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Sunday story: Rise of the European jihadi

Why are some young Europeans turning against their own? The answer lies in the stories of those who carried out the Paris attacks.<p><i>Why are some young</i> …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Narendra Modi's first 100 days as India's prime minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his first 100 days as leader of the country.<p>The right-wing Hindu nationalist won May's election with the largest democratic mandate in 30 years.<p>The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports on what he has, and has not, achieved during the start of his term.

Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – in pictures

From a dramatic storm cloud in the US to the ‘end of the world’ in Ecuador, we take a look at the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo contest, chosen from more than 18,000 entries from photographers around the world

Hidden 'Ocean' Discovered Deep Underground Near Earth's Core

We may have another "ocean" to add to the world map -- only this one is hidden hundreds of miles beneath our planet's surface.<p>A new study suggests that a hidden "ocean" is nestled in the Earth's mantle some 400 miles beneath North America. The hidden reservoir, apparently locked in a blue …

10 First-Class Airplane Seats That Are Nicer Than Your Apartment

As some airlines gut their frequent flyer programs, increase fees and cram more seats into coach, others are pushing the boundaries of flying luxury with of over-the-top first class suites.<p>Airlines are betting that these opulent accommodations will drive up profit margins and yield greater revenues …

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Picture of the day: sleeping with the Ashes With the wounds of England's whitewash in Australia still raw, David Warner is pictured sleeping with a replica of the Ashes urn in a somewhat creepy and voyeuristic image. While the photo's intention of showing a sportsman's dedication isn't lost, it still feels like sitting at a stranger's bedside and watching them sleep

The Story Behind the Photo That Inspired Walter Mitty’s Journey

Human Journey<p>Displaced people make camp in Goma after fleeing fighting in Karuba and Mushake villages in Congo. This photo played a significant part in the new film <i>The Secret Life of Walter Mitty</i>. (Photograph by Marcus Bleasdale)<p><b>In the newly released film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben</b> …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

FYI: Do Fat People Stay Warmer Than Thin People?

Pack on some extra pounds for winter<p>At the yearly Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia, participants often smear their bodies with animal fat for insulation against the 70-degree water. But their own body fat also helps to keep them warm, like an extra layer of clothing beneath the skin. When …

Sensor Recall: Lincoln MKZ Transmission, Volvo S60 Oil Pressure

Ford is recalling 7153 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans for an issue with a transmission sensor, while Volvo is recalling 30,929 S60 sedans for an oil pressure sensor issue.<p><b>2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid</b><b><br>The Problem:</b> The transmission range sensor in certain Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans may not function properly …

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Johnnie Walker Digitally Assembles F1 Car from Glass Tumblers, Smashes It to Discourage Drunk Driving

Do you like Scotch whisky? How about Formula 1, classy drink glasses, and driving? As are many folks, we’re fans of the whole lot—just not when mixed together. It seems spirits-maker Johnnie Walker agrees, and it released a clever YouTube ad to discourage drunk driving just in time for the …

Fiat to Strengthen 500 Nameplate, Drop Punto

According to reports in Britain, Fiat will launch a five-door version of the 500. No, we aren’t talking about the bulbous 500L.<p>Fiat will replace its aging Punto B-segment hatchback with a new five-door member of the 500 family, British publication <i>Auto Express</i> reports. The retro-themed five-door 500 …

Audi and Google to Announce Infotainment Partnership

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas slowly has become almost a tertiary-level auto show, given how many automakers have begun flocking to the venue to show off their latest technological wares. This year certainly won’t disrupt the trend, it seems, because <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting …

Year in Review: The Biggest News Stories of 2013

Another year, another rollout of 900-hp hypercars and new models that steer and brake all by themselves. Wait, what? Autonomous technology trickled down, cars in all categories got way faster and gulped less fuel, our two favorite Americans got a complete redo, startup automakers died, stock prices …

Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it’s that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the …

The Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is etched firmly into Australian culture, and it is never better at the MCG. Read a guide to the Melbourne ground, history and statistics here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/24946136 and post your predictions below.

DARPA creating giant folding space telescope from plastic wrap-like material

Sending large pieces of high-density glass into space is an expensive and tedious endeavor, which is why a new project from the US Defense Department has turned to plastic instead. The US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced a new plastics-based orbital …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Still a Street Fighter: Jean-Claude Van Damme Blows Our Minds with Epic Split

Jean-Claude Van Damme was born in 1960. He is older than the current president of the United States, the Super Bowl and the nation of Fiji. And yet …

Xbox One v PS4: a dispatch from the console wars

Under the strip-lit, soulless shell of the Earls Court exhibition centre, a queue is forming. Towards the front of this winding mass of flesh and denim sits a small boy. A huddle of pallid and paunchy men in black T-shirts keep sneaking peeks over each other's heads towards the young prince encased …

Winners of the International Fine Art Photography Competition 2013

Ready to see a selection of today's best fine art photography? The International Fine Art Photography Competition (Grand Prix de la Dcouverte) has just announced its 2013 winners. Each year, the competition invites emerging and mid-career photographers from around the world to enter their finest …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: futuristic automation, underwater kites and a floating nuclear power plant

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Twitter's stock market debut was the big story this week, but it wasn't the only news out of Silicon Valley. Facebook just announced that starchitect Frank …

Latest Marvel Comics Superhero: A Muslim Pakistani-American Teen Girl

Look under the costume of Marvel Comics’ latest superhero and you might get a big surprise.<p>Kamala Khan is a teenage Muslim girl with Pakistani …

Chinese professor builds DIY Li-Fi system

Chinese professor Chi Nan from Fudan University has built her own Li-Fi wireless system using basic retail components, such as off-the-shelf LED …