The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S. and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray Canada after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them?
A soldier from the Iraqi Security Forces ran out of ammunition in the midst of a firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Fallujah, Iraq in May of last year. After being wounded the soldier was captured by ISIL, paraded around as a prize, and—in a scene reminiscent of the four U.S. contractors killed in 2004—was hung from Employees’ Bridge in Fallujah.
Protests erupted against the killing of black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte. This roundup looks at research on racial violence and explains where there might be potential solutions.
Want to know why 50,000 people showed up to pay their respects at the funeral of Jean-Paul Sartre? Three new books may provide the answer.
Get ahead of the next industrial revolution, the Internet of Things. See forecasts and business opportunities for IoT that’s set to explode by 2020.
Be nice to them: A secret button under the dash can ruin your day in a hurry.
Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome
Surely you have heard the news — China has been dredging up coral reefs and creating artificial islands in the South China Sea with the purpose of enforcin
Wait a second, I recognise this room from somewhere, I thought to myself, squinting my eyes at the computer screen, cocking my head to one side. I was looking at this photograph above that I’d found while digging around some forums on Flickr, and it seemed so familiar– that corner by the wind
How one British institution shaped the future of mental health around the world
A new world-first DNA study has revealed that Indigenous Australian civilisation dates back more than 50,000 years.
. Taken during his time living in Boyle, Co. Roscommon from 1981-1983, the photographs are laced with Parr’s characteristic wit and affection for his subject.
They’re lining up the prisoners And the guards are taking aim
To the north of the Persian Empire, around both sides of Caucasus Mountain, various Scythian (Palaeo-Slavian / Staroslavianskje) tribes lived. They were nomadic, i.e.
Dianne Newman, who studies both geology and medicine, says she is a “pied piper” of microbes
The moon is captured by photographers from many different spots on earth, from different perspectives.
Getting accepted into an Ivy League University is a big accomplishment for most folks. Kwasi Enin got accepted into all eight schools, so if there’s somebody who knows a thing or two about writing a good admissions essay, it’s him.
Royal Society’s remarkable 2016 nature photo finalists
Everything we do online is a performance. Tasked with artificially representing ourselves, it’s pretty much inevitable. The best way to get to know someone is IRL. But who has time for that? Luckily, there’s an easy hack for figuring out someone else’s interior life. Buried deep inside their phone are dark secrets that reveal the most sinister parts of who they are. Someone’s battery usage—which you can find by going to Settings > Battery on the iPhone—tells you everything you need to know.
The petabytes of information currently available to analysts amounts to a boundless playing field of possible truths
Planning an emotional budget can help save your energy for the important things.
The 2017 health and wellness trends will see us ditching the juice cleanse for a sweat lodge. Find out what other trends are about to blow up.
Just before he heads to London, Miranda talks about leaving Hamilton, his preoccupation with death, and finding some peace on the subway.
Capt. William Prickitt commanded a company of black soldiers during the Civil War. When he took ill, they saved him. A photo album that he carried the rest of his life has preserved their identities.
A spiral staircase twists to the top of this unusual Czech lookout tower.
Ana Taban, meaning ‘I am tired’, is a youth campaign designed to end conflict – and their message is timely on the UN’s International Day of Peace
The judgement continues
In-Q-Tel (named after “Q” in the James Bond films) invests in companies that can deliver useful technology to the intelligence community within 36 months.
Some have found the artwork hard to look at, but it makes a point about war does to a soldier.
40 of the best Alan Watts quotes you’ll find on the Internet, covering everything from love, death, and our place in the cosmos.
New research advances neuroscientists’ understanding of the complexities of language processing
Find out what an equinox is and how the day is linked to the reason for the seasons.
American intelligence agencies are diverting counterterrorist resources to Russian accounts, prompting some commentators to describe the move as the greatest expansion of spy operations against Russia since the Cold War.
In search of lost time.
A British entrepreneur saw a business opportunity in matching up married men who want to add wives, and single women who’d be happy sharing a spouse.
Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
Microsoft Will ‘Solve’ Cancer Within The Next 10 Years By Treating It Like A Computer Virus, Says Company
Microsoft is serious about finding a cure for cancer. In June, Microsoft researchers published a paper that shows how analyzing online activities can provide clues as to a person’s chances of having cancer. They were able to identify internet users who had pancreatic cancer even before they’d been diagnosed, all from analyzing web query logs. Several months later, researchers on behalf of the company now say they will “solve” cancer within the next 10 years by treating it like a computer virus that invades
The original was destroyed by the Islamic State in 2015.