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The oldest buildings on Earth

Archaeology

You Can Measure Your Charisma With Just 6 Questions, According to This Study

It's simpler than you'd think.<p>I have a select few friends I would call genuinely charismatic - the rest are kind, and/or funny, and/or outgoing, but …

A new website lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — and the results are undeniably cool

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Grafomap<p>I've lived in my current apartment for six months, and I still have yet to find wall art my partner and I both like enough to hang …

Wall Art

Map of Ancient Egyptian Sites and Settlements.

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Geography

Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines to war

In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge.<p>The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864.<p>The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.<p>The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts …

Military

2,000-year-old pre-Aztec ancient palace complex found in Mexico

There’s so much we don’t know about ancient civilizations, but the discovery of a 30,031-square-foot palace complex in Mexico may yield some hints. …

Rome if you want to: university offers free virtual tour of ancient city

University of Reading launches online course allowing students to explore the Rome of 315AD using an immersive 3D panoramic model<p>Students from all over the world who sign up to a new free online course on ancient Rome from the University of Reading will be invited to explore its temples, monuments, …

Living Rooms

Big Game: U.S. Soldiers’ Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest

The U.S. is waging secret warfare around the world—but the operations in and around Kenya’s Boni National Reserve are some of the most mysterious.<p><i>A</i> …

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

Let’s get to it: Peru is the place to be.<p>Peru is a destination that begs to be explored. In this vast and storied land, ancient, colonial, and modern traditions meld together for an unforgettable cultural experience. No matter the type of traveler—history buff, adventurer, or foodie—Peru offers a …

Trump's refugee policy raises a question: How do you tell a Christian from a Muslim?

In President Trump's telling, the Middle East is a place where Christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads.<p>The U.S. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity.<p>"If you were a Muslim, you …

Trump's state department purge sparks worries of 'know-nothing approach' to foreign policy

The sudden dismissal of several senior officials has left a gaping hole at the heart of US diplomacy: ‘The machinery is still there, but no one’s in the cockpit’<p>Thomas Countryman was on his way to Rome for an international meeting on nuclear weapons on Wednesday when he found out he had been …

U.S. Dept. of State

When even men who risk their lives for the US are denied entry, the dream of America is dead

When the five visas came through – enough for his three children and his wife - Hameed Khalid Darweesh wasted no time. He and his family boarded the first flight they could get from Erbil in Kurdistan to New York, via Istanbul.<p>Mr Darweesh had spent a decade working for American forces in Iraq, …

5 Empires that Totally Dominated History

<i>So how does the United States of America match up with all these behemoths? The United States is certainly the world’s most powerful nation ever,</i> …

Welcome to the suck: Here's what life at Marine boot camp is like

Every Friday, a new crop of Marines leaves the base, and they leave happily.<p>The 12-week program is widely considered the most hellish of all recruit training regimens in the U.S. Military.<p>Here at Parris Island, the legendary drill instructors (DIs) make sure every waking moment of a recruit's life …

Military

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City

<b>New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think.</b><p>When talking about <i>Science and the City</i>, I’m often asked about the earliest days of urbanization – when and where did we build the first ‘proper’ city? What influence did those early settlements have on their …

Urban Planning

George Orwell Explains How “Newspeak” Works, the Official Language of His Totalitarian Dystopia in 1984

As we noted yesterday, and you likely noticed elsewhere, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel <i>1984</i> shot to the top of the charts—or the Amazon …

Literature

Boom completes wind tunnel testing, paving the way for supersonic airplane construction

Supersonic airplane startup Boom has just completed a key step on the way to building a production supersonic passenger jet; the startup finished its wind tunnel testing, verifying its first two years of aerodynamic design work and setting the stage for building the airframe that will eventually …

Aviation

Bucks' Parker: Maker will be NBA's best 7-footer

Saturday's 109-97 loss to the Miami Heat marked the first career start for Thon Maker, the 10th overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks. It was also just …

Basketball

Tesla releases new up-close drone footage of Gigafactory 1 in Nevada

Things are getting busy at the Gigafactory this month. Tesla and Panasonic have confirmed the start of battery cell production. Volume production of Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 are set to start as deliveries of the home battery pack are being confirmed in the first few markets and more Powerpack 2 …

Tesla
NBA

CUT THE CORD: Here's a guide to every live streaming service on the market or coming soon

This last year has seen two live streaming services, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, refine themselves into well-functioning cable TV alternatives. AT&T also presented its own internet TV solution, DIRECTV NOW, but it apparently hasn't worked out the kinks as well as its predecessors.<p>2017 promises a …

Televisions

Why Is It Taking So Long To Figure Out Planet Nine?

<i>We have the mass and orbital parameters of a large planet in the outer solar system. Astronomers don’t seem to care?</i><p>Nothing short of caring deeply can cause astronomers to publish such a burst of papers on an as-yet theoretical planet, too distant to have already been captured by our numerous …

Universe

Top Japanese Restaurants in Seattle That Go Beyond Sushi and Ramen

For many, the only images that come to mind when they picture Japanese food are sushi and ramen. In reality, those are only two of a wide variety of styles that are considered Japanese cuisine, and in fact tend to be the specialty of the restaurant realm, rather than of Japanese home cooks. Seattle …

Japan

New For 2017: The Most Anticipated Hip Hop Releases Of 2017

What’s happening world, welcome to 2017! Right now it’s the time to speculate on how the year will shape up musically. In 2016, after a mostly …

The 12 Best Travel Sites And Apps You Need Right Now

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning your next life-changing trip. But with so many options to choose from and so little time to plan, you’re gonna need some assistance.<p>Behold 12 of our favorite travel sites, popular with travel bloggers and backpackers alike. They’ll take care …

McDonald's

An Animated History of Russia

James Suibhne has created a highly informative animated history of Russia as part of his ongoing series of animated history videos which previously …

Why There Are So Many Towns Across North America

Where towns get built throughout history may seem pretty random to the modern eye, but there’s actually a pretty simple calculus that can explain why …

The hottest 50 video games you shouldn't miss in 2017

Back at work, eh? Or is it school? Or perhaps, worst of all, you've had no time off in the past few weeks? Stay cool, ice cold — <i>stay cool</i>.<p>Whether we like it or not, 2017 is already roaring ahead at full steam.<p>And with the ever-present passage of time comes a bounty of brand-new video games. Are you …

Gaming

Donald Trump's fight with America's spies

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump's feud with the intelligence community is taking on surreal overtones just over two weeks before his inauguration, raising the potential of unusual tension with the nation's top spies when he moves into the White House.<p>Unless he changes course, Trump will take …

Donald Trump

A Curator Spent 9 Days Filming the Syrian Civil War From His Aleppo Apartment Window

Art curator and photographer Issa Touma talks about shooting the footage that became the Syrian war documentary ‘9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo’.<p>When Aleppo-based curator and gallerist Issa Touma noticed Syrian Civil War combatants on the streets below his East Aleppo home, he didn’t run—he …

Middle East