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ISIS Beheads 81-Year-Old Scholar Who Tried To Protect Antiquities

ISIS militants beheaded a renowned Syrian archaeologist in the ancient town of Palmyra, and then hung his body from one of the town's Roman columns.<p>NPR's Alice Fordham reported on the brutal murder of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad:<p>"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state media report …

Human Rights

Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden

Forensic testing of 400-year-old pipes suggest playwright might have smoked more than just tobacco<p>South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William Shakespeare contained cannabis, suggesting the playwright might have written some of his …

Astronauts are about to eat the first food grown in space

Space: the final frontier for leafy greens.<p>The first food grown and harvested in space—a crop of red lettuce—is about to be eaten by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The lettuce was grown for 15 months with a system called Veg-01, which uses red, blue, and green LED lights to grow …

Space Exploration

Watch in awe as an F-16 fighter jet ascends to 15,000 feet in 20 seconds

One of the most nerve-wracking parts of a flight for many people is takeoff. Once the plane is at cruising altitude, everything’s all right, but …

The researchers behind 'the biggest biotech discovery of the century' found it by accident

Doudna tells Business Insider that they were studying the system that bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses, something that might be considered basic research, science pursued just for the sake of greater understanding.<p>Their project was a curiosity-driven initiative to understand a …

Genetics

A Single Guy Quit His Job And Spent A Year Interviewing Couples In Love - This Is The Best Relationship Advice He Learned

Nate Bagley says he was sick of hearing love stories that fell into one of two categories - scandal and divorce, and unrealistic fairytale.<p>So he …

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that …

Here's what two scientists think it will take to save the planet

Carroll visited Wilson's office at Harvard University for a free-ranging, hours-long chat. It covered concerns for the future and reminiscing about the past - and morphed into an idea for a global campaign to unite biologists behind the common cause of saving the natural world, a prerequisite for …

Biology

Space radio waves align in mysterious mathematical pattern, could be produced by alien technology

Mysterious bursts of energy coming from space align in a mathematical pattern, and so could be emanating from alien technology, according to …

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Microscopic gold tubes can both detect and destroy cancer cells

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the …

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan

Spaceships are great, but to explore the weird world that is Titan, a space sub might make more sense. Fortunately, NASA is already working on a design.<p>I think we can now officially say that NASA's real-life mission concepts have met, if not exceeded, the wildest dreams of Jules Verne and the other …

Astronomy

Next Year, NASA Could Get An Extra $500 Million And A Mission To Europa

Finally!<p>President Obama wants to give NASA’s missions a big boost. Monday afternoon, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden updated the nation on the state of its space agency, noting that the Obama administration is proposing an $18.5 billion budget for NASA for the 2016 fiscal year. That’s about $500 …

14 things that may not exist in 2020

You'd be surprised by how much can change in only five years.<p>Assuming we're all still here in 2020, the world will more than likely look very …

Hubble Space Telescope

Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind

Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.<p>Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere …

Renewable Energy

65 of the Best iOS Apps From 2014

Another year, another great set of new apps that hit the iOS store. As you unwrap your new iPhone or iPad, get these apps installed on your new device!<p>More of an Android person? Check out 60 of the best Android apps launched in 2014.<p>Productivity<p>Workflow<p>Hot off the presses, Workflow is a new app …

An amazing first image of the sun from NASA's NuSTAR, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array

Via NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this amazing image is one of the first shot by the <i>Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array</i>, or NuSTAR.<p>A larger …

Sony Pictures cancels release of The Interview

Sony Pictures has canceled the theatrical release of <i>The Interview</i>, the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, reports CNN.<p>The decision comes after a number of major U.S. theater chains postponed the movie's debut, following threats invoking the 9/11 attacks from the group that hacked Sony …

Titan: Nasa scientists discover evidence 'that alien life exists on Saturn's moon'

Evidence that life exists on Titan, one of Saturn’s biggest moons, appears to have been uncovered by Nasa scientists.<p>Researchers at the space agency believe they have discovered vital clues that appeared to indicate that primitive aliens could be living on the moon.<p>Data from Nasa's Cassini probe …

More earth like planets Found, Are there Aliens or Another home for Man?

Is there Alien life? i guess the cosmos is too big for us to explore all of it unless the technology in star trek or star wars was already here, Is …

These Stunning Hubble Images Show Us The Secrets Of The Universe

This telescope, which uses a series of high-resolution cameras to observe the visible universe, has captured the hearts of the public with its stunning images and the hearts of the scientific community with its wealth of data collected over the last 24 years.<p>Many wonders of our universe, including …

Universe

Building a better Paris in 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

It took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, starting with the first bricks in 1163. For Caroline Miousse, a level artist on <i>Assassin's Creed Unity</i>, building a virtual likeness centuries later took considerably less time — she spent around two years modelling the landmark inside and …

Blood cells modified by researchers hunt cancer — with success

19 of 30 patients treated with genetically-modified T cells remain in remission from otherwise-fatal leukemia<p>The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s …

Diplo Shares Two-Hour Hip-Hop Mix on BBC Radio

This weekend on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show "Diplo and Friends", Diplo played a two-hour hip-hop mix, in celebration of the station's hip-hop month. It features the likes of Madvillain, Nas, Biggie, 2Pac, Mary J. Blige, EPMD, J Dilla, the Fugees, Beastie Boys, De La Soul, and more. You can listen to …

Rap & Hip-Hop