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NASA moves forward with mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Soon we may know if this space rock can support life<p>In the search for life elsewhere in our solar system, NASA just passed a significant milestone. The agency’s Europa mission, a plan to send a data collecting probe to Jupiter’s icy moon, has finally moved from concept phase to development phase. …

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Iran Reveals Small Armed Robot Car

Robotic death on four chunky wheels<p>Iran’s new Nazir robot car has a deadly secret. Inside the unmanned ground vehicle, there’s a mechanical arm and what appears to be the cylindrical casings for two missiles. A camera turret mounted on a pivot at the front of the vehicle provides a way for remote …

Iraqi soldiers retake key oil refinery from ISIS militants

Iraqi soldiers surrounded and took control of the country's biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.<p>The refinery at Beiji, north of Baghdad, has been held by the Iraqi military for months despite the militants' onslaught. …

Threat from Russia REAL as USA moves missiles to Warsaw

The commander of the US army in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges, says that Nato must remain united “as insurance” against Russia<p><b>As Reported by</b> …

Scientists in Poland working on liquid body armor, report says

Scientists in Poland are working on body armor technology that uses specially-designed liquid to protect against bullets, according to Reuters.<p>Unlike Newtonian liquids such as water, the Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF) hardens on impact from a projectile, the report says, offering protection from …

Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the …

Why a Russian Decided to Fight for Ukraine

MARIUPOL, Ukraine—Even while speaking through a translator, Andrey is a man of few words.<p>When asked why he defected from Russia to join a Ukrainian …

George R.R. Martin's New HBO Show to Chronicle Sci-fi's Golden Age

Get ready for Captain Cosmos.<p>Earlier this week, author George R.R. Martin told fans that he'd be forgoing his annual tradition of writing one <i>Game of Thrones</i> episode per season in order to finish a more pressing matter: the series' source material. That, and ensure that there's a life after <i>Game of</i> …

Russian military forces shift from fighting alongside Ukraine rebels to training them

On a recent spring morning, an important visitor watched Russian-backed rebels conduct infantry maneuvers on the sunlit training grounds outside this town in eastern Ukraine.<p>"The general is very pleased," rebel battalion commander Ostap Cherny told his troops, referring to the figure in camouflage …

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Engineering

Iraq's Rambo is the scourge of Islamic State militants

The men push forward, smartphones flying back and forth as they enlist whoever is closest to take their photo with the swarthy figure at the front of the crowd.<p>When it's the next man's turn, he approaches with reverence, planting a kiss on the cheek or forehead of the muscle-bound man with the …

Israel calls off manhunt for man in 'prank kidnapping'

An hours-long search for an Israeli presumed missing in the West Bank concludes after he was found safe and well<p>Israel called off a search for one of its citizens feared snatched by Palestinian militants after he was found alive in a West Bank settlement.<p>The case was initially being treated as a …

Why astronauts get slapped in the face with a cross before going to space

Because religion. And geopolitics<p>Astronauts leave nothing to chance, and alongside the checks and double-checks carried out before a rocket launches, there's a clutch of rituals that have taken root in the world of space travel. Perhaps the oddest of these (at least visually) is the official …

Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants …

Middle East

US military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy

CAIRO (AP) — The release of U.S. military aid to Egypt withheld following the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 has boosted …

National Security

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

7 things you (probably) didn’t know about America’s entry and involvement in the First World War

American troops arrived on the western front in 1918 full of enthusiasm, and in the spirit of great adventure. Yet most of them were novices who, …

What’s The Difference Between Sunnis and Shiites? Origins Of Middle East Conflicts Found In Sectarian Rivalries, Exacerbated By Geopolitics

Amid escalating conflict in Yemen and battles in Iraq and Syria, many wonder how the Middle East became seeded with such conflict. One argument …

Meet the 'pocket army' funded by sacked Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky

Although he was a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko's new government in Kiev, neither had the financial nor military clout to achieve that aim. So Kolomoisky decided to build his own private army of volunteers, equipped with heavy weaponry. He paid for all of this from out of his own …

Russia

Argentina wouldn't dare to invade the Falklands again, says Colonel Tim Collins

We should ignore the bluster and sabre-rattling, argues the Iraq war hero<p>What struck me about the Falkland Islanders on the several occasions when I served there during my army career was their warmth and their disarming generosity.<p>That is not to say relations are always completely rosy between the …

Syrian rebels capture Idlib city in joint offensive

Syrian rebels, including al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, have captured the northwestern city of Idlib for the first time from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists and the rebels have said.<p>The "Fattah Army" coalition - including the al-Nusra Front, Jund al-Aqsa, Jaish al-Sunna, Liwa …

Whistleblower reveals multiple secret space programs concerned about new alien visitors

Written by Dr Michael Salla on March 27, 2015. Posted in exopolitics research, Space Programs<p>A new whistleblower has appeared who is creating quite a …

Russia is joining a Chinese-led development bank

"I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao Forum, quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency.<p>The Beijing-backed AIIB, unveiled in …

Russia

US, UN push Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.<p>The U.N. on Friday convenes an unprecedented meeting of …

Russia's New Military Transport Plane Set to Make Its Maiden Flight in 2017

The aircraft's mass production is expected to be launched in 2019.<p>© Photo : Aleksey Komarov<p>New Russian Plane Will Be Able to Deploy Army Globally in …

Russia Has Constructed Massive Underground Shelters In Anticipation Of Nuclear War

Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately <b>400 square miles</b> …

War

Russian economy revives despite sanctions - media

Global investors appear to be optimistic about the future of Russian corporations, as the country’s economic performance provides evidence to …