Peter Albertson

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America’s Best Long(ish) Hikes

Hiking one of the big daddy through-hikes—the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, or Appalachian Trail—sounds dreamy … if the boss gives you six months of paid vacation. And while weekend trips are great, it can be hard to relax, ditch the crowds, and get into trail mode if you only have one or two …

'Black figure' causes hysteria in Danao City | The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — Seeing an open-mouthed black figure brought 13 female students from Obaldo Iway Memorial National High School in Barangay …

Settlers of Catan

Passenger train derails near Egypt's Giza, scores injured

CAIRO (AP) — A passenger train derailed Friday on a railway track south of Cairo, wounding at least 55 people, Egyptian officials said.<p>The accident took place when three of the train's carriages derailed at a station close to Giza, Egypt's railway authority said. It added that lifting tools, cranes …

Passenger Rail

Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus

"We just don't know that much about Europa with certainty."<p>In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the …

Astronomy

Philippine mayor Antonio Halili shot dead at ceremony

<b>A controversial mayor in the Philippines has been shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony.</b><p>Antonio Halili was shot in the chest as he sang the national anthem outside the town hall of Tanauan, south of Manila.<p>Footage showed bystanders screaming and running away after the shooting.<p>Mr Halili, who …

Asia

Lopez Obrador scores landslide victory as Mexico votes for change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico's presidential election, as preliminary results showed that the leftist veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win.<p>President-elect Lopez Obrador is estimated to have received over …

Mexico City

The floating Aztec city

Meet the ancient Mexican metropolis. Situated on Lake Texcoco we find the incredible capital city of the Aztec empire; Tenochtitlan.<p>When Spanish conquistadors under the command of Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico in the 16th Century, they encountered the unique indigenous empire of the Aztecs.<p>The …

Mexico

An obscure biological trait seems to predict how long mammals—including humans—can live

Biology runs on all sorts of different clocks. While humans tend to stick around into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s, other mammals don’t live nearly as long. Lifespan doesn’t seem to be correlated with size or location on the evolutionary tree. Rhinos, 20 to 30 times our size, typically last into …

Biology

The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out

They communicated in multiple dimensions.<p>The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. …

Aiming at Trump strongholds, Mexico hits back with trade tariffs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico put tariffs on American products ranging from steel to pork and bourbon on Tuesday, retaliating against import duties on metals imposed by President Donald Trump and taking aim at Republican strongholds ahead of U.S. congressional elections in November.<p>Mexico's …

Globalization

This New Type of Rocket Eats Itself While Taking Off, And We Want It ASAP

There's a prototype!<p>When it comes to the new era of space exploration, one of the primary focuses has been on cutting costs.<p>By reducing the costs …

Hawaii evacuees leave homes as new lava threatens on Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered the last group of evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island early on Saturday, hours before lava from the Kilauea volcano cut off road access to the area, officials said.<p>A stream of lava as wide as …

Kilauea

Satellite photos show the before and after of Hawaii volcano's destruction

As lava continues to spew from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, the eruption is forever changing the landscape on the Big Island.<p>Kilauea first erupted nearly three weeks ago and since then more than 20 fissures have opened up and dozens of structures have been destroyed.<p>Satellite photos provided by …

NASA Just Released the First Photo From Its Planet-Hunting Satellite & It's Breathtaking

NASA's new TESS satellite, a space telescope designed to discover alien planets far outside of our solar system, is gearing up to begin its two-year …

This Map Shows How Long $1 Million in Retirement Savings Will Last In Every State

The differences are startling.<p>Location, location, location. It’s the battle hymn for buying real estate and – it turns out – a huge factor for …

Why a middle-class lifestyle can now cost you over $300,000 a year

Let me tell you a sad story: In order to comfortably raise a family in an expensive coastal city like San Francisco or New York, you've got to make …

Personal Finance

Scientists find evidence of prehistoric man-vs-giant sloth battle

Fossilized footprints in New Mexico tell a tale of pursuit, misdirection and evasion between ancient humans and the strong giant sloth. The rare find …

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support …

The US Navy appears to have fooled Russia and Syria with a warship ruse before the strike

When President Donald Trump threatened to send missiles at Syria — despite Russia's promises to counterattack— all eyes turned toward the US Navy's sole destroyer in the region. But that may have been a trick.<p>Pundits openly scoffed at Trump's announcement early last week of the US's intention to …

The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>2:50 a.m.<p>The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air …

Trump Strikes Syria Over Chemical Weapons

On Friday, the United States and its allies Britain and France unleashed a long-awaited strike on Syria, with goals that exceeded punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians in the besieged rebel enclave of Douma. In an address to the nation, Trump also sent a tough message to …

Trump: US, allied strikes aimed at Syria's chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted …

Russia appears to be readying for a naval battle with the US near Syria — but it could be a bluff

Russia's navy appears to have responded to President Donald Trump's warning that US missiles are headed to Syria after he accused the Syrian government of again conducting chemical warfare against its people.<p>The Russian military has said it is tracking the movements of the US Navy, Reuters reported …

Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, taunts Russia for vowing to block them

The United States and Russia escalated a war of words over Syria on Wednesday, with President Trump warning that U.S. airstrikes “will be coming” despite Russia’s pledge to shoot down American missiles aimed at its ally.<p>The exchange raised the possibility of open military conflict between the old …

National Security

Israel has misjudged Russia in Syria. The consequences could be grave | Peter Beaumont

Netanyahu built his career on promising to be a bulwark against Iran, but instead his failures are contributing to the escalation across the Middle East<p>Clever wheezes in the Middle East have the tendency to not look very smart for very long. A case in point, as has become sharply evident this week, …

Elon Musk just unveiled a giant tool SpaceX will use to build the biggest and most powerful spaceship in history

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, just showed off a huge development in his quest to build the largest and most powerful spaceship in history.<p>Musk posted a photo of a giant cylinder (below) to Instagram early Monday morning. It reveals a hollow metal spindle with spokes next to a Tesla Model 3 …

Assad Defies Another American President

The Syrian strongman saw the red line on sarin as a green light to do everything else.<p>Nearly one year ago exactly, American cruise missiles rained down on a Syrian airbase from which a deadly chemical attack had been launched against defenseless civilians. Now, one year later, mass murder and …

Middle East

Regional tensions soar in Syria as Trump threatens to strike and Iranians die in an attack

BEIRUT — The prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, coupled with a missile raid apparently carried out by Israel that killed Iranian military personnel, has underscored the risk that the conflict is on the brink of a dangerous escalation.<p>Syria and Russia …

Middle East

Warning to the West: Vladimir Putin test launches terrifying 4,000mph "invincible" Satan missile

Vladimir Putin today answered his Western critics by demonstrating a fearsome test firing of Russia’s new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile - …

Russia