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Wanna be an astronaut? Here's how to get your foot in the door at NASA and ESA

Ever idly dream of being an astronaut? Well, why not apply (within the month) for a job at NASA? Or if you feel you need more time to improve your …

Space Exploration

Annie Leibovitz unveils Women: New Portraits exhibition including intimate Caitlyn Jenner picture

Renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz unveiled her latest exhibition, which features portraits of women ranging from former Olympic champion …

What Virgin Galactic's space tourism outfit looks like

Private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic announced its partnership with fashion brand Y-3 on Thursday. The two companies will work together to …

Stoke-on-Trent

Lunar Leap: Europe Is Reaching for a Moon Base by the 2030s

There is growing interest in Europe to prioritize the moon as humanity's next deep-space destination.<p>The moon, supporters say, can serve as a …

The World in 2035: Britain’s Frightening Forecast

As Americans fret about the rise of China and a perceived decline in U.S. power, consider this: How does the future look to a second-tier nation that …

7 simple meditation methods to help improve your daily life

It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.<p>On a …

Meditation

US and allies conduct 24 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

Strikes targeted Isis positions in seven areas including four near near Ramadi, where terrified families waved white flags as they emerged from their homes<p>The US and its allies conducted 24 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday, the US military said on Friday.<p>It said in a …

Middle East

From Poop To Power: Colorado Explores New Sources Of Renewable Energy

The wastewater treatment plant in Grand Junction, Colo., takes in 8 million gallons of raw sewage — what's flushed down the toilet and sinks.<p>Processing this sewage produces a lot of methane, which the plant used to just burn off into the air.<p>The process was "not good for the environment and a waste …

Fossil Fuels

Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary: When is it and how is it being celebrated?

On April 23, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.<p>Many of Britain's cultural institutions are planning to pay tribute to the Bard’s life and works. It promises to be an impressively imaginative programme.<p>From Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III to Hamlet being played by an …

Police firearms officers trained by SAS to shoot terrorists in the head

Police chiefs insist there is no “shoot to kill” policy within British policing but accept that headshots are likely to “prove fatal”<p>Police firearms officers have been trained by the SAS to shoot terrorists in the head amid the growing threat from Islamist fanatics.<p>Police chiefs insist there is no …

Want to install solar panels but can't? No problem.

Coming up with a climate agreement in Paris last month, getting nearly 200 countries to commit to lowering their greenhouse gases, well, that was the easy part. Now nations have to actually achieve their targets to transition to a lower-carbon future, which includes investments in more renewable …

North Africa

New Year's Eve is your only chance to catch this beautiful comet in your lifetime — here's how to spot it

The visitor is the comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina); most people are just calling it Comet Catalina (the official name has a bit more complicated nomenclature). There are a couple of <i>very</i> cool things about this comet you should know about, but before I get to that part let me tell you how to see …

Astronomy

'Harry Potter' sequel in London casts black actress as Hermione

The upcoming "Harry Potter" sequel that is set to open at the Palace Theatre in London next year has cast a black actress to play the role of the adult Hermione, a decision that author J.K. Rowling has defended on social media.<p>Producers of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" announced Monday that …

The 15 Best Books of 2015

Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.<p>In the spirit of treating my annual best-of reading lists as a sort of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse, reflecting not aspirational priorities for the new year but what proved most worth …

The Apollo 12 Crew's Casual Photography Looks Like Space Age Instagram

A low-key tour through the outer space adventures of Conrad, Bean, and Gordon.<p>Apollo 12 was definitely the comedic interlude of the American Moon landing program. Sandwiched between the historic "giant leap" of Apollo 11 and the riveting "successful failure" of Apollo 13, the mission—which began …

Apollo Missions

No Warp Drive Here: NASA Downplays 'Impossible' EM Drive Space Engine

Despite the fevered reports rocketing around the Internet recently, NASA is not on the verge of developing a fuel-free, faster-than-light propulsion …

Space Travel
Crime

National Geographic Travel

What the U.K. Wants From the EU

Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking an overhaul of the European Union ahead of a referendum in 2017 over whether to remain in the bloc.<p>Prime Minister David Cameron, in a letter to the president of the European Council, is seeking an overhaul of the European Union ahead of a U.K. referendum in …

United Kingdom

Tired of the Tube? There's now an official London Underground walking map

LONDON — The Tube: It’s the bane of many commuters' lives and even minor disruptions can send the city into a complete meltdown.<p>If you’ve ever dreamt …

The SNP just stopped everyone from shopping on a Sunday

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid had planned to shake up rules which stop large stores in England and Wales from opening for more than six hours on Sunday with a vote in Parliament next week, but a threat by the SNP to break with convention and vote against the bill has forced him to shelve the …

United Kingdom