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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 …

Titanic

Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover After Hurricane: Pictures

Energy

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 …

Google Street View

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 …

Space

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 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 …

Books

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 | News | 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 …

Melting glaciers are revealing the mummified bodies of soldiers, ancient icemen, and 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 …

Archaeology

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

From Europe’s deepest river canyon and caves that glow to a rainbow river and hills that look like chocolate, our picks prove that nature always does it better<p>Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves …

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

The trial of the SS bookkeeper from Auschwitz exposes not only the banality but the bean-counting that was integral to the Holocaust.<p>As the trial of …

World History

How ‘Poltergeist’ Taught Us to Fear Technology

The Steven Spielberg-shepherded 1982 cult classic is getting the remake treatment, and its anti-tech message is even more relevant today.<p>Utter the …

Lincoln Memorial

Inside Palmyra, the Ancient City ISIS Just Sacked

Hours after the terror group grabbed its second city in a week, Palmyra was pitch-black and silent. But residents are bracing for bloody …

Middle East

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, …

Kate Upton

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 …

Digital Advertising

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 …

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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 …

Astronomy

The Wall Street Journal counted how many times Bill Belichick smiled this season

We all know by now that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick believes it is his purpose to coach football and be unhappy with the media.<p>And all …