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Paleontology

This Tiny Camera Takes Pictures Of Space That Would Make NASA Blush

The Tiny1 is a point-and-shoot designed for astrophotography.<p>Ever been out under a beautiful night sky, and tried to take a picture of it with your smartphone or a handheld camera? If so, you know how bad the results usually are: the sky-filling moon in a sea of bright stars reduced to a smudge of …

Astronomy

The Xbox One S could be 4K Blu-ray's white knight. And it plays games, too.

The $300 Xbox One S will be the cheapest 4k Blu-ray player when it's released in August, making it a potent weapon in the disc format's battle against 4K streaming video.<p>Could Microsoft's latest game console be the X factor that helps 4K Blu-ray become mainstream?<p>The first 4K TVs hit the market in …

Televisions

Master Chief Finally Takes Off His Helmet in This Funny Halo 5 Video

Microsoft's Halo 5: Guardians may already be out the door and selling well, but the company is not putting an end to its promotional efforts for the sci-fi shooter just yet. The latest example is a funny new advertisement that brings Halo 5 into the world of <i>Robot Chicken</i>-style stop-motion …

New England Patriots

US-trained Division 30 rebels 'betrayed US and hand weapons over to al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria'

Pentagon-trained rebels are reported to have betrayed US and handed weapons over to Jabhat al-Nusra immediately after entering Syria<p>Pentagon-trained rebels in Syria are reported to have betrayed their American backers and handed their weapons over to al-Qaeda in Syria immediately after re-entering …

Middle East

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 local:<p>___<p>8:25 p.m.<p>White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will direct nearly $419 million in humanitarian aid toward helping Syrian …

European Union

All Rainbow Six Siege DLC maps will be free, Ubisoft confirms

Rainbow Six Siege's DLC maps will be free, Ubisoft has promised.<p>The team-based multiplayer shooter launches with 11 maps, Ubisoft said, and in an …

Oath Keepers Want to Arm Ferguson Protesters

The Oath Keepers, an activist group comprised mostly of current and former soldiers, police and first responders who profess to defend the …

Nepal Earthquake Day 2: In Pictures

Pakistan

Video Games Should Be More Expensive

There are a lot of shady business practices that go on in the video game industry, from graphics downgrades to day-one downloadable content (DLC.)<p>But a lot of the practices that bother consumers the most, from DLC to pre-order bonuses to micro-transactions in full-priced games, are a result of one …

Gaming Industry

Photos: Inside China’s unknown mega-city

Tim Franco, a Paris-born photographer now based in Shanghai, has spent the past five-plus years documenting the intense change that urbanization has brought to the Chinese mega-city of Chongqing.<p>Until 1997, Chongqing was a neglected city in the poor Sichuan province. It is two hours by plane to any …

China

Polish general: Russia is trying to wage hybrid warfare in our country

Polish general Stanisław Koziej, the head of the president's National Security Bureau, has told Newsweek how he is concerned Russia could reproduce the tactics that have led to months of deadly conflict in Ukraine in its NATO-member western neighbor.<p>This hybrid war wouldn't come in the form of …

Russia

U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eastern Europe, here comes the cavalry.<p>The U.S. Army says it will soon be sending armored Stryker vehicles on a 1,100-mile convoy through six European countries to show solidarity to allies in the wake of recent Russian actions in the Ukraine and Crimea that have Eastern Europe on edge.<p>The …

Military

Jihadi John will keep his UK bank account

Only six out of more than 600 British jihadists have had their bank accounts frozen under special terror laws, according to an official report.<p>The review also shows just £50,000 worth of assets was frozen in bank accounts opened by terror suspects operating in the UK.<p>The amount was branded …

Terrorism

14 Epic Canine Photobombs

Kiki Kane is a lifelong animal lover owned by two rescue dogs, a cat, and a horse. She has been blogging professionally since 2009.

