Islamic State Forces Have Seized The World Heritage Site Of Palmyra

Five days after capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi, ISIS forces have now taken the historic desert city of Palmyra in central Syria. Given Islamic State’s penchant for destroying historical artifacts and ancient monuments, there’s now concern that these ruins, a UN World Heritage site, could be destroyed. »5/21/15 1:20pm5/21/15 1:20pm


Drought-stricken Kenya is sitting on 250-trillion liters of groundwater

With the world as thoroughly mapped and monitored as it is, it's easy to forget the Earth still harbors its fair share of secrets. Case in point: yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Kenya's drought-striken Turkana County sits, rather ironically, atop a… »9/11/13 4:42pm9/11/13 4:42pm

How the catastrophe in Syria has turned into a disaster for science

The civil war in Syria is now well into its 18th month, and with it, it has now claimed the lives of over 30,000 people. And as if this conflict wasn't tragic enough, the scope of the fighting has extended to the ancient city of Aleppo and its UNESCO designated world heritage sites. Sadly, reports came in last week… »10/04/12 6:40pm10/04/12 6:40pm