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Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict.<p>A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a …

In theory, the Milky Way could be a 'galactic transport system'

Based on the latest evidence and theories our galaxy could be a huge wormhole (or space-time tunnel, have you seen "Interstellar?") and, if that were …

Physics

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

The Terrifying Story Of The First Person To Walk In Space — And How He Almost Didn't Make It Back

Nearly 50 years ago, on March 18, 1965, cosmonaut Leonov became the first person to ever walk in outer space. The Soviet cosmonaut's spacewalk represented a great leap for humankind, as well as a significant one-up in the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the US.<p>But this triumphant tale of …

Lifting The Toxic Curse

Image: Fer Gregory/Shutterstock<p>Something more sinister than climate change stalks the human future – and it is high time we gave it the same …

Health workers in Liberia's Ebola outbreak often ostracized

Patrick Githinji held the intravenous needle and bent over his patient. The man was shaking and sweating, blood trickling from his head and hand.<p>Githinji wore a suffocating protective suit, outfitted with double-layered gloves, mask and goggles. But it would be useless against the deadly Ebola …

Disease

Use These 10 Opening Phrases in Your Emails | Inc.com

I process email for a living, or at least it seems that way most of the time.<p>Hundreds of new messages arrive on a daily basis, some of them so dull and uninformative they make me want to go find a pencil and jam it into my spleen. Others start with something a little juicier, a little more …

E-Mail

Guatemala Declares Emergency Over Central American Drought

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala’s government declared a state of emergency in 16 of the country’s 22 provinces Monday as Central America suffers one its worst droughts in decades. Experts have warned that major crop losses – mostly in the region's staples of corn and beans - and the deaths of hundreds …

Guatemala

Social Media Becomes an Instructional Tool

Many teachers fear that social media, if allowed in the classroom, would become the ultimate distraction. How, after all, could Shakespeare or …

KQED

Distributing enough water to everyone has never been an easy task in perennially thirsty California. But making sure that residents, farms and the …

Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous – and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.<p>The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft …

Russia’s warming faster than the rest of the planet—and seeing disease, drought, and forest fires as a result

When Vladimir Putin declined to support the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to limit carbon emissions, he famously quipped that higher temperatures might actually benefit Russia since its people would have to spend less on fur coats.<p>Well, he’s getting his wish. Changes in wind and ocean currents caused by …

Climate Change

In 'November Man' Pierce Brosnan gets tougher with age

On his 60th birthday in May 2013,<p>Pierce Brosnanwoke up in Belgrade, Serbia. In three days he was to start shooting a new action-thriller called "The November Man," playing a world-weary but still lethal ex-CIAagent — the sort of role that would involve a whole lot of running, jumping, …

Construction

The Ice Bucket Challenge Can Kill. Here's Why You're Doing It Wrong

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised an impressive amount of money and awareness for motor neuron diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In just one month, the ALS Association has received $80m in donations.<p>But while the fundraising campaign should be praised, the tragic …

The Surprising Reason 'Pink Slime' Meat Is Back

The attention was damning. In 2012, ABC News ran an 11-segment investigation on a low-cost meat product critics called “pink slime,” a moniker coined …