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Read Nikola Tesla's Drone Patent... From 1898

The inventor believed unmanned machines would end all wars<p>Nikola Tesla, the inventor, electric car company namesake, and beloved darling of the internet, had a great many visions in his mind. Among the more obscure: a patent for killer robots. And not just killer robots, but killer robots he …

A 2,000-year-old unsolved mystery

We can only speculate why these ancient humans – whose perfectly preserved bodies have been discovered in bogs, mires and moors across Northern Europe – were violently murdered.<p>As my train from Hamburg to Denmark chugged past soggy green fields and sun-dappled birch forests, we passed yet another …

The man solving Malaysia flight 370

Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes.<p>Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes.<p>Gibson, 59, made headlines around …

A new use for Saddam Hussein's palace

When does a museum opening attract global attention? When it is in Iraq, in Saddam Hussein's former Lakeside Palace.<p>When Yazan Fadhli introduces himself to people and mentions that he’s from Iraq, his homeland conjures questions about the Islamic State, sectarian violence, chemical weapons and car …

An ancient fortress in the sky

For Peru’s Chachapoyan people, the ancient city of Kuelap was more than just a settlement – it was a sacred place.<p><i>If you liked this story,</i> <b>sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter</b><i>, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth,</i> …

Travel

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem's holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations.<p>On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the sole public entrance to Jerusalem’s Church of the …

Holy Sepulchre

Kristin Addis Quit Investment Banking Job to Travel the World

It was 2012 in Southern California when Kristin Addis made the decision to leave her job as an investment banker.<p>You May Also Like<p>gallery icon15 …

South-east Asia

Exploring In Nassau, Bahamas

NEW TRAVEL OFFERS<p>Oasis Resort Credits - up to $500 <br>Oasis Hotels & ...<p>All Travel Offers<p>Nassau, Bahamas, is a destination unto itself.<p>So while you’re …

Snorkel

Kiwi tourist claims she was detained in Kazakhstan because 'officials refused to believe New Zealand was a country'

A 28-year-old tourist says she was detained at an airport in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to believe that New Zealand was a country and insisted it was a state of Australia.<p>Chloe Phillips-Harris, who holds a New Zealand passport, said she was interrogated for hours and held in a …

New Zealand

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

This article presents a series of regrets that many people experience of their deathbed. It’s an interesting source of perspective for many of us who …

Should you tell your kids the ‘truth’ about Santa?

<b>Is Santa a damaging or wonderful lie? Do yourself and your kids a favour and drop the “Santa charade”. You don’t have to be a Grinch about it — just</b> …

This irresistible Russian charmed a king — and paid for it with his life

<i>There lived a certain man in Russia long ago</i> <i><br>He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow</i> <i><br>Most people looked at him with terror and with fear</i> <i><br>But</i> …

Colorado during WWII, historic images from the home front

Seventy-five years after Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor and launched the United States into World War II, the memories continue to reverberate …

Einstein's Age Of Extremism

To see the effect that xenophobia, anti-intellectualism and populist rage can have on a nation's culture, we need look no further than the life of Albert Einstein.<p>Germany in Einstein's lifetime had never been particularly hospitable to Jews, but by the early 1920s, German Jews like him were being …

Physics

Nazi Survivor to the World: Your Silence Helped Hitler

Moris Scheyer’s vivid account of successfully evading the Nazis is finally being published, and the decades have not blunted his anger at those who …

When Bigotry Paraded Through the Streets

A century ago, millions of Americans banded together in defense of white, Christian America and traditional morality—and most of their compatriots turned a blind eye to the Ku Klux Klan.<p>On August 8, 1925, more than 50,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan paraded through Washington, D.C. Some walked in …

Civil Rights

Rise in faith identity could be a good thing for all of us

Giles Fraser is correct that babies are born with religious and other forms of identity (Many of our beliefs are not chosen, we are born into them, 2 December). As we move from an age of ideology to an age of identity, more people around the world describe themselves as religious. Even in the UK, a …

Religion

Ramesses II, victor of Kadesh: a kindred spirit of Trump?

In 1274BCE, near the Levantine town of Kadesh, a miracle occurred: Ramesses II of Egypt, isolated from his forces due to faulty intelligence, single-handedly destroyed a Hittite army. Out of the 2,500 chariots attacking him, not one survived. The pharaoh subsequently threw countless enemies into …

Ancient History

You can now relive Russian history in real time on this social media feed

The year 2017 marks the centenary of Russia’s October Revolution, and history buffs can now experience the events leading up to this milestone event in an innovative way thanks to an exciting new online project.<p>The idea for the website ‘1917: Free History’ came from Mikhail Zygar, former …

Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Foods To Make This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly while eating or drinking thousands of extra calories; however, you can indulge in holiday hedonism and still bring a little culture to your kitchen. Here are just a few historical concoctions from the ancient and medieval Mediterranean that will give you a taste of the …

The ancient place where history began

The idea of Mesopotamia has intoxicated the West for centuries. Alastair Sooke takes a look at a civilisation where much of modern culture took form.<p>“Everybody has heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Flood,” says Ariane Thomas, a curator in the …

Ancient History

Trump Team Wants You to See the Iran Nuke Documents Obama’s Kept From View

Unclassified documents have been kept in ultra-secure facilities usually used for top secret materials. They could come out in January.<p>The private …

Donald Trump

Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About

America has always been aspirational to me. Even when I chafed at its hypocrisies, it somehow always seemed sure, a nation that knew what it was doing, refreshingly free of that anything-can-happen existential uncertainty so familiar to developing nations. But no longer. The election of Donald …

UN prosecutors: Mladic 'called the shots' in Bosnian war

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Gen. Ratko Mladic "called the shots" as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an …

Home Organization Hacks : Keep cables organized

Daily Life 2016 Woman of the Year: Mariam Veiszadeh

"A generation of Australians are growing up having known no other home, having known no other country, and yet are made to feel like absolute …

Human Rights

The EU is demanding that American tech giants crack down on hate speech

Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft must act faster to tackle online hate speech or they will face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.<p>The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of …

What’s the Fastest Way to Alphabetize Your Bookshelf?

We've told you about the great Japanese word "tsundoku," which describes the act of buying books and letting them pile up unread. It's an …

Snowden: Petraeus exposed more than I did - CNN Video

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden says Gen. David Petraeus, who is under consideration to be secretary of state, disclosed more "highly classified" information than he ever did.