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Defense Company Unveils Anti-Drone System

Cameras + secret sauce = safety?<p>The rise of drones will, inevitably, lead to their Icarus-like fall. Earlier this week, Selex ES, part of Italy’s large Finmeccanica defense giant, unveiled an anti-drone weapon at the Defence and Security Equipment International in London. Dubbed “Falcon Shield,” …

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

'Smart drug' taken by one in four students really does boost performance

Scientists say it is time to have an ethical debate about whether Modafinil should be 'condoned or condemned.'<p>A ‘smart drug’ taken by one in four students at Oxford University really does boost brain power and colleges need to consider whether it should be banned, scientists have said.<p>Modafinil is …

Oxford University

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Chemistry

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1</b><b>.</b> Greece faces a critical 24 hours as the country may need to impose capital controls to avert a banking crisis if no deal is reached with foreign creditors at an emergency eurozone summit on Monday.<p><b>2.</b> Islamic State militants have planted mines and bombs in the historic city of Palmyra, but it's …

Deleting your browser history could land you 20 years in prison

The absence of evidence shouldn’t be viewed as proof of guilt, but tell that to the U.S. federal court—where Khairullozhon Matanov will be facing …

The United States Is Experimenting With Drones To Control The Weather

The Desert Research Institute in Nevada is testing drones for cloud-seeding processes. And it could be a $90 billion dollar revenue-producing industry.<p><i>Image via</i><p>For years, there have been plenty of conspiracy theories about the government building machines that control the weather, be it via cloud …

CIA sex abuse and torture went beyond Senate report disclosures, detainee says

Majid Khan, who underwent ‘enhanced interrogation’, says authorities poured ice water on his genitals and hung him naked from a beam for days<p>The US Central Intelligence Agency used a wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than was disclosed in a Senate report last year, according to …

Human Rights

Isis closes Ramadi dam gates, cutting off water to pro-government towns

Iraqi officials warn of humanitarian and security threat and call for dam to be either retaken or targeted in an air strike<p>Islamic State jihadis have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi that they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials have …

Water

Syria crisis: 'Barrel bomb strikes kill 72' in Aleppo province

<b>At least 72 people have been killed in Syria's northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters, activists say.</b><p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 60 people died in the strike on al-Bab - a town currently held by Islamic State (IS) militants.<p>It says 12 …

Criminals use IRS website to steal data on 104,000 people

A "sophisticated" organized crime syndicate used the IRS website to steal tax forms full of personal financial information on 104,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.<p>Until the IRS discovered this latest data leak, its website provided a service called "Get Transcript." It's an easy way to …

Identity Theft

Top 10: Wall Street Sayings That Should Be Questioned - The Big Picture

<i>In honor and reverence to one of my favorite comedic personalities, David Letterman, and the end of his talk show career here is my own market Top 10</i> …

Stock Markets

The Big Banks Are Corrupt -- and Getting Worse

The Justice Department's latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations.<p>That's not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by …

Ukraine crisis: Kiev prisoners 'admit to being in Russian army'

<b>Two men captured by Ukrainian troops on Saturday have confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces, a report by European mediators says.</b><p>The pair were interviewed at a military hospital in Kiev by members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).<p>"They were armed …

Brain implant controls robotic arm - with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.<p>“I want to be able to drink my own beer - to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to …

Multiple Sclerosis

Crash Contagion: Second Chinese Billionaire Wiped Out In Seconds After Stock Instacrash

Yesterday China's richest man, Li Hejun, lost more than half his fortune when his solar company stock suddenly crashed over 50%. Overnight it …

In Syria and Iraq, ISIS Has Taken Upper Hand From US-Led Coalition

Only two months ago, the American-led campaign to contain and destroy the Islamic State group -- better known as ISIS -- seemed to be gaining …

5 global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over currency manipulation

They called themselves the Cartel, and that turned out to be an appropriate name.<p>Traders and sales agents used electronic chat rooms, prosecutors said, to conspire to manipulate prices in the $5-trillion-a-day foreign currency markets. They secretly marked up transaction costs, telling customers …

Freedom within the Disciplines | Francesca Aran Murphy

Faculty often quarrel over curricula. That’s as it should be. A curriculum, especially its core courses required of all students, is an educational …

ISIS leader in new audio message: 'Islam was never for a day the religion of peace'

"And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah (emigration) to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be," he said.<p>The voice reading the half-hour speech appeared to match previous audio recordings of Baghdadi, the latest of which was released in mid-November.<p>As …

The greatest European military leaders of all time

The common thread linking all those who reached the very top of that profession is a genius for tactics and an ability to adapt mid-way through a battle in order to secure victory.<p>From the ancient Greeks to the modern day the tools of the game have changed dramatically but the aim remains the same …

The 'living concrete' that can heal itself

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the world's most popular building material, and ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we've been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable.<p>No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks, and under some …

Concrete

Don't be fooled: ISIS isn't losing

Without a clear long-term strategy for the volatile region, reports of territory losses will likely be empty victories as the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) continues its brutal campaign to win over radicals in the Middle East.<p>This week, ISIS overran the provincial capital Ramadi in Iraq …

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak | Reuters

(Reuters) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus.<p>A sign at the edge of an exclusion zone warns of the closure of a footpath after an …

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider:<p>● Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to …

Middle East

ISIL activity drives up Pentagon threat level

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon bolstered security measures for bases across the country on Friday based on increasing threats from Islamic State militants and their sympathizers.<p>The uptick to threat-level Bravo from Alpha did not stem from a specific threat, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon …