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Activists warn of end of Christian presence in Middle East as Isis seizes 90 Assyrians

Islamic State militants kidnapped 90 Christians in north-east Syria as the jihadis retreated in the face of a Kurdish counter-offensive, a monitoring group has said.<p>The reported kidnappings are the latest blow to the ancient Christian presence in the region, heightening insecurity after a video was …

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The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

Reduced sea ice allowed the buildup of huge waves in the Beaufort Sea.<p>Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.<p>Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight …

How to lose a game of Stronghold Crusader 2

Here's a secret about your old pal Phil Kollar that you may not know: I was not built to be king.<p>As though to perfectly illustrate that point, the folks at Firefly Studios sent me an early beta build of <i>Stronghold Crusader 2</i>, the upcoming strategy-slash-castle builder. The game's lead designer, …