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Hitler's secret Nazi war machines of World War II

Earlier this month, the world reflected on the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe — when Hitler's Nazi army finally surrendered on what is now known as "Victor in Europe Day."<p>Hitler's engineers secretly developed some of the most ambitious projects and rapidly produced …

Military

Why a train trip through the Canadian Rockies is one of the world's great journeys

Following tracks into wild places that cars can’t reach, Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury train that takes guests through the Canadian Rockies, provides some truly remarkable experiences. From cosmopolitan Vancouver to the UNESCO Heritage Sites of Jasper and Banff and renowned Lake Louise, four train …

Italy to give away more than 100 castles, inns and monasteries for free

It sounds like an offer too good to refuse – Italy is to give away, for free, more than 100 historic monasteries, castles, stone towers, inns and railway stations.<p>Many of the properties are situated along historic pilgrimage routes which the government wants to promote, just as Spain attracts …

Italy

A salary guide for your 20s, 30s, and 40s

As it turns out, your money arc is shorter than you think. According to an analysis from PayScale.com, women's pay peaks at age 39, and, according to their median data, at about $60,000.<p>After that, there may be small bumps in salary, but they rarely outpace inflation — so in real terms, you'll make …

Retirement

In this new Gilded Age, robber barons are no longer the villains

When inequality peaked in the past, the people resented the super-rich. Today they vote for them<p>The world has no grander seaside houses than those of Newport, Rhode Island, where the money made in America’s Gilded Age was spent on all kinds of unnecessary architecture.<p>Its weird variety – classical …

How Four Powerful Rulers Decided the Fate of a Continent

<b>FOUR PRINCES</b> <b><br>Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe</b><br>By John Julius Norwich<br>288 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press. $27.<p>The decade of the 1490s was a hinge in European history. In almost the same breath that Europe crossed the Atlantic and …

My NASA Friend Found a Box of Film from Apollo 15 in His Desk Drawer

I recently had the amazing opportunity to work with some very interesting historical media. A retired NASA engineer friend contacted me having found …

SpaceX Will Fly Two to the Moon Next Year

SpaceX will transport passengers to the Moon via autonomous Crew Dragon spacecraft…<p>Nobody from Earth has been to the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission …

The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope

Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could be explained by science. Then, much like the pioneering psychedelic researchers who came before …

Indigenous Peoples

Hyper-Colorful Illustrations Showcase Teenage Alienation

Norwegian artist Kine Andersen illustrates a retrospective of angst and oblivion.<p>Similar to Roy Lichtenstein's exploitation of the comic book, Kine Andersen's bold illustrations accomplish their presentation of sorrow and success through candy-colored Pop art stylings. Fountains of tears, desperate …

Art

Why You Should Wake Up at 5 A.M. Every Day

Even if you're not an early riser, changing your routine could improve your productivity.<p>I used to wake up before dawn. My roommate and I would stumble down the streets of NYC at 5 in the morning and talk about anything and everything our brains could handle. (As for why we decided to wake up at …

Arianna Huffington

Tip: How to Activate the Pecs for Better Benching

Do this before you bench press to activate the pecs, get better results, and prevent injuries.<p>This preparation drill for the bench press is a …

16 Secret Facebook Marketing Features You Can Try Today

Shh, I’ll let you in on a secret: You don’t need to be a Facebook marketing whiz to up your Facebook game. There are a lot of ‘secret’ Facebook …

The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men

At one end of the scale, men continue to dominate.<p>In 2016, 95.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were male and so were 348 of the Forbes 400. Of the 260 people on the Forbes list described as “self-made,” 250 were men. Wealth — and the ability to generate more wealth — must still be considered a …

5 of the worst atrocities carried out by British Empire, after 'historical amnesia' claims

The British people suffer "historical amnesia" over the atrocities committed by their former empire, an Indian MP and author has claimed.<p>Former UN …

Rocket Lab’s experimental rocket arrives at New Zealand launchpad for debut flight

The Electron is almost ready to start test launches<p>After three years of developing a brand-new rocket, aerospace startup Rocket Lab has finally transported a finished vehicle to the New Zealand launchpad where it will take its first flight. The rocket, called the Electron, has been tested on the …

SpaceX

Nasa preparing mission to send lander to Europa, offering humanity's best ever chance of meeting aliens

Nasa might soon launch our best ever chance of meeting aliens.<p>The space agency is putting together plans to send a lander to Europa, one of Jupiter’s …

SpaceX to Hit Fastest Launch Pace with New Florida Site

Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, plans to launch its Falcon 9 rockets every two to three weeks, its fastest rate since starting launches in 2010, once a new launch pad is put into service in Florida next week, the company's president told Reuters on Monday.<p>The ambitious plan …

Space Travel

Neil Gaiman picks up Thor’s hammer in Norse Mythology

Marvel has brought a certain strain of Norse mythology to the mainstream through Thor, Loki, and Odin’s family drama. And in a way, the franchise …

Giant Arecibo telescope faces closure

After 53 years, many discoveries and starring roles in movies, funds for the Puerto Rico observatory are under threat<p>It has helped guard our planet from the threat of wayward asteroids, studied some of the most remote bodies in the cosmos and been used to make countless invaluable astronomical …

In 20th century, astronomers opened their minds to gazillions of galaxies

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — Before astronomers could discover the expansion of the universe, they had to expand their minds.When the 20th century began, astronomers …

Astrophysics

First Genetic Results From Scott Kelly's Year In Space Reveal DNA Mysteries

After recent events, we’re all ready to hop aboard the next flight to Mars. But before us Earthlings embark on a seven-month journey to the Red …

Why did we stop walking on the moon?

Astronaut Gene Cernan has died at the age of 82. One of only three men to go to the moon twice, his 1972 moonwalk as commander of Apollo 17 turned …

Hypothetical Planet Nine May Be A Rogue World Captured By The Sun, Researchers Say

The fabled Planet Nine — or Planet X, if you will — may be a former “rouge planet” that our sun captured long back. This is a theory put forward by …

Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life

Years ago, during a brief visit to the Dutch university where I once worked, I gave a colloquium about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Perhaps surprising to some, Holland ranks high in the quality of its scientific research. This small country produces more than beer and …

Telescopes

Self-Talk Determines Your Success: 15 Tips

Success

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

You're not young and free forever.<p>Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having …

Scientists Have Figured Out Where The Rarest Diamonds on The Planet Form

Isolated pockets of liquid metal.<p>Not all diamonds are created equal - the most sought-after gems are both extraordinarily clear and large, and for …

Innovation

The Chirp Heard ‘Round the Universe

At 4AM on September 14, 2015, a gravitational wave was detected for the first time in human history. Its source was two black holes, 1.3 billion …

LIGO