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The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

In the early months of 2003, the National Security Agency saw demand for its services spike as a new war in Iraq, as well as ongoing and profound …

The world’s largest cruise ship in numbers

More floating city than cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas sets sail from Southampton this week – the biggest, heaviest, most brazen vessel of its kind. Unsurprisingly, its vital statistics are whoppers.<p>10,000<p>The number of plants in the on-board park – plus 50 mature trees.<p>227,000 …

Shipping

These 10 cities have the worst air pollution in the world, and it is up to 15 times dirtier than what is considered healthy

Air pollution already kills 3.3 million people a year.<p>And that number could double by 2050.<p>The most harmful pollutant to human health is called PM 2.5, short for particle matter that's less than 2.5 microns in diameter. It's found in soot, smoke, and dust and lodges in the lungs causing long-term …

Pollution

Russia frees Estonian officer in cold war-style spy swap

Russia has freed an Estonian officer jailed for spying last month, exchanging him for a Russian spy in a cold war-style bridge swap just days before President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the US.<p>Eston Kohver, who was sentenced in August to 15 years in a Russian prison on espionage and other charges, …

Russia

How Vladimir Putin Set the Stage for His Talks With Obama on Syria

There is no precise match in the Russian language for the English expression, “I hate to say, ‘I told you so.’” But something similar will likely be …

Scientists are looking at riskier ways to reverse climate change

Our planet is heating up. There’s mostly consensus on what’s causing global warming (we are), as well as how quickly we need to work to slow it down (very quickly).<p>Now many climate scientists are coming together around a common goal: keep the planet from heating up more than two degrees Celsius. …

How to Have a Not-Lame Vegetarian Cookout (With Recipes!)

Grilled vegetables shouldn't be stuck as steak's summertime sidekick. These 4 tips will change your 'tude about vegetarian cookouts forever.<p>You don't have to tell us twice to eat our vegetables: We love salads, root veggies, and all of the greens. But we'll admit: The term "vegetarian barbecue" …

Cooking

Alaskan villages imperiled by global warming need resources to relocate

The Arctic is warming at a rate almost twice the global average, making climate change’s effects there far more intense and rapid than any other ecosystem in the world. While nature photographs of polar bears and melting ice dominate media narratives, the top of the world is home to 4m people who …

Global Warming

Mini-ice age to hit Earth in 15 years, scientists warn

The record temperatures we keep reading about could be a fond memory in just 15 years' time, which is when a new mini-Ice Age will hit the planet, a …

Financing the sustainable development goals will rely heavily on the tax factor

As the third UN financing for development (FFD) conference gets under way in Addis Ababa today, all the talk in the world of international development is of whether the meeting will be a “success” or a “failure”. And people’s views depend, inevitably, on their expectations.<p>If you thought Addis …

World Economy

Cancel the takeaway: quick Indian dishes to make at home

A satisfying, deeply flavourful Indian meal does not have to require hours of preparation, as these recipes prove<p>There are cheers as the doorbell rings. It’s Saturday night and our Indian takeaway has arrived. After mobbing the delivery guy we unpack the rogan josh (not as good as mine), the korma …

Spices

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

Graphic Design

Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 5:45 pm, May 17, 2015 in Fun London<p><b>Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from</b> …

England

AeroMobil Flying Car Crashes In Slovakia

The Invention Award-winning prototype was destroyed, but its pilot survived<p>Last Friday, the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype, recently featured in <i>Popular Science</i>’s 2015 Invention Awards, crashed during a flight test in Slovakia. When the flying car ran into trouble, its pilot, company co-founder Štefan …

Flying Car

Top 10: Caribbean beach holidays

The Caribbean excels at beaches above all else. Think soft golden and white sands, laid-back bars, water warm enough to stay in for hours and with shoals of tropical fish darting around your legs, and often watersports galore. Moreover, many Caribbean beaches are big or secluded enough to offer …

The world's 20 oldest cities

Wish you were here? The world's best beach bars

50 of the world's most unusual hotels

From quirky to downright weird, a guide to the most unusual places to stay around the world, featuring the world's best spaceship treehouses, ice suites, underwater hotels and glass igloos.<p>Treehotel, Harads, Sweden<p>Located in the pine forest around Harads are seven unique ‘treerooms’ (more are …

Costa Rica

10 best boat journeys

Boats are often overlooked as a way to see the world; we invariably have limited time to get from A to Z so we fly, missing B to Y. In a lot of cases, though, boats are the best, and frequently the only way, to properly see a destination. Here are ten of the best boat journeys the world has to …

HSBC WARNS: The world economy faces a 'titanic problem'

In a note to clients Wednesday, he warns: "The world economy is like an ocean liner without lifeboats. If another recession hits, it could be a truly titanic struggle for policymakers."<p>Here's King (emphasis added):<p><b>Whereas previous recoveries have enabled monetary and fiscal policymakers to</b> …

Budget Deficit

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

You do know it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, right? If you’ve neglected to get your mother figure something special, here’s a few ideas to get your …

3 editing secrets for writing your best cover letter yet

You know that it's beneficial to have a second set of eyes review your application materials. Someone who can tell you that your resume looks good — …

Employment

20 Tequila Cocktails Everyone Should Know

More reasons to love tequila.<p>There's rarely <i>ever</i> a bad time for tequila, <i>even</i> during brunch, but skip the traditional frozen margaritas and shots and give these new drinks a try (they'll make you love tequila even more.)

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Dessert

27 Cool Tech Gifts to Surprise Your Loved One With

#11 will banish low-battery panic forever.<p>Whether you're shopping for technophobes <i>or</i> tech-elites, there's something here that'll make every friend or family member happy.