How ISIS may use its control of Palmyra for funding

BEIRUT — The city of Palmyra was largely empty Friday, but for the bodies of suspected ISIS opponents, dumped in the street. The victorious militants swept through a deserted Syrian army base searching for any remaining regime soldiers and showing off the remains of those they had executed to residents. The fall of Palmyra also […]

Who are the Rohingya people fleeing Burma by sea?

BURMA — More than 200 migrants were rescued by Burma’s navy Friday from the waters off southeast Asia. Thousands more are still stranded at sea, after fleeing poverty and religious persecution. Many of the migrants are Rohingya – a Muslim minority from overwhelmingly Buddhist Burma. They have lived along the border with Muslim Bangladesh for […]

ISIS control of Palmyra threatens city’s artifacts

May 22, 2015, 6:36 PM|ISIS has sealed off the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. The city contains precious artifacts, thousands of years old, that are worth millions of dollars. Clarissa Ward reports on how the terror group may seek to profit from its new victory. Article source:

RockPaperRobot brings physics to your home

When you think of astrophysics, you probably don’t think of furniture or interior design. But to Jessica Banks, every principle of physics is a concept for home decor waiting to happen. When she was a child, Banks wanted to be an astronaut. So she studied astrophysics at MIT, and then joined NASA. But along the […]

Life-changing tech helps paralyzed patient move robotic arm

For more than a decade, an injury left Erik Sorto unable to use his arms or legs. But now life-changing technology has given him the freedom he never thought he’d have again, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. “I wanted to jump around and high five and hug everybody because we knew that it worked,” […]

New tech helps quadriplegic control robotic arm with mind

May 22, 2015, 7:42 AM|Researchers say they’re excited about a new brain implant that allowed a paralyzed patient to control a robotic arm with his mind. Erik Sorto is the first in the world to have this new neural prosthetic device. Elaine Quijano reports. Article source:

Alaskan walrus cam is back

A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet. The high-definition stream from Alaska’s remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out, but a version is back now, thanks to […]

Dog catches bucket, then catches balls with the bucket

Some of the latest and greatest viral videos include some talented border collies strutting their stuff and a cardboard plane that takes flight against all odds. First up, a border collie named Holly catches a bucket, then catches balls in that bucket to the tune of “Do You Know The Muffin Man?” — for some […]

Data replaces voice in new airline communication system

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions. The Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the Data Communications system, called Data Comm, […]

Brightest galaxy in the universe discovered

Scientists have discovered the brightest galaxy in the universe, one so luminous it would outshine 300 trillion suns. Known as WISE J224607.57-052635.0, this beacon in the universe may have a behemoth black hole at its belly, gorging itself on gas. “We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution,” said Chao-Wei Tsai of […]