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Notre Dame

Obama pays tribute to victims of U.S. bombings during the 'secret war' in Laos

Eight-year-old Thoummy Silamphan wanted bamboo shoots for his family's soup, so he went into a field near his village, spotted some good ones and started digging in the soil with his hands.<p>What he also found that day 20 years ago was an American bomb left over from the<p>Vietnam Warera that had fallen …

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

Political Science

Record Store Day 2015: The Ultimate Guide

From a Metallica demo to Elvis' first acetate, these are the best releases of this year's event<p>By ,<p>This weekend, Record Store Day will be flooding …

18 Designer Gallery Walls to Spark Your Creativity

Display your art collection in style.<p>Want ideas for arranging your own gallery wall? Here are 18 examples from our favorite designers.

Google's about to blacklist thousands of Chinese websites

China's relationship with America's tech firms is barely friendly, but things are about to get that little bit rougher. Google has announced that it'll stop trusting the security certificates provided by CNNIC, China's Internet Network Information Center. The dust-up between the two is pretty dry, …

Gunmen attack university in Kenya; at least 15 dead

Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.<p>The masked attackers — strapped with explosives and …

Extremism

Germanwings crash: second black box found

Investigators find tablet computer at Andreas Lubitz’s apartment as French prosecutors say second black box found at crash site<p>Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed flight 4U9525 last week, did online research into cockpit doors and suicide methods in the …

Airplanes

Little Foot and Lucy: Two Pre-Human Species Co-Existed, Scientists Say

Scientists say a new dating technique suggests that a human ancestor whose fossils were found in a South African cave lived about 3.7 million years ago. That's roughly the same time frame during which the famous human ancestor called Lucy roamed an area in modern-day Ethiopia, thousands of miles to …

Paleontology

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

FCC spells out Net neutrality rules -- in 400 pages

The Federal Communications Commission releases the details of the rules it passed last month that regulate how Internet providers can treat data, videos and other content.<p>"This is Title II tailored for the 21st Century. Unlike the application of Title II to incumbent wireline companies in the 20th …

Net Neutrality

Obama's Climate Strategy Doesn't Require Congressional Approval

President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including …

Stonehenge Revealed: Why Stones Were a "Special Place"

Lead archaeologist at Stonehenge discusses his team's discoveries in new book.<p><b>The eerie megaliths of Stonehenge have inspired speculation for centuries.</b>

Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin

The organism, discovered just five years ago, is closely related to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.<p>A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K.<p>This is the first time that this mold, called <i>Phytophthora …

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.<p>The Earth is the "Blue Planet" because more than 70 percent of its surface is covered in water. But what does the Blue Planet look like without the blue? How would Earth appear as ... the Green Planet?<p>Something …

Astronomers Find Trio Of 'Super-Earths' Around Nearby Star

New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.<p>At just 22 light years away from Earth, Gliese …