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This country has been at war for 40 years. As a result, Afghans form what's widely reported to be the second largest group of people trying to make their way to a new and more peaceful life in Europe. Only Syrians outnumber them...
Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have blown up three funerary towers at the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief has said. Maamoun Abdul Karim said they included the Tower of Elahbel, built in AD103 and one of the best-preserved...
The air is still. It’s quiet. Occasionally, the sound of a water droplet bursting feebly onto stone echoes through the chamber. Somewhere, somehow, moisture is getting in. But for the most part, it’s dry.
French prosecutors have said they believe "with certainty" that a wing part found on Reunion Island in July came from missing flight MH370. The wing section, known as a flaperon, had been examined in France by international aviation experts...
Europe's most successful Kickstarter project is finally ready to deliver the tiny drone that won more than £2.3m in backing last November. That's the good news...
Google shows a card with a long list of quotes for searches like [Einstein quotes]. This works in the desktop interface and the mobile site and it's a quick way to find some quotations without visiting any search result...
Those of us who enjoy the occasional glass of beer or wine would dearly love to believe that we’re doing our bodies a service. Any study suggesting a glass or two a day can keep the doctor away is greeted with disproportionate enthusiasm by the media and general public.
Is there anywhere left on Earth where it’s impossible to access the internet? There are a few places, but you have to go out of your way to find them, discovers Rachel Nuwer. It can be easy to forget what life was like before the internet.
In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich eggs. The grapefruit-sized globe included recent breaking discoveries of mysterious distant lands, including Japan, Brazil and the Arabic peninsula.
Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street crossing or sharing breathing space with sweaty strangers cra
On 24 March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing all 144 passengers on board and six crew members.
There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most.
French judges say they have dropped an investigation into claims Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned. Arafat died in Paris in 2004, aged 75. His wife says he was poisoned, possibly by highly radioactive polonium.
Wikipedia has blocked 381 accounts for what it has called "black hat" editing - people being paid to create promotional articles without disclosing who they represent. The accounts were reportedly run by one "co-ordinated group"...
To comment on this video or anything else you have seen on Future, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. Even though I am a mathematician, I look at [fetal development] with marvel: How do these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us?
On my washing machine, there is a lock. To activate it, you must hold down the start button for a particular length of time at just the right intensity; too soft and nothing happens, too hard and the machine beeps angrily at you.
We all think we have control of our actions but if a brain tumour or injury can completely change our personality, what does that tell us about free will, asks David Edmonds. Go to the gym or sit in front of the telly with a family-sized packet of crisps? Hmm.
Imagine the two of us, arm in arm, looking at a sunset, where the horizon is fretted with golden fire and the deep blue night encroaches from the opposite side of the sky. "What beautiful colours", I say, and you agree. And then, in the space of the following silence, I am struck by a worry...
Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It's not just the associations with crime and harmful health effects, but also the notion that these substances can undermine the identities of those who take them. One try, we're told, is enough to get us hooked...

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