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Pro-Russia victors vow to ignore deal for ceasefire in Ukraine

EU leader warns of ‘further action’ if diplomacy fails as rebels’ leadership vacuum imperils peace efforts<p>As the sun set over the cratered fields around Debaltseve, a group of pro-Russia Cossack fighters were retrieving boxes of anti-tank artillery rounds and two armoured vehicles left by Kiev’s …

Russia

Deadly Germs May Lurk In Your Doctor's Clothing

“<i>I never go to hospitals, that’s where all the sick people are.”</i> It’s an old joke that’s based on some ugly truths. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are dangerous places that can lead to a large number of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Ukraine ceasefire in tatters as clashes escalate in east

Pro-Russia and government forces fight for control of Debaltseve, with Ukrainian military saying rebels have fired on its troops 112 times in last 24 hours<p>Fighting has escalated in eastern Ukraine as government and pro-Russia forces struggle for control of the besieged town of Debaltseve, leaving …

Russia

Weekly Recap: PS4 Beats Xbox One, Molyneux Controversy, Titanfall 2

<b>THE BIG STUFF:</b><p><b>PS4 Is Best-Selling Console Once Again:</b> After being outsold by the Xbox One in November and December, Sony's PlayStation 4 finally turned the tide in January, selling more consoles than the Xbox One. Sony has sold more than 18.5 million PS4s so far, along with 81.8 million games.<p><b>EA</b> …

American held by ISIS moved by suffering of Syrian people

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kayla Mueller made helping people her life's work.<p>After graduating from college in 2009, she traveled to northern India, the Palestinian territories and Israel to assist humanitarian groups, her family said through a spokeswoman. She then went to Syria to help people whose lives had been …

North Korea

Kurds battle lack of equipment and ISIS

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Rashid Fouad Abdullah is a Kurdish peshmerga fighter in his late 50s, but he's younger than his gun.<p>It's a British artillery piece manufactured in 1941, kept in immaculate condition and in daily service as Kurdish forces tighten their grip around Iraq's second city, …

Middle East

See Battlefield Hardline's brilliant, zany reloading animations (that are known so far)

Give <i>Battlefield Hardline</i> a hand. A third hand, which pops out of nowhere to reload an assault rifle, as one of a few rare and randomly inserted animations that people are capping and laughing over during the game's beta.<p>The animations aren't unlockables or Easter eggs in a traditional sense; …

Stunning Photos of Incredibly Blue Glacier Caves in Iceland

Home to abundant waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, fields, and glaciers, Iceland is a photographer's dream come true. Mechanical engineer and photographer Skarpi Thrainsson, who was born and raised in Iceland, showcases his love for his motherland's natural beauty in stunning landscape photos. …

'Game Of Thrones' Actor Breaks Thousand-Year-Old Strength Record

<i>Game of Thrones</i> fans will recognize Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.<p>The Icelandic actor plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO fantasy drama. He’s actually the third actor to fill the role.<p>He’s also insanely strong, quite possibly stronger than the fictional Mountain himself, though by all accounts …

TV Series

Rapidly-growing Asian airlines race to find qualified pilots

NEW YORK (AP) — The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.<p>TransAsia has been adding new routes rapidly since the Taiwanese carrier went public in 2011. TransAsia and others like it …

Aviation

Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer

Mehr news agency quotes Hassan Rouhani saying sides have ‘narrowed the gaps’ as second report emerges of uranium enrichment deal with US<p>President Hassan Rouhani has said that a nuclear deal with the west is getting closer, as a report emerged of a possible compromise between American and Iranian …

South Asia

Cellphone selfies probably played part in fatal Colorado air crash

Amritpal Singh, 29, had been taking photographs with his passenger shortly before their Cessna two-seater plummeted to earth near Denver last year<p>Selfies probably contributed to a plane crash that killed a 29-year-old pilot near Denver, Colorado, in May 2014, National Transportation Safety Board …

Airplanes

How the CIA and Mossad teamed up to kill Hizbollah's 'father of smoke'

US role in killing Imad Mughniyeh with a car bomb in Damascus is revealed for the first time by former officials, who say it took President George W Bush 30 seconds to approve the operation<p>The CIA and Mossad collaborated in the 2008 assassination of a senior Hizbollah leader, detonating a car bomb …

Middle East