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US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

Incident which saw USS Cowpens have to take evasive action arose with the US ship operating near China's only aircraft carrier at a time of heightened tensions in the region<p>A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last …

China

How Bars Are Using High-Tech Equipment To Make Better Drinks

Cocktail engineers on the cutting edge are borrowing tools from laboratories and industry.<p>As cocktails in top bars become increasingly sophisticated, more work is required to perfect them, and much of that preparation now happens behind the scenes. Rather than infusing fruit into vodka in a big jar …

Encounter of the first kind: Rosetta on track for historic comet landing

Hundreds of millions of miles away and 10 years after launch, a European spaceship could be on the brink of discovering how life appeared on Earth<p>At precisely 10am GMT on 20 January next year, a tiny electronic chip inside Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will flicker into life. The robot probe will …

When is my earliest sunset?

At the latitude of Miami, Florida or Brownsville, Texas in the U.S. – or, say, the city of Naha in Okinawa, Japan – the earliest sunsets of the year …

Astronomy

Two supermassive black holes in death spiral

Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes 3.8 billion light-years from Earth, circling each other like dance …

Universe

Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-13 – in pictures

Eschewing the race for the South Pole, geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson took his scientific expedition to the eastern Antarctic – a region totally unmapped and unexplored. Here is a glimpse of the photographic archive that records their epic journey

Pit of bones hides our oldest DNA

Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Scientists say DNA strands in thigh bone of 400,000-year-old early human can help build clearer picture of human family tree<p>Researchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.<p>The genetic material was …

Environment: News & features

Environment

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

John Tlumacki. Boston, Mass., USA. April 15, 2013. The first Boston Marathon bomb exploded about two hours and forty m<p>... VIEW MORE<p>John …

How A Battleship Works [Vintage Infographic]

From 1943, a very detailed look at an obsolete war machine<p>The age of battleships is long over. The United States built the USS Missouri, the nation's last battleship, in 1944, even as that category of "heavy ship with many powerful guns" was superseded by "floating runway with many powerful …