Shreyas Parishwad

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The Feud That Sank Saigon

Buddhists against Catholics. Northerners against southerners. Civilians against the military. Capital against periphery. Ethnic Vietnamese against ethnic minorities. In 1967, anti-Communist South Vietnam was a caldron of overlapping rivalries, precipitating and reinforcing the political chaos …

What Going To Mars Will Do To Our Bodies

It’s hard to anticipate every health problem that might occur on a trip to Mars, which could span years. But NASA is trying. It has a list of 100 …

9 ways to watch movies online for free

Only the popcorn will cost you. Well, that and the internet connection for your phone, laptop or set-top box.<p>No money in the budget for a Netflix subscription? Or Amazon Prime? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can still enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to …

Smart TV

The top 15 events that happened in space in 2016

1/15<p>Astronomers find evidence for Planet 9<p>Two astronomers at Caltech found evidence that indicates the presence of a ninth planet in our solar system. The planet has yet to be directly imaged, but its gravitational influence on other known objects has allowed astronomers to detect its presence and …

A cheap, eco-friendly, crowdfunded, orange-colored, 1970s railway service is now running in Germany

A Berlin, Germany, startup called Locomore has launched the world’s first crowdfunded train service.<p>The renovated 1970s train, with retro orange-and-brown livery and the words “fair, ecological, cheap” emblazoned on the side, pulled out of Stuttgart station for its maiden voyage to Berlin via …

Trains

10 Most Significant Technology Innovations in Year 2016

Every end of the year, Yahoo India releases “The Year in Review lists”. This review list reveals the people, events, and stories that captured the …

From observer, India now becomes associate member of CERN

<b>Mumbai:</b> India on Monday became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest nuclear and particle …

Physics

Volkswagen's Dieselgate Scandal Just Got Bigger

Two new developments in 48 hours have ripped new holes in Volkswagen’s efforts to present itself as a company trying to come clean about its diesel …

The 10 Best Beaches in Europe - Italy and Greece Each Score 2 Spots

Summer might be over, but it’s never too early (especially with some of the trans-Atlantic award availability we’ve been seeing) to plan for next …

The Siege of Leningrad

World War II’s most infamous siege began a little over two months after the launch of “Operation Barbarossa,” Adolf Hitler’s surprise invasion of the …

Saint Petersburg

Great European city breaks you've probably never thought of

Kotor<b>,</b> Montenegro<p>The Montenegrin coast feels very different from neighbouring Croatia: it’s more Russian-influenced and beauty spots can be thick with jetskis, large black 4x4s, and beach bling. But Kotor, served by Tivat airport, is a gorgeous spot on a huge fjord-like sea inlet. For a good …

European Travel

The Best Castles to See in Germany

How to make your trip to Germany the stuff of legends.<p>What is a vacation to Germany without a peek at its famous castles? Capturing important moments …

Why Elon Musk’s New Strategy Makes Sense

Last week Elon Musk released the second installment of Tesla’s Master Plan. The first installment had been written in 2006. It outlined Tesla’s automotive strategy and it has been pretty much followed to the letter. The second installment moves Tesla beyond the traditional car market, with a plan …

China warns of 'serious consequences' after India refuses to extend visas of 3 journalists

<b>Beijing:</b> Taking umbrage at India's refusal to extend visas to three Chinese journalists, a state-run daily on Monday warned of "serious consequences" …

China

Why Germany—and the World—Is Arguing Over the Munich Shooter

Hubertus Andrae, the Munich chief of police, shook his head and let out a sigh when asked about the gunman’s politics. Not even a day had passed …

Engineer Finds a Huge Physics Discovery in Da Vinci's 'Irrelevant Scribbles'

It was right in front of us all along.<p>Until now, art historians dismissed some doodles in da Vinci’s notebooks as “irrelevant.”<p>But a new study from …

If You 'Aspire To Write,' You're Doing It Wrong

Throw a stone in the streets of Hollywood and you'll most likely hit an "aspiring actress". In New York? "Aspiring model". And if that stone doesn't hit those members of the Aspirations Club, it will hit the aspiring singer, or the aspiring rapper, or the aspiring dancer.<p>Actually, if you throw that …

Belly fat: What's the best way to get rid of it?

<b>Muffin top, spare tyre, blubber, belly fat, beer belly - a multitude of names but they all mean the same thing. Abdominal fat. And in the summer many turn to quick fixes to get rid of it, writes Saleyha Ahsan.</b><p>The problem with belly - or abdominal - fat isn't just the way it looks on the beach. It …

Fitness

German mother in infanticide case admits killing several babies

Woman known as Andrea G on trial after remains of eight babies were found wrapped in towels and bags in Wallenfels<p>A woman on trial in one of Germany’s worst infanticide cases, involving eight dead babies, has confessed to killing several of them but said she could not remember how many.<p>The …

Crime

Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming …

Artificial Intelligence

Germany’s refugee crisis has left it as bitterly divided as Donald Trump’s America

Last autumn, when Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders to refugees, my wife and I decided we would be happy to have some of them stay with us in our Berlin apartment. Mostly they would come and stay for just one night, arriving late and leaving at dawn to register with the city authorities.<p>One …

War

BMW Connected app links your car, calendar, and anywhere you need to be

BMW showed off its new Connected app today, seamlessly linking and predicting your destinations between iPhone and car.<p>One problem not entirely solved by phone and automakers is destination portability. Too often, I've had to read an address off my phone and type it into a car's navigation system. …

Apps

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

There's a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even "take a selfie."<p>With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will …

Mount Everest

97-Year-Old German Woman Confirms: 'I [Redacted] Hitler's Penis.'

BERLIN -- The internet can be rife with false stories, but one brave German woman has come forward to confirm at least one to be true.<p>Heidi Großedinger, a 97-year-old former cabaret dancer, has admitted to seeing Adolf Hitler's rumored tiny penis firsthand.<p>"Yes, the headlines are true," Großedinger …

Beijing defends deployments in South China Sea as no different to US defence of Hawaii

As foreign minister prepares to visit the United States, China says Washington must not ‘make a fuss’ over missile deployments to disputed islands<p>China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from US deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said, striking a combative …

China

Researchers Are Figuring Out How Our Brains Cope With So Much Data

Humans are the best machines.<p>The human brain is a wonderful thing. Consider the way it can recognise faces and objects despite a multitude of …

The Brain

The chicken that lived for 18 months without a head

<b>Seventy years ago, a farmer beheaded a chicken in Colorado, and it refused to die. Mike, as the bird became known, survived for 18 months and became famous. But how did he live without a head for so long, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.</b><p>On 10 September 1945 Lloyd Olsen and his wife Clara were killing …

Newcastle University

Kim Jong-un's recipe for success: private enterprise and public executions

Kim Jong-un, the third hereditary ruler of North Korea, gets a really bad press. He is widely seen as a capricious, overweight youngster, fond of executing his generals and threatening the world with war; ruler of an impoverished country ever on the brink of famine but equipped with nuclear weapons.<p>…

North Korea

Mars Shows Strong Signs of Flowing Water, Researchers Say

A new study provides the “strongest evidence yet” that salty liquid water sometimes flows on modern-day Mars, researchers said on Monday in a discovery that holds implications for future expeditions to the Red Planet.<p>“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water’ in our search for life in the …

Georgia Tech