The tiny nation leading a new space race (BBC Future)

As a new space race gathers pace, many tech executives have sold Mars as humankind’s off-Earth destiny. But they may be looking too far afield. Our most immediate chance for life-beyond-Earth lies much closer, a path likely to be blazed by far lesser-known companies. Building colonies on the Moon will “provide a blueprint to Mars”, …

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Catalonia’s referendum goes horribly wrong (Skynews Live Broadcasts)

  In late 2017, I conducted seven live broadcasts for Skynews, mostly concerning the Catalonia political crisis. It has taken me some time to upload these videos, so apologies, but alas my schedule has finally allowed for it. Click here to watch the broadcast from the day of the Catalonian referendum, October 1st, 2017.

Displaced Syrians cross the Rubicon (Bangkok Post)

AMMAN, JORDAN – When Khaled Khashet fled Syria over four years ago, he was the first of his family to leave. He said, straightly: “It was time.” This conclusion was not yet echoed by his loved ones, but Khaled upheld it with conviction, a hunch inspired by his experience in the Syrian army, which he …

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Jordan Trail: A trek through history via ancient villages and wild wadis (CNN Travel)

(CNN) -- Picture the Appalachian Trail in the United States, or the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Then draw a route through more than 10,000 years of history, covering Neolithic ruins, Biblical sites, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and russet landscapes that wouldn't look out of place on Mars. That's the …

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Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago: Sailing through one of Earth’s last paradises (CNN Travel)

Dunia Baru, a luxury charter yacht, at sail in front of MT-60, an newly named island in Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago(CNN)-- There are few places on Earth that rival the untamed wilderness and primal seclusion of Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. Captain Thomas Bruning knows this all too well. Since leaving his job as an engineer, the Austrian native …

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