Brazilian beans and Japanese barley shipped to Svalbard seed vault

A Noah’s Ark of 20,000 plant species will unload this week at a remote Arctic port to deposit humanity’s latest insurance payment against an agricultural apocalypse or a man-made cock-up.Brazilian beans and Japanese barley are among the botanical varieties that are carried aboard the ship that is shortly expected to dock near the Svalbard global […]

Bitcoin Foundation hopes to revive reputation of online currency

It was an idea that first emerged at the end of the heyday of cyber-utopianism: Bitcoin, the virtual and universal currency that could be exchanged for goods and services online, the brainchild of a mysterious pseudonymous cryptographer.Since its formal launch in 2009, Bitcoin has been adopted by a variety of organisations, including WikiLeaks, the Electronic […]

Precision Strikes Pay Off

By Staff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta42nd Infantry DivisionFORWARD OPERATING BASE SUMMERALL, Bayji, Iraq – The “Scorpion” is what Capt. Hussein Ali Suleman, commander of Company C, 201st Iraqi Army Battalion, calls himself — a nickname that illustrates what he and Task Force Dragoon Commander Lt. Col. Philip Logan are using to defeat insurgents here — precision […]

Paratroopers celebrate warrant officer corps’ 96th birthday

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about warrant officers?Characteristics like professional, knowledgeable and dedicated were some of the responses provided by attendees of a cake-cutting ceremony July 9 at the 1st Brigade Combat Team dining facility at Fort Bragg, held to celebrate the U.S. Army […]

St Louis Rams players raise hands in apparent Ferguson gesture

Five St Louis Rams players stood with their arms raised in an apparent show of solidarity for Ferguson protesters before trotting on to the field for pre-game introductions.A Rams spokesman said on Sunday the team was not aware the gesture had been planned before the game against the Oakland Raiders.Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny […]

Main gate completion to require brief closure Sept. 23 – 26

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – For those Marines who wake up early enough to go aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune before 5 a.m., there might be a slight deviation in the drive to work in the near future.From 7 p.m. Sept. 23 to 5 a.m. Sept. 26, the base’s main gate will be closed to […]

Red Bulls learn about educational opportunities

“Who wants to go to school?” A few hands rose among the Soldiers in the audience.Reaching into her bag of candy, 1st Lt. Lisa Cullen began tossing candy to those who had raised their hands.“Now who wants to go to school?” The presenter said. Cullen chuckled as more hands rose around the room.Many Soldiers interested […]

Integrated Task Force Artillery Marines send first rounds downrange

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – As the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force Marines pave the way forward, live-fire training serves as a vital aspect of weaponry familiarization. Marines of Battery A, GCEITF, sent the first rounds down range during a live-fire artillery shoot with the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer at Marine Corps Base […]

Japan was hit by ‘double tsunami’

The tsunami that devastated the north-east coast of Japan on 11 March was created by at least two wave fronts that merged to form a far more destructive “double tsunami”, scientists in the US have said.Waves created when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck off the coast came together to create a “merging tsunami” captured by satellites […]

Mladic war crimes trial will restart after month’s delay

The trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and other crimes against humanity will restart on 25 June, after a delay called by a prosecution error, the Hague war crimes tribunal has said.Mladic’s defence said the prosecution had failed to hand over 1m pages of evidence and said it would need […]

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