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Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

War

Scientists are working on new technology that could beam unlimited energy to Earth from space

Luckily for the Earth, the world's supply of fossil fuels is limited. And for the past several decades, researchers have been looking for renewable energy resources to provide power to everyone without poisoning the Earth with atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels like oil and …

Scientists declare that octopuses are basically aliens

Octopuses are aliens — or, at least, so vastly different in their genetic makeup that they might as well be considered out of this world. Scientists …

Google Creative Lab releases three new quirky apps to the Play Store

Google Creative Lab, the development team behind the Photowall for Chromecast application, has just released three new experimental apps to the Google Play Store for free. None of these apps are extremely functional, though they still provide a fun look at what’s possible with some of Google’s …

Apps

Hiroshima: Grief, horror of atomic bomb remembered 70 years on

<b>Hiroshima, Japan (CNN) —</b> In the center of Hiroshima, yards from where the world's first atomic attack bomb exploded 70 years ago, stands a dome-shaped bell tower of modest proportions. It is decorated with the bronze statues of three children.<p>Their slender arms reach out, spreading wide towards the …

Hiroshima

The hidden costs of starting your own business

Whatever your reasons for becoming your own boss, just remember the old saying that it takes money to make money, and that's never been truer than when you're starting your own business. It sounds romantic to think of yourself going from rags to riches, but most businesses need to start off with a …

The American empire is over: Afghanistan, China and our new bystander status

After a decade plus of war, the U.S. can only watch as China brokers Afghan peace. Here’s where we went so wrong<p>Dilip Hiro<p>April 2, 2015 6:30pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its …

Afghanistan

GOP’s “screw the poor” budget: Republicans plan some serious pain for low-income Americans

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>The new GOP budget seeks to slash Medicaid spending and coverage, and in return will provide nothing<p>Simon Maloy<p>March 18, 2015 10:13am (UTC)<p>The House Republicans came out with their big FY2016 budget proposal yesterday, and, as my colleague Jim Newell points …

Babies react to new pledges for vaccines: in GIFs

In a massive feat of endurance, ONE members have been campaigning relentlessly for increased support for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for the last …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won’t tell you

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, looks back at US President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, at the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>Ukraine, Iran’s nukes, the price of oil: There are ties worthy …

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Amazon isn’t a real business

Amazon.com is not a real business — at least according to Steve Ballmer.<p>The former Microsoft CEO shared his thoughts about the Seattle online retail …

Putin: Ukraine is a Battlefield for the New World Order

This week in Moscow President Vladimir Putin made a major foreign policy statement, while speaking to a worldwide gathering of Russian ambassadors …

Russia

Putin Considers Throwing Russia Into ISIS Fight: Report

The next weapon in the fight against Islamic extremists in the Middle East might be Vladimir Putin. The Russian president discussed with his Security Council on Monday potentially contributing to fighting ISIS, according to Russian news agencies. The council "exchanged opinions on possible forms of …

Middle East

China pollution levels hit 20 times safe limit

Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.<p>Visibility dropped dramatically as measures of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5, which can embed themselves deep in …

US report finds China human rights worse under President Xi

US questions country has tightened restrictions on civil society, rights advocates, journalists and religious organisations<p>A US report released on Thursday says China's human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing.<p>The …

US, Russia vow intel-sharing on Islamic State

PARIS (AP) — The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters, including intelligence …

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera | Colossal

<p>Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make …

Striking Hourglass Installation Uses Solar Energy to Produce Electricity for 860 Homes

Buenos Aires, Argentina-based designer Santiago Muros Corts recently unveiled the <i>Solar Hourglass</i>, a proposal for an enormous, hourglass-shaped structure that will use solar energy to produce enough electricity for up to 860 homes. Constructed from primarily recycled steel and aluminum, the …

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

Hollywood, friends, and family have perpetuated these 35 science myths for years. But it's time to set the record straight.<p>Is there fire in space?<p>Does tequila really come with a hallucinogenic worm?<p>Can you overdose on Vitamin C?<p>The answers to these questions will surprise you.<p>For this list, we used …

19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Harvard

Narrowing down the 6,700-person student body to just a handful of go-getters was a challenge John Harvard himself wouldn't have struggled with any less. We spoke with campus leaders, sought the counsel of student journalists, and combed the internet to find the 19 Harvard College undergrads who …

App Store Update: August 21

Flappy Bird's official follow-up, Swing Copters, has just gone live. Will it soar to the heights of its predecessor, or crash and burn?<p>Every day …