Michael Saffarewich

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Will The Crac des Chevaliers Survive The Syrian Civil War?

It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.<p>High on a hill, almost halfway …

Pope Francis calls abortion 'horrendous crime' and 'very grave sin'

ROME — Often faulted by critics as not being sufficiently clear when it comes to the Church’s negative judgment on abortion, Pope Francis on Sunday …

New York City has a charming 4,000-person island that most people have never heard of — here's what it's like

New Yorkers rarely explore the tourist destinations in their own city.<p>I've never been to the Statue of Liberty, for example, and have visited the Empire State Building only once, when I was barely old enough to walk.<p>But there's a destination in the city that New Yorkers and tourists alike have …

New England

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

Water on Mars mystery solved? Scientists believe this is the reason why water on the Red Planet disappeared - IBTimes India

The new study finds out that Mars had lakes and oceans just like Earth but it disappeared.<p>This new study proves that Martian surface was not as …

The 10 Most Essential Winter Slow Cooker Recipes

While the slow cooker is really an all-season tool in the kitchen, it shines most in the cold winter months, when it can work overtime churning out …

Cooking

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA. In fact, mounting evidence suggests it's …

Nobel Prize-winning detectors revealed a cosmic cataclysm

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every time a new telescope has been turned on, we have learned something fundamental about our universe.<p>Galileo's first telescope saw the moons of Jupiter and forever destroyed the idea that the Earth was at the center of the universe. Edwin Hubble used the Mount Wilson Observatory in 1917 …

Black Holes

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

What Earth looks like to far-out celestial bodies

Glance at the stars, glance back in time.<p>When we look at stars in the night sky, we’re actually looking back in time. Since it takes a while for light to cross the vast emptiness of the universe—even at a blistering 186,000 miles per second—we’re seeing each celestial object as it looked eons ago. …

Universe

Goodbye, Saturn — It Was Nice Seeing You

The Cassini spacecraft brought the planet, its rings and its moons into stunning view.<p>Just six months after the Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn, …

Farewell to the Greatest Space Mission of Our Time

A strange device sits on the end table, a few dozen vertical light strips around a thicker column in the center, like a tall model carousel. Light trickles down the strips, then up. On the center column, the names of spacecraft scroll by on an LED display: VOYAGER. MER-B (for Mars Exploration Rover …

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy’s centre<p>An enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the …

Black Holes

One of Our Fundamental Assumptions About Black Holes Was Just Overturned in The Lab

We have a problem.<p>Black holes are the most intense and mysterious cosmic phenomena in the Universe, and new research shows we understand even less …

Black Holes

A Beginner's Guide to Sake - Chowhound

Well, this is embarrassing. I’ve spent the better part of the last five years building a career as a sommelier, studying wine as well as key …

Alcohol

The terrifying way our universe will end — and when

Our universe is racing toward its destruction as we speak. The end is not going to be especially pleasant, but when that end will happen is still a point of contention amongst cosmologists. Following is a transcript of the video:<p><i>Everything has a beginning and an end — including our universe. But</i> …

Black Holes

The 20 Biggest Plot Holes In World History. The Titanic One Is So True.

1. That Jesus character was killed off and now he's back? I don't get it.<p>2. So let me get this straight... These American guys acquire this …

This Mind-Bending Theory Joins Black Holes, Gravitational Waves & Axions to Find New Physics

We haven't seen physicists this excited for a while.<p>Scientists have proposed a new theory that combines some of the most mysterious phenomena in the …

Chironomid Midge: The Tiny Secret to Catching Colossal Trout

The first time I witnessed the power of chironomids was back in the 1990s on Lenice Lake in Washington state. I had been stripping a leech fly for …

Fishing

Harvard Scientists Theorize That Fast Radio Bursts Come From Alien Space Travel

Could these mysterious flashes of radio waves come from a planet-sized device to power alien spacecraft?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRB) are perhaps the most mysterious phenomena we observe in the cosmos. Earlier this year, astronomers announced they had pinpointed an FRB for the first time in a dwarf …

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Science Fiction

10 Common Flyfishing Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But the fly anglers who make the fewest land the most fish. Watching out for these 10 easily correctable but …

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.<p>Recent measurements of the distances and velocities of faraway galaxies don’t agree with a hard-won “standard model” of the cosmos that has …

Earth - How the Universe can expand if there is no extra space

The Universe can expand without there being anything outside it for it to expand into, says science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker. He explains this mind-bending idea to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million</i> …

The Observer view on president-elect Donald Trump | Observer editorial

America and the world enter the unknown<p>The inauguration of a US president is normally a moment of great hope. It is a celebration of representative democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. It is an affirmation that the ideals and laws set out in the 1787 US constitution, still a global …

Poland - your next foodie destination - Grown-up Travel Guide.com

by Andy Higgs in Home.<p>More and more Grown-up Travellers are discovering the many attractions that Poland has to offer – dynamic cities, spectacular …

Cooking

The Latest: Turkey wants more air support from coalition

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):<p>2:45 p.m.<p>Turkey has complained about a lack of aerial support from the U.S.-led …

The Year In Science: From Gravitational Waves To CRISPR, Here Are The Biggest Science Newsmakers Of 2016

2016 has been, to put it mildly, a complicated year. The same can be said about the world of science, which witnessed some of the biggest …

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

Ancient Greece