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  • Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
    Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand

    Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows. The remote archipelagos of East Polynesia were among the last habitable places on Earth that humans were able to colonize. In New Zealand, human history only began around 1200-1300, when intrepid voyagers arrived by boat through several journeys over some generations. A piece of that early heritage was recently revealed on a beach in New Zealand, when a 600-year-old canoe with a turtle carved on its hull emerged from a sand dune after a harsh storm.

  • 'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface
    'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface

    Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed. The Ocean of Storms, or Oceanus Procellarum, is the largest of the moon's maria, giant dark spots visible on the near side of the moon. Scientists had previously thought the Ocean of Storms was created by a giant cosmic impact that left a crater about 2,000 miles wide (3,200 kilometers) that filled with lava. Now, data from NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that Procellarum is not round, but instead is surrounded by a strange giant rectangle underneath the moon's surface.

  • O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'
    O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'

    Bill O'Reilly's plan to defeat the Islamic State militants with a 25,000-person mercenary army has been widely mocked since he introduced it last week. But the Fox News host is not backing down.

  • Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?
    Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?

    The instant sell-outs and rapidly lengthening delivery estimates of the iPhone 6 Plus have led many observers to believe that the most jumbo version of iPhone is capturing a big chunk of the new iPhone sales in North America. But new statistics from Chitika indicate that people may have been jumping the gun because it’s possible that the low early production volumes of iPhone 6 Plus are the reason for its relative scarcity compared to the smaller iPhone 6. RELATED: The iPhone 6 Plus is so popular that even Apple employees can’t get one yet According to Chitika, three days after the launch of the new models, the iPhone 6 made up 1.6% of the internet traffic volume generated by all

  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey
    Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.

  • Mexico catches drug lord in tourist haunt
    Mexico catches drug lord in tourist haunt

    Mexico City (AFP) - Soldiers captured one of Mexico's most-wanted drug barons, Hector Beltran Leyva, in a restaurant in a colonial town popular with American tourists and retirees.

  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
    Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

  • Congress Can’t Duck Voting on ISIS Forever
    Congress Can’t Duck Voting on ISIS Forever

    Congressional leaders have done just about everything they can to avoid taking a direct position on President Obama’s decision to use U.S. Criticism of their reluctance to to engage in debate on the issue has been growing, though, both from within Congress’s own ranks, and from outside. They are hitting targets in Syria based partly on a 12-year-old AUMF sanctioning war in Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has suggested that Congress might start discussing some sort of new authorization of military action in the lame duck session that begins in November.

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