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Museum of Lost Objects: Looted Sumerian Seal

<b>In April 2003, almost the entire collection of ancient cylinder seals was stolen from the Iraq Museum in Baghdad - and it remains missing.</b><p>In the chaotic, violent April of 2003, as US tanks rolled into Baghdad, the Iraq Museum was broken into and pillaged. Looters rampaged through the halls, …

Archaeology

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race

As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment.<p>When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite …

Transatlantic flight diverted 'after passenger kept demanding nuts'

Travellers were delayed nearly 24 hours and had to sleep in the terminal of Belfast airport after their flight was diverted because of an allegedly threatening passenger<p>It may have only begun as a demand for a humble bag of nibbles, but the threatening behaviour of one unruly passenger could have …

Blasts from the past: photographing the American civil war in 2015

620,000 dead, cities in ruin ... the civil war decimated the United States. To mark the 150th anniversary of its end, Guardian photographer David Levene took a trip across America to re-create some of the most iconic photographs taken at the time<p>I was wading into the North Anna river, camera in …

How Safe Is Air Travel? The Statistical Truth

<i>Despite the occasional heavy turbulence, I’ve always felt safe while flying, though I know plenty of people feel less at ease in the air. While you</i> …

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

Environment<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both …

National Parks