Reconstruction In Afghanistan Cost Nearly As Much As Apollo Program

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission yesterday, handing responsibility to the country's own military. The U.S. will keep 10,000 personnel there in support roles. Reconstruction efforts in the war-torn nation will also continue — but they've already cost $104 billion. » 12/29/14 12:23pm 12/29/14 12:23pm

Meet Afghanistan's Elusive, Endangered "Vampire" Deer

This is a male musk deer, knowing for growing fangs during the breeding season. A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society confirmed that Kashmir musk deer, one of seven related Asian species, still live in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, some 60 years after its last recorded sighting. » 10/31/14 3:25pm 10/31/14 3:25pm

How To Recognize The Signs of an Impending Landslide

Your odds of death by landslide are one in a million per year. If you get caught in one, you can't do much to increase your odds of survival. Luckily, landslides frequently give warning before collapsing. These are a few precursors to a landslide, telling you to run before it's too late. » 5/02/14 12:49pm 5/02/14 12:49pm

This rock could spy on you for decades

America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized sensors, developed for the American military, will remain littered across the Afghan countryside — detecting anyone who moves nearby and reporting… » 5/29/12 8:20am 5/29/12 8:20am

A fascinating documentary on the wooden camera photographers of Afghanistan

In modern Kabul, only two men in town practice the dying art of kamra-e-faoree photography, or shooting pictures with a unique, retrotech wooden camera. This method of picture-taking first caught on in Afghanistan in the 1930s and 1940s. Over the decades, it dwindled in popularity because of political pressure and… » 5/08/12 11:10am 5/08/12 11:10am

A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan

One of the great wonders of the medieval world is a very tall, heavily ornamented minaret nestled in a green valley at the edge of the Jam river in what is now Afghanistan. Often called the Minaret of Jam, the monument was almost a millenium ago illuminated by a torch at its top, and surrounded by a thriving town… » 7/06/11 1:58pm 7/06/11 1:58pm