Magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Chile increased risk nearby

Sometimes it seems like the Internet holds as many ridiculous claims about predicting earthquakes as it does cat memes. While it’s very clear that neither seismologists nor anyone else can fully predict earthquakes, that doesn’t mean the scientists know nothing. The basic process behind an earthquake is pretty simple. Friction between two blocks of rock trying to slide…

Kurdish forces take parts of Mosul dam from Isis fighters

An Iraqi security official said on Sunday Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State (Isis) extremist group earlier this month. General Tawfik Desty told the Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and US warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early on Sunday.…

Saudi prince robbed in Paris after motorcade held at gunpoint

Heavily armed gunmen stole thousands of pounds in an attack on a convoy of diplomatic vehicles belonging to a Saudi prince in the north of Paris on Sunday evening, French police have reported. The motorcade was heading through the French capital on its way to Le Bourget airport on Boulevard Périphérique, the city’s ring road. The eight…

Syrian Air Force strike ISIS positions in Raqqa

Syrian government forces carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State, killing at least 31 jihadists on Sunday. The moderate rebels are calling for US strikes, as in neighboring Iraq, saying the regime is not fighting the Islamic State hard enough. At least 26 airstrikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Syria were carried…

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Chile increased risk nearby

Sometimes it seems like the Internet holds as many ridiculous claims about predicting earthquakes as it does cat memes. While it’s very clear that neither seismologists nor anyone else can fully predict earthquakes, that doesn’t mean the scientists know nothing. The basic process behind an earthquake is pretty simple. Friction between two blocks of rock trying to slide…