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Curiosity’s 10 best images of Mars in 2015

As of December, 2015, Curiosity has acquired over 292,000 images from Mars’ surface. Here are our picks for the top 10 images by the rover in …

Update: 2015 TB145 likely a dead comet

Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a …

Astronomy

Maryland gets okay to recall Confederate flag license plates; Virginia's recall meets defiance

Maryland got the okay from a judge to recall Confederate flag special license plates, joining Virginia -- where a similar recall effort has encountered near universal defiance from owners of the tags to return them.<p>Both states acted to recall the plates after a self-proclaimed white supremacist …

Germany investigates mock gallows for Merkel at anti-Islam rally | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have opened an investigation after a demonstrator held up a mock gallows with nooses marked for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her deputy at a protest organized by anti-Islam movement PEGIDA on Monday.<p>People hold up a mock hangman's gallows with a sign reading …

A Constitutional Right to Hovercraft?

The U.S. Supreme Court considers an odd case from Alaska, with the fraught question of federal management of Western lands hovering in the background.<p>“Raisins are not wild animals even when they are dancing,” Michael McConnell told the U.S. Supreme Court last term, thereby winning the first annual …

Forests

In eerie emptiness of Chernobyl's towns, wildlife flourishing

The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in …

Pepsi is launching an Android phone in China

A brand-new brand phone<p>If I told you that there was a new Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera, would any of that information turn your head? Possibly. But what if it only cost $200, and it was being sold by Pepsi?<p>…

North Korea stages massive military parade, says ready to defend itself against U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Presiding over a massive military parade in the nation's capital, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country was "fully ready" to defend itself against any U.S. threat.<p>In a carefully choreographed show of strength and celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' …

Hidden Fossil Collection Offers Unique Window Into Extinction

For nearly a century, thousands of fossils belonging to the massive creatures that once roamed North America — saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, lions — collected dust in a bell tower in the heart of the University of California at Berkeley.<p>But now, this enormous collection of bones — housed in a …

Ankara Suicide Attack Plunges Turkey Deeper Into Turmoil, Hardens Political Divide

Death toll rises to 97 in Saturday bombings<p>Weekend suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital deepened turmoil and political polarization in a country that is central to both the battle against extremist group Islamic State and the migrant crisis in Europe.<p>On Sunday, …

South Asia

Central Paris to go car free for a day

Only electric-powered private vehicles will be allowed in historic city centre to persuade residents to tackle pollution<p>Private cars with petrol or diesel engines have been banned from many parts of central Paris on Sunday in an attempt to convince residents they could reduce pollution and …

France

Irish marchers demand referendum on legalising abortion

Thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday to demand that the next Irish government allow for a referendum legalising abortion in the republic. The demonstrators want a national vote on whether or not to repeal the 8th amendment to Ireland’s constitution, which effectively makes the fetus …

Eighth Amendment

Deadly violence erupts in CAR over killing of Muslim | Central African Republic News

At least 21 people have been killed and 100 wounded in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic as Muslims attacked a mainly-Christian neighbourhood, medical officials and witnesses have said.<p>Saturday's attack came after a Muslim man was killed and his body was found dumped in the street, …

Argentina Lifts Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

The country can now “move toward a national blood system that is safe, caring and inclusive,” the health minister said.<p>Argentina lifted its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men earlier this week, following a more than decade-long campaign by LGBT advocacy groups pushing for blood …

The Latest: US to give $419 million in aid to Syria refugees

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times …

Saudi-led coalition strikes kill at least 50 in Yemen | Reuters

SANAA (Reuters) - Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 50 people in Yemen when they hit a Houthi-held security compound in the north and a house in Sanaa, medical sources and officials said, in an escalating campaign that has claimed increasing civilian lives.<p>People walk at the site of a …

Apple removes malicious programs after first major attack on app store

Apple has had to remove more than 300 malware-infected apps from its app store after a tainted version of its developer tools led to a number of Chinese apps leaking users’ personal information to hackers.<p>The company confirmed on Sunday night that it was removing the apps after several …

Apps

Mysterious Phoenix highway shootings put drivers and police on high alert

In bright orange letters, the overhead electronic sign informed drivers heading westbound on Interstate 10 how many minutes it would take them to reach the suburb of Peoria. Then the message blinked to a much less routine number – the phone contact for the “I-10 shooter tip line”.<p>A mysterious …

Crime

Yemen crisis: A war for the survival of the Saudi monarchy

The civil war in Yemen between the Shiite Houthis and the pro-transitional government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi left Saudi Arabia with no choice but …

Middle East

U.S., allies conduct 25 air strikes against Islamic State militants: U.S. military | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition led by the United States bombarded Islamic State militants on Friday with 22 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, according to a statement released on Saturday.<p>In Iraq, the air strikes near Tuz, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Mosul and other locations hit tactical units and …

Moldovans camp out in protest over corruption

Hundreds of demonstrators in Moldova have been camping outside Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet's office, protesting against corruption.<p>They are demanding the resignation of the government after a 1 billion US dollar (19.50 billion Moldovan Leu) bank fraud.<p>Protesters say their country is ruled by …

Greek authorities search for migrants after emergency call

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say they are searching for a group of migrants who made an emergency call saying they were in danger while crossing a river marking the border between Greece and Turkey.<p>Police and fire department officials said Wednesday an unidentified person called …

Refugee crisis shows the changing soul of Germany | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe’s refugee crisis is revealing the changing soul of Germany.<p>Migrants arrive at main railway station in Munich, Germany September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle<p>Back in 2010, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multi-culturalism in Germany had been an abject failure; …

Japan flooding: 2.8 million advised to evacuate

<b>Joso, Japan (CNN) —</b> Japan advised almost 3 million people to evacuate after heavy flooding killed seven people and left at least 15 missing in the eastern region of the country.<p>At least 27 people have been injured across 10 prefectures since floods inundated parts of eastern Japan after a tropical …

How Undersea Enigmas Reproduced Before the Dawn of Sex

Birds do it. Bees do it. And over 541 million years ago, weird organisms that looked like armored carpets did it. Exactly how they did so, though, was a bit different from the ways we’re familiar with.<p>University of Cambridge paleontologist Emily Mitchell and colleagues were the ones to reconstruct …

The Week In Numbers: Sad News For Life On Mars, Earth's Smallest Car, And More

<b>1.3 parts per billion</b>: the maximum concentration of methane in the Martian atmosphere, according to a new analysis from the rover Curiosity (sadly, this means the red planet is probably not home to living organisms)<p><b>260 million</b>: the number of surfaces in this astounding room designed by computer …