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August 3 1914: the countdown to cataclysm across the world

The build-up to hostilities of the First World War was met with joy in Berlin, disinterest in France, disbelief in America and fear in Russia<p><b>GERMANY by Justin Huggler</b><p>Huge crowds poured through the streets of Berlin on 3 August, 1914. They were celebrating in Germany. Soldiers marched through the …

Europe

WW1 centenary: how the events of August 4 1914 unfolded

Britain went to war on August 4 1914. We document the dramatic events leading up to the declaration of war as they happened, hour-by-hour<p>The outbreak of war in 1914 is not an Agatha Christie drama at the end of which we will discover the culprit standing over a corpse in the conservatory with a …

WW1 Lena Ashwell parties: Shining a light on the young women who brought music to the trenches

WW1 centenary: A new play seeks to shine a light on the brave young British women who toured the battlefields of the First World War to perform for soldiers. One of the authors, Dr Anne Farthing, explains all<p>As we <b>commemorate the centenary of World War One</b>, we are finally starting to build a more …

The First World War still touches Britain

The lost lives we commemorate have added meaning in light of the troubles of today<p>Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War, a chance to remember the fallen at church services or at wreath layings across the country. In the evening, many Britons will be lighting a …

The start of the First World War was a seminal moment in modern history

It shaped almost every aspect of the world in which we now live – the first act in a drama that lasted until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991<p>The final weekend of peace was sunny and warm. On the Bank Holiday Monday, day trippers flocked to the most popular resorts, Blackpool and Brighton, …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

NASA’s New Space Suit Lets Astronauts Dress In Seconds

Even the toughest, smartest astronaut looks silly getting dressed for space. But a new suit design will make the process near-instantaneous.<p>If you stepped into the vacuum of space in whatever you’re wearing now, you actually might be okay. You won’t pass out. Your blood won’t boil, nor would it …

Space Exploration

Giving Us Space: What You Can Learn From NASA About Content and Social Media

How NASA has created a steady stream of fascinating, accessible content to bring science and space closer to home.<p>With its impeccable production values, suspenseful music, and impassioned scientists, NASA’s YouTube video “Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror” almost …

Social Media

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon–and return him back safely–by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

Space Science

Red Bull Stratos Shatters Records–And Traditional Notions Of Marketing

“I know the whole world is watching now,” said Felix Baumgartner, at the edge of space. They were–Red Bull Stratos set viewing records and marked another giant leap for a brand that’s setting the standard for content marketing.<p>For most brands, a risky marketing move consists of not testing the copy …

Think Your Job Is Hard? Watch NASA Crew’s Riveting “7 Minutes Of Terror” Mars Landing

[youtube Ki_Af_o9Q9s]<p>Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, on a long journey through space. On August 6th, the rover will touch down in a crater on Mars and begin its study of climate, geology, and any potential signs of life on the red planet. …

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

Milk And Koblin Reunite For Animation Platform “This Exquisite Forest”

The makers of Wilderness Downtown create a new collaborative animation platform, This Exquisite Forest.<p>Director Chris Milk and Google’s resident data artist Aaron Koblin, the team responsible for the groundbreaking <i>Wilderness Downtown</i> and <i>The Johnny Cash Project</i> have partnered again, with Google, on</i> …

SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal

Elon Musk’s private space company has secured its first contract from the U.S. Air Force. Does this move SpaceX into an innovative new frontier of the 21st-century space race?<p>SpaceX has somewhat quietly landed a pivotal deal this week: Mission orders from the United States Air Force Space and …

Space Travel

A Rare, Stunning Glimpse Inside The World’s Space Programs [Slideshow]

Vincent Fournier’s crisp, detached pictures of space facilities straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.<p>Vincent Fournier has the dream job of anyone who ever fantasized about being an astronaut (but shrinked away from the zero-G simulator): For the past decade he has traveled to space …

Stanley Kubrick

Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars

According to a press release from the American Geophysical Union, the Voyager 1 space probe has passed beyond the heliosphere of our solar system. The discovery is being published as a scientific paper, but curiously NASA seems reluctant to agree with its conclusions.<p>The heliosphere is the bubble …

Space

Space As A Creative Muse

Space Art? No. This is art about earth, as told through space.<p>In space, every gram of weight, every liter of oxygen, and every movement of the body has massive consequences. Which makes it no place for art, you’d think. But as <i>Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration</i>, a new show at …

Space Exploration

Photographing Star Trails From Space, At 17,000 MPH

Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great Photoshop…of something.<p>In truth, these photos offer us a glimpse of …

Space

Watch: An Astronaut’s One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.<p>It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Space

Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean

When the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled Neil Armstrong and his colleagues to the Moon had done their brief but fiery job, they were simply left to tumble through the atmosphere. They then fell, discarded, into the Atlantic ocean, where all those millions of dollars of cutting edge tech bits …

Space Travel

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Mars

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Exploration

Director Rian Johnson’s Full-Length Spoiler: A Downloadable “Looper” Commentary Track

Some movies benefit from repeat viewings. The time travel genre seems like an especially ripe candidate for double-dipping–since the ending of such movies often alters one’s perception of everything that came beforehand, it’s tempting to go back and see how the logic holds up. In the case of the …

How to Buy and Store Summer Fruits and Vegetables

How to buy and store 16 in-season summer fruits and vegetables, from cucumbers and basil to cherries and corn<p><b>With the sudden burst of produce hitting farmers' markets</b> and grocery store shelves, food shopping in the summer can feel like a very leafy, juicy Christmas. But it's also overwhelming to …

Gardening

How to Use Stone Fruit Pits

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: When it comes to stone fruit, it's what's on the inside that counts.</i><p>Around …