The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. It will attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi.
Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. The Communist government in Beijing made clear it would not tolerate dissent, and warned against any foreign interference as thousands of protesters massed for a fourth night in the free-wheeling, capitalist city of more than 7 million people.
The protester want elections with candidates from all walks of political life and not just a choice of pre-approved by the Communist party candidates.
The Ryder Cup is golf’s most prestigious team event and is held every two years. It is contested by a team of American golfers and a team of European golfers.
There are a total of 28 points up for grabs, so 14.5 points are needed to win the Ryder Cup (14 if you are the current holder)
This past weekend the competition was held at the world famous Gleneagles course in Scotland and Team Europe beat the USA by 16.5 points to 11.5 points.
Anotehr selection filled with protest, disaster and war.
Will we ever learn?
The Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted unexpectedly on Saturday.
Mount Ontake is a popular destination for climbers and hundreds were on the mountain sides when the eruption took pace. The eruption left groups of climbers scrambling for cover, but it is feared up to 36 people may have been killed by falling debris and ash.
Rescue effort have been halted because of fears of rising levels of toxic gases.
After we posted a series of photographs featuring Mauritania, we received an email from Michal Huniewicz.
If we would be interested in featuring some of his photographs taken during his journey through Mauritania.
Of course we would.
Here’s a new selection of cool, shocking or newsworthy photos fro the past week.
Nearly 3,700 firefighters are struggling to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy.
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Beer drinkers gathered Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Tourist officials said the average beer price had risen just under three percent compared to 2013. A one-liter stein of Bavarian ale costs up to $13.70 in the enormous marquees where the revelers drink. An estimated six million people from around the globe visit the festival every year.
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan on Friday, a prelude to the retail opening in Europe and the United States. Huge lines formed in Australia, some for days. In cities including New York, many lined up to buy the larger phones in order to resell them in locations the latest iPhones aren’t yet available, such as China.
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from the archives
- Graphic: The Westgate Shopping Center Shootings In Kenya
- China’s Military Might
- Ruins of the American Southwest Part II
- Japan Hit By Massive Earthquake and Tsunami
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013