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Royal palace discovered in area believed to be birthplace of King Arthur. Future - The hidden base that could have ended the world. Yvonne Morris had three minutes to get to work at the start of her shift.

Future - The hidden base that could have ended the world

Any longer between phoning through her secret code at the perimeter gate and descending a set of stairs and she would have been arrested, at the very least. Morris was one of the first female crew commanders of a Titan 2 nuclear missile silo. Stationed with the 390th Strategic Missile Wing in Tucson, Arizona between 1980 and 1984, she was responsible for three other crew members and a nine-megaton nuclear weapon. “Even though our primary mission was peace through deterrence by preventing World War Three,” she says, “in the event we failed, we had to be ready to launch at all times in retaliation.” From the early 1960s to the mid-80s, the city of Tucson was circled by 18 Titan 2 nuclear missile silos. “The three minutes to get to the silo is a built in security protocol,” Morris explains.

“I have to tell you, I slept better when I was on crew than I did today,” says Morris. And that is it. How Houses Were Cooled Before Air Conditioning - Curbed. The Slave Who Stole the Confederate Codes—and a Rebel Warship. When three Confederate officers decided to go ashore for a night in Charleston, they left their gunboat—and their naval codes—in the hands of an enslaved pilot.

The Slave Who Stole the Confederate Codes—and a Rebel Warship

It was a critical mistake. We don’t know precisely why the three white officers on board a Confederate transport and gunboat called the CSS Planter decided to go ashore in Charleston, South Carolina, the night of May 12, 1862. Maybe they went to see their families. Maybe they went drinking or whoring. Confessions of a Former Apocalypse Survival Guide Writer. The first time I bid on a freelance job to ghostwrite a doomsday survival guide, I was only asked one question: Did I have experience writing for middle-aged Republican men?

Confessions of a Former Apocalypse Survival Guide Writer

I told the client that I had experience writing for a wide variety of ages and political affiliations, which was noncommittal enough to be true. The client said, “Sounds good, bro.” We were off to the races. It was 2009, and a surprisingly high number of people thought society might collapse in 2012, on or around December 21, in accordance with a supposed doomsday prediction in the Mayan long count calendar.

(Unsurprisingly, this was not a view held by many scholars of Mesoamerican culture.) Trump’s Boswell Speaks. Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J.

Trump’s Boswell Speaks

Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated. Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: “Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” Schwartz had ghostwritten Trump’s 1987 breakthrough memoir, earning a joint byline on the cover, half of the book’s five-hundred-thousand-dollar advance, and half of the royalties.

“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. Newhouse called Trump about the project, then visited him to discuss it. Break-In at Y-12. The Y-12 National Security Complex sits in a narrow valley, surrounded by wooded hills, in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Break-In at Y-12

Y-12 and Oak Ridge were built secretly, within about two years, as part of the Manhattan Project, and their existence wasn’t publicly acknowledged until the end of the Second World War. The H-Bombs in Turkey. Among the many questions still unanswered following Friday’s coup attempt in Turkey is one that has national-security implications for the United States and for the rest of the world: How secure are the American hydrogen bombs stored at a Turkish airbase?

The H-Bombs in Turkey

The Incirlik Airbase, in southeast Turkey, houses NATO’s largest nuclear-weapons storage facility. On Saturday morning, the American Embassy in Ankara issued an “Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens,” warning that power had been cut to Incirlik and that “local authorities are denying movements on to and off of” the base. Incirlik was forced to rely on backup generators; U.S. Air Force planes stationed there were prohibited from taking off or landing; and the security-threat level was raised to FPCON Delta, the highest state of alert, declared when a terrorist attack has occurred or may be imminent. The Fake Townhouses hiding Mystery Underground Portals. The Fight for the "Right to Repair" We need to call American breakfast what it often is: dessert. In America, breakfast is often nothing more than disguised dessert, as this recent tweet from author and researcher Alan Levinovitz reminded us: Look no further than the menu at IHOP, where dessert for breakfast reigns.

We need to call American breakfast what it often is: dessert

You can find such items as New York cheesecake pancakes or raspberry white chocolate chip pancakes, which come with a whopping 83 grams (nearly 21 teaspoons) of sugar. Remember that the government recommends no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per person per day (though the average American consumes 23.) But you don’t need to go to IHOP to get a day’s worth of sugar in your morning meal. Did the Star-Spangled Banner land Stravinsky in jail? This story begins and ends with a photo.

Did the Star-Spangled Banner land Stravinsky in jail?

It’s Igor Stravinsky, the legendary modernist composer. He looks a little worse for wear. In fact, it looks like a mug shot. How research into glowing fungi could lead to trees lighting our streets. On a moonless night deep in a Brazilian rainforest the only thing you are likely to see are the tiny smears of light from flitting fireflies or the ghostly glow of mushrooms scattered around the forest floor.

How research into glowing fungi could lead to trees lighting our streets

Both effects are the result of bioluminescence, the peculiar ability of some organisms to behave like living night-lights. Bioluminescence has been “invented” dozens of times in evolutionary history and serves a variety of purposes, from attracting mates and luring prey to warding off predators. Its existence in fungi – a rare if not unique case of bioluminescence outside the animal and microbial worlds – has posed more of a mystery. But scientists may now be able to explain not only why certain mushrooms glow in the dark, but how – and in doing so they could be nearer to creating glowing trees as a novel form of street lighting.

Secrets Of The London Library. The London Library was born in a fit of rage in 1841, exactly 175 years ago.

