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The Aral Sea's Disappearing Act

Satellite photos show how the depredations of dictators have turned the world’s fourth largest inland sea into a poisonous desert.<p>MOSCOW, Russia — …

No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

<b>Update on Oct. 8: The Ebola patient in Dallas, the first diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., has died.</b><p>Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!<p>That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has …

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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

Author: Brian Lam. Brian Lam Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.01.14.<p>Time of Publication: 2:21 pm. 2:21 pm<p>This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from <i>Lord</i> …

These Robots Will Mine Outer Space For Water And Minerals

Right now, though, “swarmies” are just rumbling around the Kennedy Space Center parking lot.<p>If we’re going to successfully colonize other planets after successfully ruining Earth, we’re going to need a logistics industry. That means roads, hangars, and fuel stations. It also means being able to …

Space Exploration

Tesla unveils the all-wheel drive Model ‘D’

A week after teasing the Internet with a cryptic tweet about unveiling “the D,” Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday night finally explained what he meant, debuting a new, dual-motor version of the Model S sedan with all-wheel drive.<p>At an event in Los Angeles County, Musk said the improvements — …

Solar filament snakes across the sun, may soon end in violent burst

A giant filament has appeared on the surface of the sun — and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured images of the long, dark formation.<p>Straightened out, the serpentine filament would measure about 1 million miles from end to end, stretching close to halfway around the sun.<p>Filaments are …

How the Ape Brain Assesses Risk

<b>Tom the Dancing Bug</b>, IN WHICH Charley the Australopithecine uses his ape brain to determine the greatest risk to his life.<p><b>FOLLOW:</b> @RubenBolling on …

How Not to Get Ebola

So now that a patient in a fellow Southwest border state has the world's most-feared virus, what can you do to avoid it?<p>Ebola is a relatively new …

Meet Orion, NASA's next-gen spacecraft: Trial by Fire

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launched into space for the first time in December 2014.<p>The flight plan will take it farther than any …

Siri Safety: Why Driving Hands-Free Is More Dangerous Than You Think

According to AAA, three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use while driving. I know I<p>dodid. This may not be the case …

7 killer tents for your fall camping trip

A pup tent might've been fine when you were an Eagle Scout, but as an adult you need something a bit more robust when venturing out into the …

18 Unforgettable Countries Where You Can Roll Big on Less Than $50 a Day

When you ask Americans why they don’t travel abroad, the top reason they cite is cost. But once you get on that plane to a cheaper part of the world …

Dominican Republic

These tiny RV hotel rooms are a traveling hipster's dream

Taking the concept of the classic New England beach/lake cottage hotel to its logical, hipster conclusion, a couple in Portland, Oregon's Alberta Art …

Miniature

Are virtual reality helmets the future of flying?

In an attempt to replace your terrible in-flight reality full of these awful peeps, with a pleasant, virtual one (and maybe curb your air rage in the …

How to meet women while you're traveling

Traveling while you’re single has plenty of perks, principal among them meeting -- or even hooking up with -- other people. Visiting a new place …

Rio De Janeiro

Finally, a supersonic airliner to replace the Concorde

It may not fly as fast as the Concorde, but it’s a start.<p>Aerion Corporation, a Nevada-based aerospace firm, is joining forces with Airbus to build …

Taco Bell

13 beautiful things you only see at a tailgate party

Whether it's held outside a football game or outside Jimmy Buffet's 21st Annual Farewell Tour, a tailgate party is full of sights so life-affirming …

This app makes you power hour playlists, the most popular person in the room

Building a power hour playlist is a delicate art. You need songs that work in 60-second intervals (so no, you're not allowed to play "Free Bird") and …

The US government does not want you going to any of these places

Sure, fares to Ukraine are crazy cheap at the moment, but you'd have to be crazy to go there -- unless your idea of fun involves annexations, …

Africa

The Best Clothing-Optional Resorts in the World

When you hear the words “clothing-optional resort," one of two things comes to mind: a sun-soaked orgy that makes your spring break memories feel …

Dominican Republic

Self-driving trains? London's about to have them.

If you've ever been on the London Underground, you know that, no matter what time of day it is, it's <i>always</i> crowded.<p>So in an effort to ease the …

10 ways to never pay for travel again

Traveling for free doesn't have to involve couch surfing, dumpster diving, or stowing away in the wheel well of a 747. It doesn't even have to …

Aer Lingus

Lab-grown penises ready for testing

In the next few years, researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine hope to transplant lab-grown penises into people who need …

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The Tesla Model S Won’t Be Out of Your Price Range for Long

The ability to buy a used car is hardly hot news. But we're talking about Tesla here, and how the automaker will soon be selling certified pre-owned …

Tesla

Isis militants enter Kobani on Syria's border with Turkey

US-led coalition strikes as battles reported between Isis and Kurdish defenders in key Syrian border town<p>Islamic State fighters battle Kurdish militia for Kobani: live updates<p>Warplanes believed to have been sent by the US-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State (Isis) …

What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for Japan

A case study in making a small country even smaller<p>Fifty years ago this month, Japan’s bullet trains completed their first trips and were welcomed by hundreds of people who had waited overnight in the terminals. The new high-speed line connected two massive economic hubs, Tokyo and Osaka, cutting …