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US daredevil Jeb Corliss: 'I started crying' after surviving 'flying dagger' stunt

JIANGSHAN, China -- Jeb Corliss' weekend flight through a mountain fissure was a spectacular stunt, "the single gnarliest thing I've ever done in my life," as he put it. But it almost never happened.<p>Saturday afternoon's stunt, dubbed the "flying dagger," came at the end of a nerve-wracking few …

US shutdown: a guide for non-Americans

Please explain what just happened<p>The US government has begun shutting its non-essential services. Hundreds of thousands of workers are waking up to the news that they are on unpaid leave, and they don't know how long it will last. The shutdown, triggered at midnight Washington time, will bring a …

UN inspectors prepare to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons cache

A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: to dismantle one of the world's biggest chemical weapons arsenals, during a civil war, under extreme deadline …

No DNA evidence to place Amanda Knox at the murder scene

Amanda Knox’s DNA was nowhere to be found in the bedroom in which Meredith Kercher was found stabbed to death, an Italian court heard.<p>On the first day of the American’s retrial, the court in Florence was told that there was however ample DNA evidence from Rudy Guede, the Ivorian drifter who is …

Mom of girl in iconic Kenya photo: ‘Regular men’ saved us

Trapped in a mall in Nairobi with her three young daughters as Islamic terrorists stormed the building, Katherine Walton was able to get to safety thanks to a group of courageous men.<p>An iconic photo from the attack shows Walton’s 4-year-old daughter, Portia, fleeing into the arms of Abdul Haji, the …

Every Sci-Fi Starship Ever*, In One Mindblowing Comparison Chart

Holy hell, that is a LOT of starships.<p>This comparison chart, compiled by DeviantARTist Dirk Loechel, presents what he says is an accurate …

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

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And they're off!

Grant Thornton's Global Dynamism Index rankings refer to the improvements an economy has made over the last year in various segments, from financing to labor markets, all of which are deemed likely to lead to faster future growth. Unfortunately, the U.S. isn't in the top 10, but that doesn't mean …

China Humming Along

China is no safe haven for short sellers.<p>The HSBC Flash PMI data released on Monday showed a six-month high in the purchase managers’ index to 51.2 this month from 50.1 in August. That’s the highest the privately recorded HSBC PMI figure has been since April of this year.<p>When it comes to PMI, …

President Obama jokes 'I'm scared of my wife'

<b>US President Barack Obama conquered a long-term smoking habit because he was afraid of his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, he has joked with a UN official.</b><p>The jesting admission, which the president made apparently unaware he was on camera, came at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.<p>Mr …

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Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

Luxembourg prince marries commoner in laid-back civil service

Unlike the pomp surrounding the nuptials of other European royalty lately, Prince Felix of Luxembourg married his girlfriend in a low-key civil ceremony Tuesday.<p>The prince, 29, married Claire Lademacher in her native Germany just outside her hometown of Frankfurt. The civil service was witnessed by …

The Crazy-Specific Colors Biologists Use To Describe Animals

Is this lizard opaline green? Perhaps more pistachio?<p>In field biology, describing a lizard as "green" just won't do when the exact shade could be the key to identifying a species. You need to be specific: There's pale green, grass green, citrine, and 48 other greens to choose from in the new <i>Color</i> …

Visions of the Future: CSR, Sustainable Business & Capitalism in 2020

<b>By Wayne Visser</b><p><i>Part of the</i> <i>Searching for Sustainable Business</i> <i>series</i><p>Over the last 12 weeks, I have shared examples from around the world of an approach …

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Kenya water discovery brings hope for drought relief in rural north

Two vast underground aquifers, storing billions of litres of water, have been discovered in the poorest and least developed area of Kenya.<p>The finds, in Turkana county in the north west, were uncovered using new technology to interpret ground-penetrating radar from satellites. Professor Judy …

Danger on the tracks: Unsafe rail cars carry oil through US towns

The number of freight trains carrying oil across America has soared in the past five years, but federal officials warn that the massive steel tank cars that carry most of that oil through towns and past schools – the same cars that exploded in Quebec this summer, killing 47 -- may be unsafe and …

Choosing Solitude

By Samantha Cullen<p>As a single woman living on my own, I often feel the need to fill my time. I pack my days with friends, outings, activities -- even when those things aren't really what I want to be doing. Lately, I'm challenging my tendency to overschedule my life by consciously basking in my …

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What's the Average Debt for a College Graduate? The Answer May Surprise You

I recently spoke to high school students in Jackson, Miss., about how they could pay for college without going broke. Before I started, I asked two …

Scientists confirm existence of new, super-heavy element 'ununpentium'

A heavyweight contender for the periodic table<p>Swedish scientists have confirmed the existence of a new super-heavy element, temporarily dubbed ununpentium for its position at the 115th spot on the periodic table. First proposed by Russian scientists back in 2004, the new element was created by a …

Scientists Learn to Grow 'Mini' Human Brains in a Lab

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A team of scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Austria have developed a method …

Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say

Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources.<p>“Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire …

Meet 115, the Newest Element on the Periodic Table

The extremely heavy element was just confirmed by scientists in Sweden.<p><b>If you've learned all the elements from actinium to zirconium, it's time to head back to the periodic table, where there's a new, extremely heavy element in town.</b><p><b>The new element doesn't have an official name yet, so scientists</b> …

On the hunt for a virtual bigfoot

In the darkest corner of <i>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas</i>' wilderness, a shadowy figure emerges through the pixelated mist. Or does it? For almost a decade, some gamers have claimed that a virtual bigfoot wanders the plains of Rockstar's fictional landscape, echoing the real-life search for the …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …