Before artificial lights blinded our sight, reports of nights as bright as day were common. What lay behind the phenomenon was a mystery – until now… Read the rest
Anglo-Saxon England was unusually warm and stormy. Place names coined then could hold clues to how the weather will get wetter and wilder as the climate changes… Read the rest
Anyone who listened to shortwave radio or was a ham radio operator from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s will be familiar with a sharp, repetitive “rat tat tat tat” noise that permeated the airwaves disrupting communications and television signals the world over. Nicknamed the “Woodpecker”, the signal came from a massive array of antennas hidden deep in the woods—two located near Chernobyl in Ukraine, and a third one on the Russian Pacific coast, near the island of Sakhalnsk. These antennas formed part of an early warning radar system called Duga, that the Soviets developed to detect incoming ballistic missiles from America.
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Someone needs to end this madness. This insanity. This horrifying trend of smart speakers that look like trash cans.
Ahead of CES, LG announced its upcoming ThinQ smart speaker with built-in Google Assistant. I haven’t seen it in person, and I have no idea how large (or small) it is, or even how it sounds, but I already can’t stand it because its designers couldn’t come up with a more imaginative look.
It’s time for this trash can aesthetic to end.
Tucked away in the Caucasus Mountains in the north of Georgia, is the historic province of Khevsureti. Its men were once renowned in martial arts, and especially for their warfare with the Muslim population of the Northern Caucasus including the Chechens, the Kists, and the Dagestans.
Due to the geographic, ethnic and religious complexity and lack of industrialization in the Greater Caucasus, the tribes of the North Caucasus used to frequently attack and rob the mountain-dwelling Georgians. In order to protect their villages, Khevsurs built their houses very close to each other so that they formed a unified defensive wall. These villages played the crucial role of a northern barrier for the whole of Georgia and defended the nation from intrusions of nomadic tribes.
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Pests and disease threaten our supply of cocoa beans, but in a field outside London biologists are working to prevent a chocolate meltdown. We paid a visit… Read the rest
Merry Chrismas to all of our loyal GAMES fans! Today’s “Merry Matchboxes” is our gift to you, so we hope you enjoy.
Here’s your big chance to play with matches. Enter a word associated with Christmas—CAROLS or
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Christmas in many parts of the world isn’t complete without holly sprigs, but logging the trees’ genetic diversity is a distinctly prickly business… Read the rest
Peter the Great funded a fabulously expensive expedition to Russia’s far east and Alaska. The first account tells a harrowing tale of how it fared… Read the rest
The Hubble Space Telescope captured what looks like a colorful holiday ornament in space. It’s actually an image of NGC 6326, a planetary nebula with glowing wisps of outpouring gas.… Read the rest