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Kinetic Bridge in London Opens and Closes Like a Traditional Hand Fan

British firm Knight Architects and structural engineers AKT II recently completed the <i>Merchant Square Footbridge</i>, a bridge in Paddington, London that opens and closes like a traditional, Japanese hand fan. Consisting of five steel steel beams that rise and fall using hydraulic jacks, the structure …

Built Environment

10 fitness apps to put more zip in our workouts

Whether your fitness goal is weight loss, running an ultramarathon, or mastering the perfect downward dog, there’s an app for every form of exercise out there. Your smartphone is increasingly a handy-sized personal trainer, barking orders from your pocket with the same guilt-inducing frequency as …

Go Beyond Emoticons and Avatars: comiXchat Messaging App

There’s a new chat app in town that doesn’t feature a new way to shoot selfies or make anything mysteriously disappear — and it’s not dull and boring.<p>comiXchat, a free messaging app by Nubis that displays individual or group chats in an artistically appointed, hand-drawn comic interface, debuts …

Leaders of Iraq's Anbar province call for U.S. ground forces to stop ISIS

ISIS fighters stood Saturday on the verge of taking not just a key Syrian town along the Turkish border, but also an entire province on Baghdad's doorstep -- spurring leaders of that province to urgently plead for U.S. ground troops to halt the Islamist extremist group's rapid, relentless …

U.N. says thousands likely to be massacred if jihadists take Kobani

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces defending Kobani urged a U.S.-led coalition to escalate air strikes on Islamic State fighters who tightened their grip on the Syrian town at the border with Turkey on Saturday.<p>A group that monitors the Syrian civil war said the Kurdish forces …

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town from ISIS

Kurdish militiamen are putting up a fierce fight to defend a Syrian town near the border with Turkey but are struggling to repel the Islamic State group, which is advancing and pushing in from two sides, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said Saturday.<p>The battle for Kobani is still raging …

Kurds again dare to dream of uniting in their own country

They have not forgotten their treatment at the hands of competing foreign and regional powers<p>Contemporary Kurdish aspirations for statehood date from the end of the first world war, when the remains of the Ottoman empire were divided into what became the contemporary state system of the Middle East.<p>…

Beleaguered at home, Turkey loses friends abroad as Isis threat grows

His government is less than two months old, but there has been no honeymoon period for the new Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Wednesday, in particular, was full of woe.<p>That was the day authorities rushed to impose a curfew in five largely Kurdish provinces. Angry demonstrations over the …

Three car bombs kill as many as 40 in Baghdad

Three car bombs exploded in rapid succession in Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital late Saturday, killing as many as 40 people as U.S. airstrikes continued to hit Islamic State militants in western and northern Iraq.<p>The car bombings shattered a brief respite from violence in Baghdad …

Islam

Kobane: Teenage girls fight as Turkish forces stand back

Islamic State jihadists continue to seize control of the Syria border town, forcing Kurdish girls to take up arms as coalition military avoids ground invasion<p>The small body being lowered into the open grave summed up the David versus Goliath nature of the desperate battle to save Kobane.<p>As Fatima …

A different style of student life

While one-to-one university tutorials aren't for everyone, Hugo Stevensen says they are one of the reasons he chose the American-style Liberal Arts education at NCH<p>I will start with a confession; I used to be rubbish at <b>university</b>. Seriously, I went to the wrong lectures, failed to grasp the thrust …