Roberto M. Avila

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Retaking Syria's Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city's museum.<p>Experts say they need time to assess …

Archaeology

Swedish teenager rescued from Islamic State after 'going to Iraq with boyfriend'

Swedish 16-year-old girl rescued by Kurdish special forces after being held in Mosul<p>Kurdish troops fighting Islamic State forces in northern Iraq say they have rescued a Swedish teenage girl who was "lured" there by an Isil fighter.<p>The 16-year-old, identified as Marilyn Nevalainen, was rescued from …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Egypt '90% sure' there are hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb

Search for hidden chamber in Luxor, once the pharaonic capital, points to chamber that some say could hold remains of Queen Nefertiti<p>Egypt has said there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the …

6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

1 Billion Shekel Lawsuit Against Temple Mount Discrimination

Jewish activist and attorney Baruch Ben-Yosef this week launched a 1 billion shekel ($263 million) class-action lawsuit against Jordan, the …

Israel

Archaeology: 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Message Found In Secret Chamber; Experts Say It's 'A Very Significant Discovery'

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have made an extraordinary discovery. In an underground cave where an ancient ritual bath or mikvah sits, the experts …

Alien Landing - Created for "Sky High Music House UK"

We get Huck Finn all wrong: Race, Mark Twain, children and myths of an American classic

Our sense of comedy and seriousness in “Huck Finn” says more about America now than America in Mark Twain’s time<p>For anyone who wants to try to unravel the tangled knot that ties modern Americans to their past, Mark Twain’s <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</i> (1885) remains essential. According to the …

No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people.<p>It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's …

Face to face with Abraham Lincoln: A day in the life of a Political History intern

<i>With the news that the Smithsonian has created the first-ever 3D presidential portrait, Intern Haley Rivero shares a close-up experience with another</i> …

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What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

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Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes – in one of a number of moves focused squarely on billions of dollars of potential revenue available across the total digital healthcare market.<p>As technology moves further into treatment …

2014 July 5 - M106 Across the Spectrum

<b>M106 Across the Spectrum</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> X-ray - NASA / CXC / Caltech / P.Ogle et al.,<br>Optical - NASA/STScI, IR - NASA/JPL-Caltech, Radio -</b> …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

South-east Asia

Orion - a brief tour

First Earth-sized rocky exoplanet found

A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside our solar system that has a rocky composition like Earth’s. This exoplanet, …