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NASA's Next-Gen ISS Ship Is a Decades-Old Soviet Project

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser is a nearly 50-year-old Soviet space plane that never flew.<p>Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser will fly again, as was recently announced by NASA. But while, for Sierra Nevada, the contract is a culmination of a decade's worth of work (give or take a few years), for the Dream …

Travel Photography

Travel Photography

The amazing perks of being a NASA astronaut

That's not the only bonus, however, according to NASA astronaut Andrew J. Feustel.<p>"The other wonderful thing about this job is the opportunity to go and talk to people about what we do — especially kids," Feustel told Business Insider during a press event at NASA's Johnson Spaceflight Center in …

Space Exploration

Travel broadens the mind, but can it alter the brain?

Studies suggest that taking a gap year or studying abroad can positively influence your brain to make you more outgoing and open to new ideas<p>There are lots of opportunities for students to travel: be it to postpone your degree and travel the world after taking your A-levels; to take a placement …

World's oceans warming at increasingly faster rate, new study finds

Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels<p>The world’s oceans are warming at a quickening rate, with the past 20 years accounting for half of the increase in ocean heat content that has occurred since …

Veterans Are Fighting the War on Sleep

Can heavy, polypropylene-stuffed blankets help veterans with combat-related sleep disorders get some rest?<p>Andrew Petrulis is finally getting some rest.<p>For years, he didn't want to fall asleep. He was out of the war but sleep put him back in it. His dreams replayed scenes from 11 years of …

Medical Space Race: Inside The Two Moonshots To Cure Cancer

Key players agree that cancer cures are within reach. Two major, sometimes overlapping, efforts are underway—one public and one private.<p>In his final State of the Union address, President Obama announced a “moonshot” program to cure cancer. Obama named Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died …

Micro-gravity gardening: first flower blooms in space

Major Tim Peake has demonstrated his green fingers, coaxing a wilting zinnia flower into bloom on board the International Space Station<p>Britain is known as a nation of gardeners, so it seems appropriate that the first flower in space was coaxed into bloom by Major Tim Peake.<p>The UK’s first official …

Why ‘Mein Kampf’ Is a Must-Read Now

One of the welcome developments of the new year is the republication in Germany, for the first time since World War II, of—yes, gulp—<i>Mein Kampf</i>.<p>Adolf …

Mein Kampf

North Korea drops 1m propaganda leaflets into South Korea as tensions rise

Pyongyang responds to Seoul’s resumption of propaganda broadcasts at the border, following the North’s claim it tested a hydrogen bomb<p>North Korea has launched an estimated 1m propaganda leaflets by balloon into South Korea amid increased tension between the rivals following the North’s recent …

These are the weapons Islamic State fighters are using to terrify the Middle East

One of the reasons that ISIS has been able to keep up its offensive operations is that has lot and lots of military equipment, much of it captured from the Iraqi.<p>That's why ISIS has so much weaponry that originated in the US— the US gave loads of military hardware to the Iraqi army and ISIS took …

Jewish Extremists’ Attacks Rattle Christians in Holy Land

Assaults on churches by right-wing Jews, a new phenomenon, raise concern about movement’s increasingly aggressive tactics.<p>Father Matthias Karl hoped to begin rebuilding his shattered church complex on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after Christmas.<p>But following an arson attack six months ago that …

Israeli Government

Study finds mechanism that causes normal cells to become cancerous

Researchers studying brain tumors said they have discovered a new biological mechanism that causes normal cells to become cancer cells, a finding that both challenges current treatment strategies and could lead to new approaches against the disease.<p>In a study published online Wednesday in the …

Here's what the next big Middle Eastern crisis could look like

One of the region's most dangerous frontlines has remained quiet through it all.<p>Even with repeated Israeli strikes on their weapons supply routes and stockpiles inside of Syria, open warfare hasn't broken out between the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and Israel.<p>Even amid a regional meltdown, …

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p>More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered …

Panoramic Photography

Russia steps up hostility against Turkey with war room briefing

Russia,Turkey,Islamic State,Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,Syria,Vladimir Putin,Europe,Middle East and North Africa,World news<p>Foreign press and diplomats invited to hear Moscow denounce ‘Turkish elites’ for stealing 200,000 tonnes of oil a day and channelling funds to Isis<p>Although Turkey may have replaced …

10 International Cuisine Spots From Around the Globe

Ecuador's food is as delicious as the terrain is beautiful. Almuerzo (lunch) usually includes a soup, main dish with rice, meat, and (if you're lucky) some sort of vegetable. If you don't have the opportunity to stay, or at least dine, with a local family in Ecuador, there are a few restaurants, …

Flavors

Is darkness the key to feeling more rested at night?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term health problems like diabetes. The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned on our …

Hollande Calls for War, But There Are No Volunteers

Read on HuffPost Italy<p>So where do we all stand? François Hollande announced that France is at war and has called for an international coalition to fight against ISIS with the goal of "destroying terrorism." So do we finally have the response that we have been waiting for since the first few hours …

Middle East

The UK Is Shutting Down All Its Coal Power Stations

The British Government has announced that it plans to shut down all of its coal-powered fire stations by 2025, with restrictions put on their use as …

French, Russian raids in Syria kill 33 IS jihadists in 72 hours

Dozens of IS fighters were also wounded in the raids on weapons depots, barracks and checkpoints in the jihadists' de facto Syrian capital of Raqa, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.<p>France intensified strikes on Raqa following last week's …

The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

According to the Republican Right, Russia is the same bogeyman today that the Soviet Union was in the 1950s. In their view, the world in 2015 is pretty much the same as it was back then - Mr. Putin is Mr. Stalin, the U.S. is the sole super power, we live in a uni-polar world, the world is divided …

The Messaging App that's the 'Hot New Thing Among Jihadists'

Telegram is a free cloud-based messaging app that claims to be “faster and way more secure” than similar services like WhatsApp, and it has …

Putin’s Ambitions for the War Against ISIS

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin admitted what had been known to Western intelligence services (and, surely, Russian ones, too) for some time: a bomb, likely planted by terrorists with connections to <i>ISIS</i>, brought down a passenger plane flying from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to St. Petersburg, Russia, on …

Muslim Congressman On Syrian Refugees: 'We Should Treat People The Same'

"I’m telling you, these folks are letting fear make them forget the Constitution, and they shouldn’t do it."<p>Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) defended Syrian refugees Wednesday against lawmakers who say they shouldn't enter the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks.<p>When asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" …

Recognising structure of language not unique to humans

Understanding language may seem like a uniquely human trait -- but new research suggests otherwise.<p>A study published in Nature Communications has …

One Paris Aftermath -- A Nobel Peace Prize for Putin?

Could one of the indirect results of the horrific attacks in Paris be a Nobel Peace Prize for Russian President Vladimir Putin? The idea may not be as outrageous -- even obscene -- as it sounds. Here's why.<p>France's profoundly unpopular President Francois Hollande has ordered a drastic crackdown on …

New study maps Earth's hidden groundwater for the first time

A new study has, for the first time, estimated the total volume of groundwater present on the Earth. The results show that we're using up the water …

Research

Trudeau tells Canadians to reject racism as opposition to refugee plan grows

• Poll finds 54% of Canadians oppose plan to accept 25,000 Syrians by year-end<br>• Prime minister decries ‘vicious and senseless acts of intolerance’<p>The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, urged Canadians to resist hatred and racism as a poll showed most Canadians were opposed to his plan to bring in …

Is North Korea's party congress a hint of 'perestroika?'

Pyongyang will hold its first party congress in decades, but will the meeting open the reclusive state to the world or underscore the regime's …