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10 Of The Most Mysterious And Unexplained Photos �

There are a lot of things in this world that can’t be explained even with the brightest mind. And these mysterious things are left in the wooden read …

The Execution of Louis XVI and the End of the French Monarchy

William Doyle discusses traditional and revisionist interpretations of the downfall of the Kings of France, arguing that notions of a 'desacralised …

Monarchy

2014 warmest year on record

NASA, NOAA, and Japan Meteorological Agency all report 2014 as Earth’s warmest year since modern-day record-keeping began in 1880.<p>It’s official. The …

New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

John Cruden served with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, taking his law school aptitude test in Saigon and eventually becoming a government lawyer.<p>Earlier this month, he started a new job running the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department. For Cruden, 68, the new role …

Slippery Truths: What The Data Says About The Keystone XL Pipeline

Separating fact from fiction<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Slippery Truths." It has been updated for the web.</i><p>After it was narrowly defeated last November, the bill for the Keystone XL oil pipeline just cleared the House of …

The 10 Best Cars At The Detroit Auto Show

From Acura's curvy NSX superhybrid to Infiniti's sophisticated Q60, these are our favorite vehicles from the 2015 North American International Auto Show<p>Detroit, as we call the North American International Auto Show, has always been a spectacle of automotive muscle and mischief. This year's biggest …

Detroit Auto Show

X-Ray Technique Helps Archaeologists Read Scrolls Preserved By Vesuvius Eruption

After being lost for centuries, a rare library of papyrus scrolls might get to be read<p>Sometimes, it takes a massive volcanic eruption to keep a library intact. When the ancient Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii met their fiery ends at the hands of Mount Vesuvius, the vast quantities of ash and …

Nature Communications

BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>The government is asking a New Orleans federal judge to impose a stiff financial …

Traces Of Oil Found In Montana Town's Water Supply After Spill

Officials in Montana say they have detected traces of oil in the water supply of the town of Glendive, days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River.<p>NPR's Kirk Siegler is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit. He says:<p>"The EPA and other …

Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of …

Obama cuts loose during State of the Union

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The bear is loose -- this time on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.<p>President Barack Obama focused on the economic gains that he hopes will become his presidential legacy during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, and he decided to have a little fun, …