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Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

<b>It was one of the world's most opulent railway stations, sitting imposingly on the French-Spanish border - but then it fell into disrepair. Now, writes Chris Bockman, the building is showing new signs of life.</b><p>When they built the station at Canfranc, it was on a grand scale and with no expense …

Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover After Hurricane: Pictures

Take a look around the extraordinary derelict island featured in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall'

One photographer, Kevin Dooley, has documented the entire island — and it's pretty spectacular.<p>People first settled Hashima because of nearby coal resources. The Mitsubishi Group bought the island in 1890 to use it as a base for coal extraction from the sea.<p>Dooley used Google Street View to find …

Rosetta mission: What is it and why will it crash into a comet today?

What is the Rosetta mission?<p>Rosetta is a ground-breaking £1 billion mission launched in 2004 to chase, orbit, and land on a comet. It's coming to an end today after 13 years.<p>The spacecraft spent 10 years chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko almost 500 million miles from Earth, before landing a …

The Big, Big, Big, Big Money Behind Tall Buildings

How super-luxury apartments became a major global investment tool.<p>The $100 million duplex penthouse to be perched astride the 73rd and 74th floors at 220 Central Park South will offer five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gallery, library and a 713-square-foot terrace. The luxe building is one of a …

The Untold Story Of Microsoft’s Surface Hub

A man with a dream. A company in flux. A secret factory outside Portland. And a hyper-ambitious gambit to reimagine how meetings happen.<p><b>Jeff Han’s fingers are dancing across an expansive, wall-mounted touch screen.</b> Planet Earth spins in front of him in computer-generated form; he grabs it with both …

My 977 days held hostage by Somali pirates | Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2012. For the first time, he tells the story of his abduction, detention and eventual release<p>One afternoon two years into my captivity, in a dirty villa, I sat up on the mattress and noticed that my guard had left the room. His rifle lay on a …

Artist creates beautiful patterns on floors of abandoned buildings

When roofs are destroyed and walls are knocked down, Javier de Riba finds beauty.<p>De Riba spray paints geometric designs on the floors of abandoned …

The books that shaped the rise and fall of the British empire

When we talk about books, we generally think only of their inside—the words, ideas and themes that they contain. But what about the outside? Books are objects in the world. They undertake all kinds of work that exceeds just their words—they forge friendships, decorate our houses, store our …

How Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first elected president, ended up on death row

In April, the country’s courts sentenced deposed leader Mohamed Morsi to death. This week he’ll discover if the ruling will be upheld. His downfall tells the story of the country’s chaos since the Arab spring of 2011<p>Surrounded by golden mantlepieces, tasselled curtains and a coterie of suits, …

South Korea announces first two MERS deaths | DW | 01.06.2015

The South Korean Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that two people had died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the first fatalities in …

MERS

Melting glaciers are revealing the mummified bodies of long-lost adventurers

Throughout the ages, ice and snow mummified the bodies of those who met their unfortunate end in a glacial snowbank. Take, for instance, frozen bodies that poked through a glacier on Mexico’s highest mountain earlier this year. They are suspected to be two climbers who went missing in 1959.<p>As …

How You'll Die On Mars

Many hopefuls have signed up for a one-way ticket to the red planet. But if they aren't prepared, the trip may be a short one.<p>We're on our way to Mars. NASA has a plan to land astronauts on its surface by the 2030s. Private spaceflight companies like SpaceX have also expressed interest in starting …

10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …

North Island

Demented, Dying, but on Trial, the Last Nazis Reveal Their True Evil

As the trial of Oskar Gröning, the 93-year-old bookkeeper of Auschwitz, drags on, the old man appears to be fading fast.<p>Week after week the German …

Auschwitz

How ‘Poltergeist’ Taught Us to Fear Technology

Utter the word “Poltergeist” around people of a certain age and it will induce Proustian flashbacks to the film’s signature sight: that of a cherubic …

Paranormal

Inside Palmyra, the Ancient City ISIS Just Sacked

Palmyra holds a dual significance to Syrians as being home to some of the world’s most celebrated ruins and one of the Assad regime’s most feared …

Middle East

Inside the Texas Biker Gang Wars

It wasn’t even 10 p.m. when the Texas biker bar had to shutter.<p>Gators Jam Inn was hosting members of the Winos, Cossacks, and the Ghost Riders—all …

Crime

The ugly truth about the wildly popular 'Game Of War' featuring Kate Upton

The mobile war-strategy game, made by Machine Zone, is making a ton of money (it has the second-highest gross in the App Store), and with Kate Upton as its spokeswoman it has clearly spent a ton of money in advertising.<p>But is "Game of War" worth the hype?<p>After trying it out for a couple of weeks, …

One of the most popular ad blockers is releasing a mobile browser, which could be huge — but costly for companies like Google

The Android browser will automatically block ads, which Adblock Plus says will save up to 23% of a user's smartphone battery life, and also save on their data plan. The app is initially launching in beta, so users can provide feedback on the experience.<p>Further down the line Adblock Plus also plans …

The Berlin Wall, 25 Years After the Fall

This weekend, Germany will observe the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began erecting the barrier in 1961, building on existing checkpoints, and fortified it over nearly 30 years: The initial waist-high wooden gates gave way to massive …

Wolves fan the winner after upside down shirt prompts swift and generous response from the club

Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter is less than impressed after the club sells him a dodgy shirt<p>Richard Gough got less than he bargained for when he bought a cut-price shirt from the Wolverhampton Wanderers website.<p>It soon became clear why the folks had Molineux had slashed the price – the badge was …

Hyperspace Portal (Or Massive Black Hole...) Found In Deep Space (PICTURE)

The Chandra X-Ray Space Observatory has just photographed some kind of terrifying hyperspace portal deathship in deep space.<p>(Yes, it's true that the …

Lost: One Phone. Found: One Moron (PICTURE)

So you get a text message, you look at your phone and you see it's from your friend.<p>"Hi," it says. "I found your friend's phone."<p>That's when you leap …

“Nearby” Supernova Has Astronomers Going Gaga

Changing Planet<p><b>Something has lit up the Cigar Galaxy, astronomers report, and it looks like an exploding star. The increasing brilliance of the supernova has thrilled the stargazing community, potentially becoming a viewing target within reach of binoculars in the next few days.</b><p>The brightening …

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