>Lithopanspermia.</i><p>The word is a mouthful but it represents one of the most intriguing theories about the origin of life on Earth. Quite literally, it means life began from an extraterrestrial source and came here by hitching a ride on a rock, …