Kirstyn Vavoulis

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Obama's Oval Office address: president resists pressure for 'ground war' on Isis

US president backs existing collaborative strategy to battle Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in rare national address from Oval Office<p>Barack Obama called for cool heads in the fight against terrorism on Sunday in a live address that resisted pressure for more military intervention but nonetheless …

National Security

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

Green escapes: spectacular parks near great cities

Burned out by the relentless pace of your city break? These on-the-doorstep parks are perfect when you need to escape from the urban jungle.<p>From sea cliffs south of London to a beach on the fringes of Hong Kong and a fanciful chateau on the edge of Paris, it’s worth taking time out of your hectic …

The Great Glen: coast to coast along Scotland’s rift valley

Scotland’s epic Great Glen is the gift of a dramatic tectonic collision that raised the Scottish Highlands and opened a giant crack across the entire width of the country. Surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains and filled with four immense lochs, the glen is rich in Highland heritage and …

6 Excellent Film Rangefinders For The Beginning Photographer

Getting into analog photography can be an exciting proposition; maybe you find the medium more delightful, or you just want to learn more about the …

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Remembering the Vietnam War's Combat Dogs | National Geographic