Secrets Of The London Library

Its founder — curmudgeonly Thomas Carlyle (he of The History of the French Revolution) — hated having to study books in the company of other people. In London at the time, that was all that was available unless you bought books yourself — an expensive option. London had no lending library of its own (unlike Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Norwich), and the Public Libraries Act was not even a gleam in the eye of bibliophiles of the time. Carlyle was forced to work in the old reading room of the British Library, his studies distracted by sharing the space with the "snorers, snufflers, wheezers and spitters" around him.

He didn't get on with the librarian there either, and could never find the books he wanted. The Lost Chinese City Police Feared to Enter. Kowloon Walled City, a 6.9 acre cesspool of crime, trafficking, and unlicensed doctors, was once the most densely populated place on earth--and its legacy endures today. It was one of the greatest unplanned wonders of the 20th century—a city of no taxes and no laws. A 6.9 acre cesspool of crime, trafficking, and unlicensed doctors that was once the most densely populated place on earth. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation. Chapter 1: "Inmates Run This Bitch" Have you ever had a riot? " A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Pixar’s New Short Film "Piper" Sanderlings spend a lot of time in the ocean, scuttling in and out of the water in search of tiny invertebrates buried in the sand.

Even downy hatchlings must immediately learn to fend for themselves and feed between unrelenting waves. The problem with reinforced concrete. By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in excellent condition after nearly 1,900 years. And yet many concrete structures from last century – bridges, highways and buildings – are crumbling. Many concrete structures built this century will be obsolete before its end. Given the survival of ancient structures, this may seem curious. The problem with reinforced concrete. Inside the World of Large-Scale Food Heists. On March 26, 2013, Veniamin Balika pulled his 18-wheeler over at the New Jersey Turnpike's Vince Lombardi rest area.

The reprieve didn’t last long, as Balika soon found himself handcuffed and arrested by state policemen. The driver didn't have anything too suspicious in his possession, only a massive shipment totaling 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese, valued at over $200,000, stored in his refrigerated truck. Balika was supposed to be delivering the load for K&K Cheese/Old Country Cheese Factory, the cheese manufacturer, in Cashton, Wisconsin. Except it turned out Balika was on detour — an extremely long and roundabout one that was taking him thousands of miles away from his alleged Texas destination. Police claimed that the truck driver had falsified his paperwork, which he had presented to K&K in order to obtain the cheese.

"There’s a black market for everything. The Origin of Dogs: When, Where, and How Many Times Were They Domesticated? Sixty Million Car Bombs: Inside Takata’s Air Bag Crisis. Carlos Solis was driving a familiar route, the few miles from his home to his brother’s apartment outside Houston, on a Sunday in January last year. Sixty Million Car Bombs: Inside Takata’s Air Bag Crisis. Why average people decide to become terrorists. The Orlando nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, reportedly called 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at some point during Sunday's attack. Now once again we are asking ourselves how an average American could suddenly become capable of committing such a terrible act against his fellow countrymen. This threat is often shorthanded as "radicalization. " But how it happens, what drives it, and whom it can affect are all commonly misunderstood. Printing cliches — The Printing Machine. What’s False About True Color — Planet Stories.

What’s False About True Color I’ll start with a quiz: is this picture real—is it what an astronaut would see from space? What Could Bacteria in the Sky Teach Us About Life on Mars? Rippling like a jellyfish, a helium balloon big enough to envelop the Empire State Building lofted over the New Mexico desert. The Origin of Dogs: When, Where, and How Many Times Were They Domesticated? The Lost Secret Sign Language of Sawmill Workers. The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops.

On its last full day of trading, the Ladbrokes betting shop in Morden, south-west London, stayed open until 10 at night. The Delightful Perversity of Québec's Catholic Swears. Graffiti in Québec which roughly translates to "We don't give a fuck about the special law (Bill 78)". One of the World’s Greatest Art Collections Hides Behind This Fence. The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport. Lost at Sea on the Brink of the Second World War. How Breakfast Became a Thing.

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny. ​Iceland’s Ghost Planes — War Is Boring. Car Alarms Don't Work. Why Are They So Common? You’ve Got Hate Mail. Whiskey Can’t Hide Its Age Either - Issue 36: Aging. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist — The Startup. How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen. London’s empty towers mark a very British form of corruption. Stalin's Soviet showcase under spotlight at Venice architecture biennale. The Persian Rug May Not Be Long for This World. How New York Gets Its Water. Confronting the Parasite Economy. On Siberia's Ice Highway - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

Welcome to Disturbia - Curbed. Repeat after me! – They knew it was round, damn it! Esperanto: the language that never was. The Business of Too Much TV. Neanderthals Built Mystery Cave Rings 175,000 Years Ago. The Vikings at home. Indoor Farms Could Revolutionize Agriculture. On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West. Nothing But The Truth. The secret history of ancient toilets. Hyper-Reality. The Secret of Billions. Why do we have allergies? The Dark Art of Mastering Music. Isaac and the apple – the story and the myth.

From 'Bob's Burgers' to 'Bordertown': How Bento Box is Helping Korean Animation Studios Make Their Mark on American Television. Australia’s Offshore Cruelty. The trillion dollar question nobody is asking the presidential candidates. Why Are There Violent Rabbits In The Margins Of Medieval Manuscripts? DNA of ancient Phonecian could make us reconsider history of human migration. Io9.gizmodo. The Science Behind Sweden's Six-Hour Workday. After Tens of Thousands of Pigeons Vanish, One Comes Back – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich. Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. How England's First Feline Show Countered Victorian Snobbery About Cats.