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2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images

From super moons to Saturn’s rings to distant galaxies.<p>One of the best ways to experience wonder in 2017 was to look up. In August, Eclipse Madness …

Pope Francis calls for change to English translation of the Lord's Prayer

The pontiff has expressed his dislike of the line "lead us not into temptation." He told Italian TV that "it is Satan," not God, who leads people …

Christianity

These bone treats could kill your dog, FDA warns

Bone treats can be deadly for your dog. That's the dire warning recently issued by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.<p>The government agency says it's received 68 reports of dogs that have been harmed by the treats — leaving around 15 of them dead. The dogs suffered blockage in their …

Pets

Trump’s “America First“ Infrastructure Plan: Let Saudi Arabia and Blackstone Take Care of It

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump blasted his rival for taking money from Saudi Arabia, which, he regularly charged, has a horrific …

Donald Trump

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with …

Surveillance

Get Smarter in 2017. Here Are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free) | Inc.com

What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And plasticity is …

Learning

Six 'Wild' Colorado Hot Springs To Soak Up... If You're Willing To Hike

Despite all the snow in Colorado lately, there are places where it's always balmy. But you've got to find a way to get to them first -- and some are …

Hiking

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

The best and oddest science-inspired music

Science inspires music more often than you might think. Philip Ball compiled a playlist of the good, the bad and the far-out.<p>In February 1930, a young astronomer called Clyde Tombaugh confirmed what some researchers had suspected for some time: the solar system was home to a ninth planet, orbiting …

Two Friends Hiked For 10 Months And Captured This Breathtaking Footage Of Yosemite

Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill are adventurers.<p>Over the course of 10 months, the friends backpacked 200 miles through Yosemite National Park, capturing a combined 45 days of unbelievably beautiful footage.<p>Their video is called Project Yosemite.<p>It will give viewers the experience of seeing …

National Parks

Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions

By <b>Daniel Burke</b>, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor<p><b>(CNN)</b> - Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions.<p>The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is …

D.C. Will Decriminalize Pot Possession as Long as Congress Doesn't Interfere

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Tuesday night, Washington, D.C.'s city council approved a bill to decriminalize possession of …

Obama: No 'Cold War chessboard'

President Barack Obama doesn’t see disagreements with Russia over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as a revival of competition on “some Cold War chessboard,” he said Wednesday, but will keep pushing Russian President Vladimir Putin to side with the will of the people in both nations.<p>“I don’t think …

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North Korea Sends Kenneth Bae Back to Labor Camp

An American citizen who has been held in North Korea for 15 months has been returned to a labor camp, the State Department said Friday.<p>Kenneth Bae, who led tour groups in the secretive East Asian nation, was arrested in late 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for unspecified hostiles acts. …

North Korea

Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa mosque

Clashes have erupted between Israeli forces and worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem after noon prayers.<p>Israeli forces raided the mosque compound and fired stun grenades on Friday, while dozens of worshipers threw stones and chanted: "We sacrifice our blood and …

Photographer: Central African Republic "Falling Apart" in "Horrific Violence"

Marcus Bleasdale reports from the front lines of chaos.<p>Widespread violence has erupted again in the Central African Republic, where thousands of people have been killed and nearly a million—20 percent of the population—have been displaced over the past few months.<p>The conflict began in December 2012 …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

Probation For Teen Who Killed 4: Here's The Judge's Thinking

The news that a 16-year-old boy from Texas was sentenced this week to 10 years of probation for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed four people has led to many headlines such as this, from <i>Time</i>:<p>"The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid's Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly …

Americans Still Care About Their Public Libraries

It's the age of the Internet and of budget cuts. But the vast majority of respondents in a recent Pew study said that, were their local library to close, it would be sorely missed.<p>The public library in my hometown has been closed and undergoing reconstruction since 2011. This hasn't much affected …

Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor

Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.<p>Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. …

James Bond is an 'impotent drunk'

<b>Vodka martini, "shaken not stirred" - often said as part of a bad Sean Connery impersonation - is one of the most quotable lines from Bond.</b><p>Yet Her Majesty's top secret agent's love of the bottle would leave him impotent and at death's door.<p>Doctors analysing the Ian Fleming novels show James Bond …

Alcohol