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The 22 Most Beautiful Places In The World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

Amalfi Coast

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

The 20 best ski resorts in America

Now that winter is undoubtedly underway, we're rounding up the best places to celebrate the season.<p>Travel website Wanderbat.com compiled a list of the 20 best ski resorts in America. To determine the ranking, Wanderbat used their smart rating of the top ski resorts based on magazine awards, …

Skiing

Black Holes Get Even Weirder with New Stephen Hawking Theory

Black holes may be even weirder than scientists had thought, according to a new paper by famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.<p>The paper, which …

Physics

Mexico’s only oil winners backed by Riverstone, BlackRock

A space rock worth $5.4 trillion is flying by Earth this weekend — here's how to watch

Underneath the surface of some asteroids is a treasure trove of a type of mineral, called platinum, that is rare on Earth but extremely lucrative — 1,000 cubic centimeters of platinum is worth close to $1 million. And asteroids have a lot more than that in addition to other rare and precious …

Astronomy

Feast Your Eyes On The All-Electric Tesla Model M Motorcycle

Tesla Model M Motorcycle<p>Posted in Rides<p>Tesla’s four-wheeled offerings have been a huge hit among automotive enthusiasts, so we can only imagine just …

World's Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Completed

The “Greenest of All Buildings” was recently completed in Mumbai, India and we couldn’t be more appalled. The Antilia house which unveiled its first …

Nazi telegram that sent Hitler into a rage sells for over £35,600 at auction

A telegram from Hitler's second-in-command in the final days of the Second World War asking the Führer to hand over the reins of power sold for more than twice its expected price<p>An infamous Nazi telegram sent to Adolf Hitler that threw him into a rage after Hermann Göring, his second-in-command, …

The really worrying financial crisis is happening in China, not Greece

China looks like it is heading for its version of the 1929 stock market crash<p>While all Western eyes remain firmly focused on Greece, a potentially much more significant financial crisis is developing on the other side of world. In some quarters, it’s already being called China’s 1929 – the year of …

Stock Markets

This Is What World War III Will Look Like

W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty …

World History

A man who used to be the 'Kremlin's banker' is changing the story behind Putin's rise

Members reportedly included then president Boris Yeltsin's daughter, her husband, oligarch Boris Berezovsky, and a man who later become known as the "Kremlin's banker" — Sergei Pugachev.<p>And by the end of Yeltsin's second term, as his health started to deteriorate, the group went out in search of a …

Russia

House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.<p>Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration's …

Fossil Fuels

Plan B for Iran

If the nuclear negotiations go bad, the U.S. has a backup: Obama can drop the MOP, the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb.<p>President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran may yet fail. On Tuesday, exactly one week before a June 30 deadline for an agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader delivered his …

Military

The fabulous life of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed

On Monday, the disgruntled billionaire and Forbes Media announced that the defamation suit has been settled on "mutually agreeable terms," Reuters reported.<p>The magazine currently has Alwaleed pegged as the 34th richest person in the world, with $22.6 billion in wealth. (Bloomberg lists Alaweed as …

Red Sea

Pope Francis wants to stop global warming, so why is he bashing one of the most popular solutions?

An encyclical authored by Pope Francis was leaked to the media this week, confirming reports that the leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics will say that climate change is caused by humans and that science must guide the world’s response.<p>But, in keeping with Catholic economic doctrines, …

Climate

Only 2 major cartels have survived Mexico’s 8-year-long drug war

Throughout the drug war, which began in December of 2006 when the recently elected Mexican president Felipe Calderon deployed federal troops to Michoacan to fight the state's once-powerful drug cartel, Mexico has pursued a "kingpin strategy" of targeting the gangs' high-level leadership. This …

Mexico

Pakistan tribal court convicts 10-year-old boy for 'affair' with married woman

The boy was ordered to pay a fine of £4,400 for the alleged affair with the woman, who is in her late 30s<p>A tribal court in southern Pakistan has convicted a 10-year-old boy of having an affair with a married woman in her late 30s and ordered him to pay a fine of Rs700,000 (£4,400), police said on …

What Will a Market Correction Look Like?

“When the market turns, and it will turn, we will find out who has been swimming without trunks on: many high burn rate co’s will VAPORIZE.” – Marc Andreessen<p>We’re in the midst of a second California Gold Rush but this one’s in private equity. Investors are behaving like the 49ers of old, throwing …

Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

Humanity is rapidly depleting a third of the world's largest groundwater aquifers, with the top three most stressed groundwater basins in the …

The 'Age of Oil' endures as 'Peak Oil' retreats

Oil's dramatic price changes seem baffling. In mid-2014, crude prices averaged around $100 a barrel; now, they're gyrating between $50 and $60. Over the same period, U.S. gasoline prices have dipped from more than $3.50 a gallon to around $2.50. With the world economy slowly recovering, why have …

Oil

Fed tantrum sets off biggest exodus from emerging markets since 2008

A gathering boom in the US brings forward the long-feared moment of Fed tightening, setting off dollar fears and a rush for the exits from emerging markets<p>Investors are withdrawing money from emerging markets at the fastest rate since the global financial crisis, raising the risk of a ‘sudden stop’ …

Economy

Pluto and Its Moons Are Weirder Than We Thought

Increasingly it looks like Pluto is its own, fascinating thing.<p>In a teleconference today, astronomy professor Douglas Hamilton cracked that the "dwarf" in Pluto's title of "dwarf planet" should be seen as an honorific. After all, we have eight planets already; increasingly it looks like Pluto is …

Solar System

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place<p>The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin …

Middle East

Sea Change

One of the challenges in communicating the urgency of climate change is that our yardsticks aren’t grabby enough. Atmospheric carbon dioxide …

American Inflation Soon To Be Every Central Banker's Worst Nightmare

In the closed door offices of central bankers from Brazil to Moscow, there is a growing concern that the currency wars of QE I, II and III will eventually take a turn for the worst. And there is not much they can do about it.<p>While it might not be a surprising turn, the problem is no one really …

Economics

Here's another sign that Russia's military policies are getting more provocative

Russia's Airborne Troops alone are scheduled to conduct more than 1,000 exercises in the summer months. This represents a 20% increase in operations over summer 2014.<p>Russian paratroopers will also be deployed to the Arctic for exercises over the summer, according to the deputy head commander of the …

Military

Can bladeless wind turbines mute opposition?

A new bladeless wind turbine that promises to be more efficient, less visually intrusive, and safer for birdlife than conventional turbines has been welcomed by two of the UK wind energy industry’s most vocal critics.<p>The RSPB and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which have both …

Renewable Energy

An LED Storm Cloud Is Turning Sound into Electricity

Lightning strikes in the same place more than once in SOFTlab's latest interactive light sculpture.<p>A hollow, anamorphic cloud of light and sound channels the unpredictablility and power of lightning in New York design studio SOFTlab's <i>Cumulus</i> installation. Currently suspended above the showroom of …

Arduino

BYRON WIEN: The Fed basically put $3 trillion into the stock market

Among the things that have driven the expansion, a key factor has been the role of the Federal Reserve.<p>In market commentary Wednesday, Blackstone's Byron Wien pegs a number on this: $3 trillion.<p>Even though we've seen company earnings more than double between 2009 and 2014, there has been concern …

Markets