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11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

After Rome Fell, Europe's Barbarians Had To Figure Out How To Be Kings

Political structures and institutions—the bedrock of the systems that underpin our world and society—aren’t a given. They can and do evolve and …

Watch How This Cyclist Responds to Being Shot While Riding

When New Orleanian Christopher Weiss felt a sudden pain in his back, he assumed it was the result of a paintball gun—but a bullet wound showed otherwise<p>Christopher Weiss was cycling through New Orleans with his usual group ride this past Saturday morning when he heard what sounded like the “pop!” …

There's an insane sale on Xbox games right now — these are the best deals

The Xbox One has a major advantage over the PlayStation 4 in one crucial way: It's able to play a vast library of games from the Xbox 360. Not just any old games, either — games like "Mass Effect" and "Red Dead Redemption."<p>Right now, for a full week, Microsoft is offering a massive selection of …

6 Cheap Tricks for Home Security

<b>1. Moultrie Trace Perimeter and Premise Surveillance Cameras</b><br>Moultrie has been making game cameras for many years, and brought the company's …

China Has Forced Blizzard To Reveal Exact 'Overwatch' And 'Hearthstone' Drop Rates

Thanks to a new Chinese law which forces companies to reveal the probabilities of loot box/card pack drops in games, we now have official insight into what drop rates are for Blizzard’s exceptionally profitable games like <i>Overwatch</i> and <i>Hearthstone</i>.<p><i>Overwatch</i> is probably the more interesting case, …

Gaming Industry

Forget 'Call of Duty' — the best game of 2017 is an insane 100-player battle royale

In 2000, a bizarre and controversial film called "Battle Royale" was released. In the film, dozens of Japanese high-school students are placed on an island, given weapons, and forced to kill one another until one person remains.<p>That person is crowned the winner.<p>Its plot sounds similar to "The …

From Ancient Greece, Lessons On The Risk Of A Modern, Accidental War

To consider the dangers in America's future, let's go back more than 2,000 years to ancient Greece. Sparta was the established power, but Athens was rising fast. Sparta wanted to preserve its status, while Athens felt it should be dominant.<p>The result was a disastrous conflict that ravaged both …

Geopolitics

Now It's the Army That Wants a New Rifle

The U.S. Army wants a rifle that fires a heavier, longer range bullet.<p>On the heels of the Marine Corps' desire for a new rifle for its infantrymen, the U.S. Army now says it is contemplating a dramatic switch in rifles. The service is considering going back to battle rifles—heavier rifles that can …

How I Came Up With a Million-Dollar Ecommerce Idea in 20 Minutes

If people are lining up for a product, figure out how to make the line shorter and they'll buy from you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Several years ago I started a hip-hop jewelry ecommerce store. My most popular products were “grillz.” For the unfamiliar, those are …

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., …

Donald Trump

Why Making Money Online Is Not Dead: 3 Proven Ways to Profit

Making money from a website or blog seems like an overdone endeavor, but it is a very doable task for almost everyone.<p>While each business has a …

The Marines Are in the Market For Brand New Rifles

The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle could be going to all "grunts."<p>The Marine Corps is contemplating taking away carbines from infantrymen and replacing them with a highly accurate German-designed rifle originally meant to give squads accurate suppressive fire. Rather than a specialized weapon, the …

15 sentences your interviewer doesn't want to hear

It's not hard to flub an interview.<p>The nerves that come with sitting across from a hiring manager and opening yourself up for judgment sometimes cause you say the wrong thing at the wrong time.<p>That's understandable. But what phrases <i>really</i> tick off interviewers?<p>Business Insider spoke with several …

As the US entered World War I, American soldiers depended on foreign weapons technology

On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war against Germany and entered World War I. Since August 1914, the war between the Central and Entente …

New RPG Outward Exclusive: A Bit of Borderlands And Fallout With Some Local Co-Op

The RPG genre has seen some absolute gems release over the past few years. Games like <i>The Witcher 3</i>, <i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i> and others have set the …

This Controversial 21-Year-Old Is Turning YouTube’s Homebrew Gun Scene Upside Down While Evading Censors

“This isn’t your granddaddy’s pipe gun.”<p><b>This is part of a series around A Smarter Gun, Motherboard's new documentary.</b><p>Somewhere in a backyard in middle America, a young man in a Hawaiian shirt straps a weapon to his chest. Large, unwieldy, necessitating earplugs and protective glasses, the weapon is …

Let's build a simple endless runner game in Unity

When developing a game or app, it is always important to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the platform you’re targeting. This way, you can ask what kinds of software work best in that context and thereby create something that will provide the best possible experience for your users.<p>This is …

Game Development

Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways

MOSCOW – Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances — far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin's policies have been murdered that Thursday's daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation …

Russia

Aimpoint lands Army contract for 30,000 CompM4s sights

Aimpoint’s current CompM4s sight type classified by the Army as the M68 Close Combat Optic (Photo: Aimpoint)<p>Virginia-based Aimpoint announced …

Americans spent an estimated $17 billion on ammunition while Obama was president

The eight years during which Barack Obama served as president were a boom time for the gun industry. Obama’s consistent and futile efforts to introduce new regulations restricting gun sales were whipped into rhetoric about imminent crackdowns on gun ownership — rhetoric that predated Obama’s …

Guns

10 Credit Card Charges That Are Terrible Ideas

Why you should think twice before paying your taxes or mortgage with a credit card.<p>Even though building credit and racking up credit card rewards can …

A Navy SEAL explains why you should end a shower with cold water

Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, author of " 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation," explains why it can be healthy for you to end a shower with cold water.<p><i>Following is a transcript of the video.</i><p><b>Clint Emerson:</b> Cold …

Military

The 25 most powerful militaries in the world

An all-out fight may be the only real way to compare military strength, but fortunately, the world hasn't had many opportunities lately.<p>Despite an increasingly tense situation in the South China Sea, continued fighting in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, warfare between …

Gear Review: Organize your ammo stash with MTM’s ammo crates

MTM Ammo Crates stacked. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)<p>If you’ve ever tried stacking the myriad sizes and styles of both metal and polymer ammo cans on the …

Ammunition

I Built an AR-15 in My Kitchen (Without Telling the Government)

I built a semi-automatic rifle in my kitchen. I’ll bet that’s one sentence you’d never thought you’d hear. Neither did I, until the day I decided to …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 55 – Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S Grant (1885)

According to Mark Twain, these are “the best [memoirs] of any general’s since Caesar”, but we have to take that verdict with a pinch of salt: Twain was also Grant’s publisher. As a one-time Confederate soldier, Twain liked to joke that it was General Grant’s prowess on behalf of the Union cause …

Literature

Idea Drop helps organisations generate and capture new ideas

In spite of my aversion to the word “ideation,” I can’t argue against software designed to help an organisation solicit ideas from its people. The best ideas can — and often do — come from anyone, regardless of job title or hierarchy. Enter Idea Drop, a London-headquartered startup that offers what …

Brainstorming

5 Proven Strategies for Coping With Stage Fright

Don't let the sound of your heart pounding in your ears drown out your message.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your breath speeds up, your pulse races. Your throat tightens as your palms sweat. You feel sick to your stomach, and when you speak, your hands and knees …

Here are the 4 geopolitical hotspots of 2017

This makes maps a vital part of our work, here at <i>This Week in Geopolitics</i>. So we have decided to showcase some of the best maps our graphics team (TJ Lensing and Jay Dowd) made in 2016.<p>These four maps help explain the foundations of what will be the most important geopolitical developments of 2017.