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Hitler had micropenis, historians claim

The news under the jodhpurs keeps getting worse for Adolf Hitler.<p>Just two months after a medical report confirmed that Hitler actually did have only one testicle, confirming a 1939 ditty, a new book reveals that the leader of the Third Reich suffered from a condition that left him with a micropenis.<p>…


Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …


States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness review – walking in a waking dream

Wellcome Collection, London From gothic nightmares and early neural imaging to the operating theatre, an inspired exhibition explores the mysterious territory at the borders of wakefulness<p>What does thought look like? In the early days of photography a French army officer called Louis Darget …


Hubris takes them all down: This is why every president makes the same dumb mistakes

We fight on both sides of wars. We think we can identify good terrorists and moderate rebels. We are always wrong<p><b>ISIS: Iraq War 3.0</b><p>The national security sector of the Deep State achieved a zenith of incoherence in June 2014, during the advance toward Baghdad of the insurgent group ISIS. Having …

Political Science

11 incredible spy gadgets from CIA history

CIA operatives may not use jetpacks or laser-powered watches, but they do have a few tricks up their sleeves.<p>At the CIA Museum in Washington, DC, you can get a glimpse of the gadgets used in past spy missions.<p>The agency has declassified 600 out of some 20,000 objects used by CIA operatives …


The story of the most important Cold War spy most people have never heard of

One of the most significant US intelligence operations in modern history took place in the heart of Soviet Moscow, during one of the most dangerous stretches of the Cold War.<p>From 1979 to 1985, a span that includes President Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech, the 1983 US-Soviet war scare, the …

National Security

A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you'd expect to find on the starship Enterprise.<p>Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen …


Earth's orbiting observatories and their literally awesome images

While the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, cruises into interstellar space (the farthest man-made object from Earth) and missions like New Horizons capture snaps from the outskirts of the solar system, we've been keeping the heavy hitters close to home. Massive space telescopes that scan the …

19 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Life

You are actually really tiny.

Stealthy jet ensures other war-fighting aircraft survive

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AP) — Screaming through the air along southern Virginia's coast, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor routinely puts on a dazzling show of loops, dives and combat maneuvers designed to bedevil and defeat opponents before they ever know it's there.<p>But in its first months of …


Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …


Pluto pictures: new high-resolution image delights and intrigues scientists

‘I think the solar system saved the best till last’ says lead investigator as Nasa states only 1-2% of data from mission to dwarf planet has been downloaded so far<p>Pluto has giant plains threaded with trenches and studded with hills, Nasa revealed on Friday, as researchers of the New Horizons …

Solar System

The F-35: Is the world's most expensive weapons program worth it?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three years behind schedule and some $200 billion over its original budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is finally set to become operational this month.<p>The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years, weathered half a dozen years of testing and experienced myriad …

Solar System

All of Germany just signed up to this micropayment app that people think is the future of news on the web

Not just some of them — <i>all</i> of them. Eighteen dailies and 15 weeklies. The app now has an almost complete lock on national news in Germany.<p>That's big news, not just for the two-year-old startup, but also for the wider digital publishing ecosystem. The success of a micropayments models depends on …

Payment Systems

World War Two veterans: 'The people who say they weren’t frightened are liars’

They were teenagers when they signed up (or ran away) to join the second world war. On the anniversary of D-day, veterans look back on the most extraordinary days of their lives<p><b>Donn French, 87</b><p>I was 15, but I said I was 18 because I wanted to join the service. I walked out the door and there was an …