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Fall of Roman Empire caused by 'contagion of homosexuality'

A prominent Italian historian has claimed that the Roman Empire collapsed because a "contagion of homosexuality and effeminacy" made it easy pickings for barbarian hordes, sparking a furious row.<p>Roberto De Mattei, 63, the deputy head of the country's National Research Council, claimed that the …

Ancient History

Britain 'is experiencing same decline as Rome in 100BC'

Dr Jim Penman believes Britons no longer have the genetic temperament that sparked the Industrial Revolution<p>Britain is experiencing the same decline as Rome in 100BC, with the collapse of civilisation inevitable, a scientist has warned.<p>Dr Jim Penman, of the RMIT University in Melbourne, believes …

11 really cool space missions

It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.<p>That's what space lovers and other curious types got on Wednesday, when the European Space Agency's probe Philae touched down on Comet 67P.<p>It was high drama that continued into the afternoon as questions …

Politician's fingerprint 'cloned from photos' by hacker

<b>A member of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hacker network claims to have cloned a thumbprint of a German politician by using commercial software and images taken at a news conference.</b><p>Jan Krissler says he replicated the fingerprint of defence minister Ursula von der Leyen using pictures taken with a …


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This Super-Sized Cargo Plane Carries NASA's Largest And Most Precious Equipment

Its main function is to transport spaceship parts around the world, including components of a the world's biggest effort in manned space exploration: The International Space Station. And earlier today Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques tweeted a photo of NASA's Super Guppy on the tarmac in …

Space Exploration

Survive the horror of these gaming-themed haunted houses

I’m writing about a bunch of places I would never want to go to.<p>I can handle scary games, but I don’t do well with haunted houses. Ever since I was a kid and had some weird guy shove a fake chain saw in my face (how is a 5 year old supposed to understand that?), I’ve never been able to willingly …


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