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NASA scientist isn't impressed with the new 'Star Wars' droid BB-8

In a video for Wired, Kennedy compares the three droids to NASA's robotics.<p>Kennedy says the physics behind BB-8 make it a flawed robot. While it's easier for it to travel on flat land, it would be "extremely difficult" for it to roll up and over something, inhibiting its movement.<p>As for R2-D2, …

The things they carried: Europe's refugees share the possessions they cling to

Having sacrificed most of their belongings in search for safety, many of the refugees arriving in Europe have few items to their name<p>Standing at a refugee stop in the Austrian town of Nickelsdorf, near the Hungarian border, 17-year-old Ahmad explains that he no longer owns much of anything. After …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The best answer to the question 'Does Islam promote violence?'

<b>When Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris were attacked at the beginning of this year by al-Qaeda, the world mourned for the dead - but</b> …

Timeline: What happened in Paris attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> The violence in Paris shocked the world. The terror group ISIS claimed responsibility, the French President declared it "an act of war," and even Pope Francis called it a "piecemeal Third World War" with "no religious or human justification for it."<p>Seven of the terrorists were killed, and …

Death Metal

Paris attacks reaction: Condolences and condemnation

PARIS (AP) — World leaders are reacting to the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. Some of their comments:<p>WHITE HOUSE:<p>The White …

Terrorism

Curiosity Rover Sees Earth from Mars for 1st Time (Photos)

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet …

US flies military aircraft near disputed islands in signal to China

US official claims Chinese military radioed "get away from our islands" as B-52 bombers flew over South China Sea<p>The US flew military aircraft near man-made islands claimed by China despite protests from the Chinese military, the Pentagon said on Thursday.<p>Two B-52 bombers reportedly flew over the …

China

The US might label one of ISIS's attacks 'genocide' — and that could have major implications

The word carries a certain power as an official designation. A 1948 treaty, signed by the US and 147 other nations, declares genocide a crime under international law and states that countries need to work together "to liberate mankind from this odious scourge."<p>The report about the possible genocide …

Islam

Prehistoric 'Stonehenge' monument in Golan Heights fuels mystery | Reuters

GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) - Driving past it, one of the most mysterious structures in the Middle East is easy to miss. The prehistoric stone monument went unnoticed for centuries in a bare expanse of field on the Golan Heights.<p>A general aerial view shows a prehistoric stone monument, known as Rujm …

Archaeology

11 insanely successful philosophy majors show that Marco Rubio was wrong

"We need more welders and less philosophers," Rubio said, making the argument that vocational skills like welding are more valuable than abstract skills like philosophy.<p>But as Fusion's Felix Salmon and others pointed out, philosophers actually tend to make <i>more</i> money than welders — think <i>billions —</i> …

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

Top 5 discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope

How old is the universe?<p>One of the key questions Hubble was built to answer was simple to state: How old is the universe? In the 1920s, Edwin Hubble, …

Aung San Suu Kyi tells Burma's military to respect 'people's will' after election landslide

In elections described 'not free' but 'fair', the National League for Democracy will win 75 per cent of seats in Burma, also known as Myanmar<p>Aung San Suu Kyi has urged Burma’s powerful military to respect “the people’s will” as her opposition party heads for a landslide electoral victory.<p>The former …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Senegal's President Sall condemns 'excessive form of Islam'

<b>Senegal's President Macky Sall has called for a fight against the "excessive form" of Islam which has led to the growth of jihadi groups.</b><p>Muslim clerics needed to be trained to promote "tolerant Islam", he added.<p>Mr Sall, a Muslim, also called for greater intelligence-sharing between governments.<p>Last …

10 Amazing Ancient Forests around the World

Photo by William Grisaitis<p>Avenue of the Baobabs<p>A visit to one of these ancient woods around the world is a restorative, perspective-giving experience.<p>…

Forests

South African scientists piece together 'new dinosaur species'

A dinosaur reconstruction effort that began with half a giant thigh bone discovered in South Africa is puzzling palaeontologists, who think they might have stumbled across a new species.<p>After 20 years of patient collection, researchers finally have enough fossils to put together a complete picture …

Paleontology

Syrian army breaks IS siege of key Aleppo air base

But the government advance came as at least 22 people were killed in one of the bloodiest mortar attacks yet on the regime's coastal bastion of Latakia.<p>Syrian troops, backed by pro-government militia, broke through the Islamic State group's siege of the Kweyris military airport in northern Aleppo …

For the first time, Saudi Arabia, oil empire, commits to fixing climate change

This is big: Saudi Arabia, which has an economy that depends on petroleum for 80% of its budget revenues, is now thinking of a world after oil for …

'We are powerless to stop Rwandan-style genocide in Burundi,' admits UN

UN chief speaks out after more than 250 die in extrajudicial killings<p>Fears that Burundi could slide into a Rwandan-style civil conflict grew after the United Nations warned that it was "poorly positioned" to intervene in the country's escalating political violence.<p>The east African nation of 10 …

Africa

Calls for investigation into Saudi Arabia's actions in Yemen

There must be “proper investigations” to ensure that Saudi Arabia has not breached international humanitarian law in the war in Yemen, according to Britain’s foreign secretary, who said that shipments of UK-supplied weapons would be halted if the Saudis fell foul of those probes.<p>Philip Hammond’s …

Middle East

Ben Carson’s hilarious, ridiculous, completely broken history: A rare window into the extreme right’s fact-challenged worldview

Ben Carson has had a very bad week. Here’s what we’ve learned, and here’s what it says about modern Republicans<p>Last week was pretty tough for Ben Carson. From BuzzFeed unearthing a video of him claiming that the Egyptian pyramids were built by Joseph to Politico reporting that he had lied in his …

'I'm okay': Skier miraculously survives after tumbling 1,600ft down a mountain (VIDEO)

Hitting the slopes can be a dangerous hobby, and no one knows that better than pro skier Ian McIntosh, who narrowly escaped death after falling 1,600 …

Meet Saudi Arabia's first women election candidates

Activists, professionals and housewives among more than 1,000 to be nominated in the country's first council elections open to women<p>Their election leaflets cannot contain photographs, and they are not allowed to address men directly at campaign meetings.<p>But in a breakthrough moment for Saudi …

Saudi Arabia

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Taiwan’s president showed China’s what a real press conference looks like—and China blocked it

Taiwan and China this weekend held the first-ever meeting between the top leaders of their countries. The goal was to show how similar the two nations are, with shared language, history, and economic interests. But what is usually the most boring of affairs—a political press conference—revealed …

China

The newest robot from China’s space agency looks a lot like Iron Man

Have you ever imagined Iron Man landing on the Red Planet? Well of course you have. And it’s likely that many visitors to this week’s China International Industry Fair in Shanghai will too.<p>On Nov. 3 China’s space agency unveiled a model of its home grown Mars probe, which includes an orbiter and a …

Mars Mission

Russia's strategy in Syria may have just gotten more complicated

So far, Russia has focused most of its involvement in Syria on hitting rebel targets to shore up territory for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>But as ISIS affiliates in Egypt's Sinai peninsula insist that they took down a plane carrying …

6 world-changing innovations by teenage geniuses

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems are coming from an unlikely place: teenagers. Around the world, young inventors are developing gadgets and techniques that address issues ranging from ocean pollution to biofuels to food production. These incredible …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Today on Pictures: October 13

North Africa