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Isis video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city in Iraq

The Islamic State group has released a video that shows militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.<p>The undated video suggests that the site, on the Tigris river about 18 miles (30km) south-east of Mosul, was completely …

Mesopotamia

Streetcars of desire: why are American cities obsessed with building trams?

I grew up in suburban Toronto, the home of the largest streetcar network in the western hemisphere. As a child, I thought streetcars were the coolest way to get around the city, especially the older “red rocket” cars the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operated into the 1980s. The streetcars …

Urban Design

Why I talk to strangers on the train

Nothing makes me happier than taking this moment of physical movement and social stillness to dive into a stranger’s life<p>A Catholic priest once slept on my shoulder for two hours as we rattled through northern France. A lavender-scented woman once talked to me the whole way from Edinburgh to …

Four Square

Instagram's #empty movement creates a marriage of art and photography

When Dolly Brown, or @londonlivingdoll as she’s known on Instagram, first spotted the hashtag #emptymet and its accompanying, captivating images of a deserted Metropolitan Museum in NYC, she was intrigued.<p>Pioneered by American Instagrammer Dave Krugman, the #empty movement began in 2013 when New …

Social Media

Watch Jumbo Asteroid Zip Past Earth

A passing space rock should offer a rare, bright viewing treat for sky-watchers.<p>A mountain-size space rock will sail past Earth on Monday, offering stargazers a close look at an interplanetary pinball. Luckily, NASA says there is no risk of collision, but it will be a rare astronomically close …

The Day Carlos Santana Met Miles Davis

In an excerpt from his autobiography, The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music …

Soul Music

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

French town tries to save first world war soldier’s room for posterity

Mayor of Bélâbre hopes commune’s new-found fame will help preserve room where officer Hubert Rochereau was born<p>Until this year, few would have known the name of dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau, or heard of the tiny village of Bélâbre in central France. But the revelation this autumn that the …

Iran supreme leader uses Twitter to blast US and says #BlackLivesMatter

Iran’s supreme leader has stepped into the debate over police violence and race in America, likening police shootings of black people in Ferguson and elsewhere to the Palestinian struggle in Gaza in a series of tweets using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.<p>In a stream of comments on his …

Extremists Are Flocking To The 'Dark Web'

The terrorist material reappears on the Internet as quickly as it is banished and the policy risks driving fanatics on to the "dark web" where they are even harder to track, according to the Quilliam Foundation.<p>It warned that censorship and filtering tactics are ineffective and that openly …

ListenUp

Beyoncé: 7/11<p>It's all in a day's work for Beyoncé. In her new video for "7/11," the popstar demonstrates how—with real talent and creative choreography—all you really need are a few back-up dancers, a sense of humor and a GoPro camera to make a music video that will get the world watching. The …

Music

Miniature Paper Architecture That Moves by Charles Young

In his spare time, Edinburgh-based Charles Young creates these miniature paper scenes that move. With a Bachelors and a Masters in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art, he studied the way buildings are constructed for six years. Though he's been using different materials and techniques to …

Miniature

Lady Gaga's Lead Keyboard Player Develops Innovative Circular Piano

A regular, linear piano with 88 keys was just not enough for musician Brockett Parsons. So, the Lady Gaga lead keyboard player put together a team of designers to develop The Piano Arc, also playfully known as the Brockettship.<p>The innovative keyboard design is a circular instrument composed of 294 …

Piano

Uzbekistan's first daughter 'pictured under house arrest'

Images have appeared of Gulnara Karimova – the “first daughter” of Uzbekistan who faces a court trial on corruption charges – being manhandled by security guards in camouflage, apparently while under house arrest in Tashkent.<p>Karimova was once seen as a potential successor to her ageing father, the …

Iconic Monuments Magnificently Photographed From Sunrise Till Sunset

The world's most iconic monuments and buildings often have two very different qualities, depending on which time of day you visit them.<p>You might …

War is turning us into Facebook monsters

<b>(AP/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Has your news feed become a political battlefield? You aren’t alone<p>Merissa Nathan Gerson<p>August 10, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>About a month ago, a friend of mine started posting things about Gaza on Facebook. She was terror-struck by the death of children, especially having one of her …

The $95 Watch Designed To Win Over The Luxury Market

Upstart watch brand Leonard & Church wants to deliver luxury-caliber watches at prices that appeal to discerning consumers.<p>Leonard & Church began, like so businesses do, when the founder wanted something. Chris Chon was approaching the end of his MBA at Kellogg School of Management, and he was …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

World History

What's the point of scrambling RAF fighter jets?

Military jets were called to escort a passenger plane to Manchester Airport today after airline crew received a hoax bomb threat.<p>Qatar Airways flight …

The Grand Budapest Hotel reviewed on TripAdvisor

Take this comment, posted recently on the highly-scrutinised travel website Trip Advisor by chris2k: “I realised that this was an extraordinary establishment at first gaze. Everything was just right. The service was personal and attentive - that lobby boy knew what I needed even before I knew I …

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

Did you know about Japan's rotating train seats?

Japan’s rotating train seats are the solution to the perennial problem of finding a forward-facing seat<p>In a country responsible for such oddities as a machine that converts office paper to loo paper, and conveniences that offer blow dry, seat heating and massage options, this is an invention that's …

Netanyahu's Mistake

The Israeli prime minister argues against Palestinian sovereignty, citing regional chaos. But holding the West Bank forever is no solution.<p>David Horovitz, the editor of the indispensable <i>Times of Israel</i>, noticed something on Friday that other observers did not. At a press conference, the Israeli …

40 best iPhone and iPad games of 2014 (so far)

If you're an iPhone and/or iPad-owning gamer in 2014, you truly are spoiled for choice when it comes to new titles.<p>This year has seen a steady flow of innovative, creative and above all super-playable games for Apple devices in pretty much every genre, from hardcore RPGs and twitch-action games to …

Scientists spot another planet straight out of 'Star Wars'

Researchers believe they've found the first rocky, Earth-like exoplanet to orbit a distant binary star system. That's good news for the search for habitable worlds, not to mention real-life analogs to the "Star Wars" universe.<p>The barrage of exoplanet discoveries we've seen in recent years has begun …

Universe

The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals

Wildlife<p>An elephantnose fish swims in the Congo River. Photograph by Reinhard Dirscherl, Alamy<p><b>Some animals are just plain shocking in that they’ve evolved the ability to detect naturally occurring electric fields, while others can produce their own electricity.</b><p>In a study published today in the …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

Cold dead star may be a giant diamond

Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond.<p>Scientists have identified what is possibly the coldest white dwarf ever detected. In fact, this dim stellar corpse is so cold that its carbon has crystallized, effectively forming a diamond the size of Earth, astronomers …