Mars used to look just like California, at least according to a NASA video, an animation imagining blue sky, some white clouds, extensive lakes and impressive mountains 4 billion years ago. Then with the passage of time, it’s a desert. Yup, from the desert to the sea, it’s suspiciously similar to Southern Cal. Continue reading
Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels in Aleppo decapitated a man they believed to be the enemy and posted a gruesome video on YouTube on Wednesday. But when Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watched it, they recognized the bearded head dangled before the crowd as belonging to a fellow rebel, the Daily Telegraph reports. Continue reading
The former NSA contractor who fled the U.S. and leaked secrets is “absolutely alone” in Moscow and broke, his Russian lawyer says. Continue reading
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured a “natural color portrait” of Saturn that is the first to show the planet and its moons and rings in the same shot with Earth, Venus and Mars, according to the space agency.
Where are we? Continue reading
“Alcohol without the hangover? It’s closer than you think” is the headline that’s now whooshing its way around the Web. Trouble is: It’s a tad misleading. Continue reading
The Web has gotten an “f” this year, according to the Global Language Monitor, which tracks English words used online. In 2013, the “words” that popped up most often were 404 (the error code that announces the URL can’t be found) and “fail.” The most common phrases? “Toxic politics” and “federal shutdown.” Top names are Pope Francis and ObamaCare.
Were you there?
In 1945 when Army Air Corps Col. James Stewart returned to Indiana from combat missions in Europe, the recipient of an Oscar, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal was welcomed by his family, hometown and Life magazine.
To see more of Peter Stackpole’s photos for Life’s Sept. 24, 1945, cover story, go here.