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Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Spain is threatening to cut off its richest economic region

The all-too predictable reaction of Madrid's central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial …

Magic cakes: the miraculous recipes that make three cakes in one

WHAT IS A MAGIC CAKE?<p>Magic cakes are made simply of eggs, sugar, flour, butter and milk. So what’s magic about that, you might ask. There may be nothing unusual about the ingredients, but the magic in these cakes happens in the baking. The batter of the cake is very liquid, so it divides into three …

Dessert

We visited the underground drone racing event that could be the Formula 1 of the future

In FPV drone racing pilots strap on goggles, which stream video from a camera attached to the front of the drone. This give competitors a much more immersive experience as they race their flying machines around the track at high speeds.<p>Right now, FPV drone racing is a tiny, niche activity. A few …

Drones

The Army built a Wi-Fi "gun" that shoots drones from the sky

Looks like the U.S. armed forces have a few makers in their barracks who love playing with Raspberry Pis and soldering guns. The ​Army Cyber …

Turkish air force reports it shot down unidentified drone

<b>(CNN) —</b> Turkey's air force shot down an unidentified aircraft -- reportedly an unmanned drone -- that entered Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, the Turkish armed forces said Friday in a statement.<p>The aircraft was shot down after it did not respond to three warnings from the Turkish air …

Middle East

Obama's decision to delay withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, explained

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Once again, the United States is delaying the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan -- prolonging the United States' longest war.<p>President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. will keep its nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016. And in 2017, …

Afghanistan

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Goes To 3 Scientists Who Uncovered DNA Repair

The discoveries of Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar could help fight cancer<p>The wait is over for chemistry enthusiasts: today the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry prize was awarded to a trio of researchers, Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute, Paul Modrich of Duke University and …

Genetics

In 'Earth + Space,' NASA photo archives reveal the universe's vast beauty

They are glorious works of art — turbulent abstractions as well as enchanting portraits of faraway worlds that are the stuff of sci-fi movies. Except they aren't. These images are from "Earth + Space: Photographs From the Archives of<p>NASA," a Chronicle Books release due next week with text by …

Space

What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars?

Our best guess: flowing water, and the potential for alien life.<p><i>Update, 9/28/15:</i> NASA Discovers Liquid Water On Mars (!!!)<p><i>Original story below:</i><p>NASA …

Pluto has mysterious 'dragon scales' in new photos

Pluto has a scaly surface.<p>A newly released image of the dwarf planet from the New Horizons spacecraft shows part of its surface has a strange …

Amazon is offering $300 off one of the coolest drones we’ve ever seen

There are drones, and then there are <i>drones</i>.<p>If you’re in the market for a toy quadcopter, this killer deal is not for you. But if you’re on the …

‘Mind Blown’: Is Human Ancestor Discovery the Long-Sought Missing Link?

The stunning announcement Thursday that scientists had discovered a "hybrid" early human species immediately set off discussion of whether it's the elusive "missing link" between modern humans and their earliest apelike ancestors.<p>Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, the National …

Humanity

Would Elon Musk’s Plan to Nuke Mars Actually Work?

Tesla