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You Can Now Explore Buckingham Palace Through Virtual Reality

Fix yourself a proper cup of tea, grab some biscuits, get comfy on the couch, and head to London’s Buckingham Palace via Google. The Queen’s …

Virtual Reality

Is This the Most Romantic Restaurant in the World?

There are few experiences more memorable (or romantic) than eating a delicious meal while surrounded by a breathtaking view.<p>Which is why when we saw …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

Cocktail Challenge: Za'atar

Za'atar can refer to several varieties of wild herbs that grow in the Middle East, or to a popular, centuries-old Middle Eastern spice blend that was …

Flavors

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

What It's Like To Stay In The World's Best Hotel, Where Guests Are Treated Like Indian Royalty

Located in Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, the Oberoi Udaivilas is a romantic hotel that was built to resemble a traditional Indian palace—and it certainly embodies all the luxury of one.<p>With luxurious amenities like private pools and butler service, a romantic setting, and over-the-top …

Affordable Greece

Think Greece and conjure up images of white-washed villages cascading down hillsides, azure seas sparkling in bright sunshine and powder-soft white sand beaches. A visit to this special country is a lifelong dream for many, as it delivers an astounding array of breathtaking landscapes, ancient …

US slams China over spy plane 'provocation'

The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an "intercept" of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea.<p>The Obama administration condemned the latest incident, with Deputy National Security Adviser Ben …

How to Destroy Your Old Hard Drive

It's not enough to erase old hard drives when their useful lives are through. You must break them.<p>(Photot Credit: Diane Collins and Jordan Hollender/Getty Images)<p>My first desktop external desktop hard drive and I have had a good run together. But now it's six years old, it requires two adapters to …

Five reasons to visit Rotterdam

Rotterdam is your typical second city. While second cities might often be disregarded in favour of just checking out their popular counterparts (Amsterdam, we’re looking at you), to do so is a travel faux pas. Second cities are generally self-assured – existing for themselves and not just for …

Australia going to 'unthinkable' lengths to return Syria detainees, emails show

Guardian Australia Exclusive: • Emails reveal strategies used by immigration department to send back asylum seekers • Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru being returned to face certain harm, say human rights experts<p>The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

Nigeria's Brutal Islamist Sect Boko Haram Stages Fresh Mass Kidnap

Nigeria’s violent Islamist sect Boko Haram has abducted around 100 people from a remote fishing village, an official and eyewitnesses said Friday. The attack on Doron Baga was first reported by Reuters eyewitnesses and confirmed to NBC News by Khalifa Ahmed Zanna, senator of Nigeria's northeastern …

Africa

Ukraine 'destroys parts of convoy of Russian military vehicles’

David Cameron expresses 'grave concern’ after Ukraine claims to have attacked convoy of Russian military vehicles<p>There was growing concern over the Ukraine crisis on Friday night after Kiev claimed to have destroyed parts of a column of Russian military vehicles, with Nato accusing Moscow of …

Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses.<p>CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the …

Scientists Trace Seven Stardust Grains to Interstellar Space

Seven tiny grains of rock captured by NASA's comet-chasing Stardust probe in 2004 may be visitors from the vast reaches of interstellar space, researchers say.<p>These interstellar dust motes from Stardust are fluffier and more diverse than expected — a discovery that may shed new light on the origins …

Space

Arapaima Alert: Amazon's Biggest Fish Is Going Extinct

Measuring 10 feet (3 meters) long and weighing in at more than 400 pounds (180 kilograms), it's hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways, according to a new study.<p>A …

Fish

Iraq crisis: Maliki quits as PM to end deadlock

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1101000/1101078_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524679364_2b8e13763c5bf937310837902a111385<p><b>Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has resigned, in a move observers hope will end a political crisis in Baghdad.</b><p>Haider al-Abadi, a deputy speaker of …

Meanwhile, outside Gaza, civilians are also dying

The Gaza strip was not the only place where civilians were suffering and dying last week. There were (and are) several other lethal conflicts …

APOD: NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula (2014 Aug 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140802.html Explanation: These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula, NGC 7023 is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, though. Still, this deep telescopic view shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. Central filaments of the dusty clouds glow with a faint reddish photoluminesence as some dust grains effectively convert the star's invisible ultraviolet radiation to visible red light. Infrared observations indicate that this nebula may contain complex carbon molecules known as PAHs. The pretty blue petals of the Iris Nebula span about six light-years. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140802 #APOD

APOD: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy (2014 Jul 30) Image Credit & Copyright: Jacob Bers (Bersonic) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140730.html Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 was taken with a standard camera through a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including how it acquired its unusual double-peaked center. http://astroportfolio.wordpress.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140730 #APOD

APOD: The Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared (2014 Jul 28) Image Credit & Copyright: Optical: Aldo Mottino & Carlos Colazo, OAC, Córdoba; Infrared: Hubble Legacy Archive http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140728.html Explanation: One of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, is part of a large, dark, molecular cloud. Also known as Barnard 33, the unusual shape was first discovered on a photographic plate in the late 1800s. The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. Light takes about 1,500 years to reach us from the Horsehead Nebula. The above image is a digital combination of images taken in blue, green, red, and hydrogen-alpha light from the Argentina, and an image taken in infrared light by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. http://www.oac.uncor.edu/ http://hla.stsci.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140728 #APOD

Unlocking smartphones deemed legal once again

America, the land of the free, hasn’t quite lived up to its motto in terms of mobile liberty. Once a common and completely legal practice, unlocking a smartphone became illegal in 2013. Fast forward to today, over a year later, and we can set our smartphones free once again. All without fear of any …

Barack Obama

You've Been Slicing, Dicing, Pitting And Peeling Your Produce All Wrong. Until Now.

Cooking is fun. Eating is fun. Sometimes you want to get the cooking done so you can get to the eating. We can respect that.<p>The following tricks will have you prepping produce quicker than ever before, and they'll cut down clean-up time, too. No special tools are required. Never bought a cherry …

Obama: Iraq air strikes and aid drops will prevent 'act of genocide'

• President: ‘US will not be dragged into fighting another war’ • Britain and France commit to helping humanitarian effort<p>• Yazidi refugees on Mount Sinjar receive second airdrop • Nicky Woolf: ‘In Iraq, there is no peace for Yazidis’<p>President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated his determination …