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Vive la France!

July 14, 2015
Alphajets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France in the formation of a Croix de Lorraine cross and releasing trails of red, white and blue smoke, colors of French national flag, fly over the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the traditional Bastille day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Alphajets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France in the formation of a Croix de Lorraine cross and releasing trails of red, white and blue smoke fly over the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The good kind of rat infestation

July 13, 2015
A handler holds a rat undergoing training to detect mines at the Mine Detection Rat Training, Trial and Testing Project in Siem Reap province July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A handler holds a rat undergoing training to detect mines at the Mine Detection Rat Training, Trial and Testing Project in Siem Reap province July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Candidates, start your engines – and sales

July 10, 2015
Specially made chocolates ahead of Chris Christie's formal announcement. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Specially made chocolates ahead of Chris Christie’s formal announcement. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

One word: plastics!

July 8, 2015

  Just wait until organized crime gets its hands on this loot.

Just wait until organized crime gets its hands on this loot.

The latest U.S. smuggling controversy doesn’t involve ivory or prescription drugs – it’s all about plastics.

Tobacco tax could bring the heat

July 7, 2015

  An employee works on her station at a factory of cigarette-maker Brascuba in Havana May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

An employee works on her station at a factory of cigarette-maker Brascuba in Havana May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Castle in the sand

By Arlene Getz
July 6, 2015
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A rendering of the sustainable vertical city. REUTERS/Screengrab

London has the Gherkin, New York has the Empire State and Dubai has the Burj Khalifa. Now the Sahara is the place to watch for the next skyline icon. French architecture firm OXO plans to build Sand City Tower, a futuristic city complete with offices, museums and even a meteorological observatory overlooking the African desert.

My, what big teeth you have

July 2, 2015

  Call a dentist.

Call a dentist.

New analysis of the Ice Age’s saber-toothed cat shows it was probably an even more terrifying creature than originally thought. X-ray imagining has shown that the beast’s upper canine teeth actually grew twice as fast as those seen on modern African lions — oh, and they also grew to be about seven inches long, each.

U.S. underdogs bite back

By Arlene Getz
July 1, 2015

Soccer: Women's World Cup-Semifinal-United States at Germany

 

Soccer pas de deux: United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Germany defender Leonie Maier play the ball during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, June 30 2015. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

A Greek deadline extension?

June 30, 2015

  TIck-tock, Clare-Greece.

Tick-tock, Clare-Greece.

Good news, Tsipras!

As luck would have it would have it, Greece will have more time to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund: one second. The Paris Observatory plans to add one second to the atomic clocks on Tuesday night, in order to keep earth time in line with planet rotation. And this extra second just so happens to line up with the IMF debt deadline! Sure, months of negotiations didn’t work out — but maybe an extra second could make the difference?

No-drama Obama?

June 29, 2015

  President Barack Obama delivers remarks after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron