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Lost Crafts Force CIA Commuters By Canoe to Hang Up Paddles

By Angus Phillips<p>For almost 20 years a tiny band of CIA operatives has circumvented normal travel channels to slip quietly to work at agency headquarters in Northern Virginia.<p>The agents, wearing backpacks and waterproof boots, left their cars or bicycles by the roadside on MacArthur Boulevard, …

Canoeing

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg's Aesthetically Fearless High Desert House

Sent to famed architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg by artists Jay and Bev Doolittle, this letter resulted in one of the most extraordinary pieces of …

Architecture

Yale experiment to reanimate dead brains promises 'living hell' for humans

A scientific experiment to reanimate dead brains could lead to humans enduring a ‘fate worse than death,’ an ethics lecturer has warned.<p>Last month Yale University announced it had successfully resurrected the brains of more than 100 slaughtered pigs and found that the cells were still healthy.<p>The …

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you're drinking

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.<p>A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their …

What Should Grow in a Vacant Lot?

Chris Swan is spending years studying a unique ecosystem—the vacant lots of Baltimore—looking for the best ways to bring the city’s dead spaces back to life.<p>On a frigid day in the West Baltimore neighborhood Harlem Park, ecologist Chris Swan parks his pickup on a block where vacant lots outnumber …

Russia's undersea naval activity is at record levels, and NATO is worried about a crucial lifeline to the world

Russian undersea naval activity in the North Atlantic has reached new levels, and NATO is worried that the undersea cables connecting North America and Europe and the rest of the world are being targeted.<p>"We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don't …

Net Neutrality is over. It's time to get a VPN.

by Chelsea Gohd December 18, 2017 Robots & Machines 13446<p><i>Futurism has forged a partnership with ExpressVPN, the world’s largest premium VPN service</i> …

Changing one simple habit can improve your entire life

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time.<p>He has won 28 medals in multiple swim categories and still holds several world records even though he has retired. His 80-inch wingspan and flexible ankles make him naturally predisposed to swimming—perhaps even more so than walking on …

Microbes by the ton: Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise

By Joby Warrick<p>Joby Warrick<p>National security reporter covering terrorism, rogue states, weapons proliferation<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Five months before North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological …

North Korea

How Trump is slowly destroying America's national security agencies | Jeffrey H Smith

The president’s words and actions are deconstructing these vital agencies – and it might take years for the damage to be undone<p>The Guardian has reported that John Le Carré, the famed British spy novelist, recently said of the Trump presidency: “Something truly, seriously bad is happening and we …

National Security

Half-Tree House is a modern off-grid cabin built for $20,000

No matter what you do or where you live, having some kind of retreat or time out in nature is essential to well-being -- or at least, that's what the …

Off-grid

Signs of Russian Meddling in Brexit Referendum

LONDON — More than 150,000 Russian-language Twitter accounts posted tens of thousands of messages in English urging Britain to leave the European Union in the days before last year’s referendum on the issue, a team of researchers disclosed on Wednesday.<p>More than 400 of the accounts that Twitter has …

This cozy off-grid cabin shows beauty on a budget in upstate New York

Manhattan studio JacobsChang shows off beauty on a budget with their completion of the Half-Tree House, a one-room cabin tucked into the forests of …

New York State

Climate change might be worse than thought after scientists find major mistake in water temperature readings

Global warming might be far worse than we thought, according to a new study.<p>The research challenges the ways that researchers have worked out sea …

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming<p>Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide …

Ecology

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say<p>The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked …

Research

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms

By Elizabeth Dwoskin ,<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Silicon Valley Correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Adam Entous and<p>Adam Entous<p>Reporter who wrote about national security, foreign policy and intelligence.<p>Bio<p>Craig Timberg<p>Craig Timberg<p>National reporter covering technology<p>Email Bio Follow<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the …

Internet

Nisser Micro Cabin / Feste Landscape / Architecture

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A local cabin developer contacted Feste Landscape / Architecture to design a floating micro cabin for …

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, …

Climate Change

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly | John Abraham

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly<p>As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much …

Global Warming

Mosul battle: IS kills 230 fleeing civilians, says UN

<b>The UN has received reports that 231 Iraqi civilians have been killed by so-called Islamic State while attempting to flee Mosul over the past two weeks.</b><p>At least 204 are believed to have been shot dead by militants during clashes with Iraqi security forces in the Shifa district last Thursday and …

Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says

MOSCOW — Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suggested on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year that meddled in the United States presidential election.<p>While Mr. Putin continued …

Trump’s United American Emirate

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump’s trip to Europe was truly historic.<p>He left our most important allies there so uncertain about America’s commitment to their security from Russia and to shared values on trade and climate change that German leader Angela Merkel was prompted to tell her …

In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese

By Emily Rauhala and<p>Emily Rauhala<p>Correspondent covering East and Southeast Asia<p>Email Bio Follow<p>William Wan<p>William Wan<p>National correspondent covering science and news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>BEIJING — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in …

Jared Kushner

This Breathtaking Modern Cottage Is Hidden Deep in a Quebec Forest

Have you ever noticed that in professional architecture photos, the only people that ever seem to appear are almost always blurry? You know: like …

Black mountain cabin lights up like a lantern at night

Architect Tomislav Soldo designed a handsome mountain cabin that owes its existence to a fortuitously placed walnut tree. Set on a sloped site in the …

China Poised for Leadership on Climate Change After U.S. Reversal

President Trump’s executive order to dismantle Obama-era climate policy is unlikely to stall global momentum on the issue, as China’s growing role comes into focus.<p>China may soon fill the leadership vacuum that President Donald Trump leaves on the world stage as he is expected to sign a new …

Set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free—and yes, Americans urgently need one, thanks to Congress

• Sell your browsing history to basically any corporation or government that wants to buy it<br>• Hijack your searches and share them with third parties<br>• Monitor all your traffic by injecting their own malware-filled ads into the websites you visit<br>• Stuff undetectable, un-deletable tracking cookies into all of …

A Navy SEAL explains why you should end a shower with cold water

Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, author of " 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation," explains why it can be healthy for you to end a shower with cold water.<p><i>Following is a transcript of the video.</i><p><b>Clint Emerson:</b> Cold …

There may be a 3rd pillar of physical fitness beyond diet and exercise

Most of us know that to be healthy, we need to eat well and exercise.<p>But focusing on just those two things may not be enough, according to a theory investigated (and experienced) by journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney in his recent book "What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme …