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ISIS Is Making Nearly $100 Million Per Month Selling Oil. Who’s Buying It?

ISIS is raking in the oil money. The Iraq Energy Institute estimates that the terrorist organization is making approximately $3.2 million per day selling oil on the black market: $1.2 from oil in Iraq and $2 million from oil in Syria. A complex smuggling operation funnels the oil out of the region through Iran, Kurdistan, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Hussein Allawi is the manager of the Iraq Energy Institute in Baghdad. He told CNN, “They use oil tank trucks instead of oil pipes.

This Time-Lapse of Super-Rare Asperatus Clouds Looks Like Waves In the Sky (Video)

Undulatus asperatus clouds are extremely rare. They’re so rare, in fact, that they weren’t even classified until 2009. So when storm-chaser Alex Schueth came across asperatus clouds during a storm in Lincoln, Nebraska this past July, he knew he had to capture the amazing phenomenon. Schueth put together a time-lapse video of all the footage he gathered. Check it out below: The wave-like appearance of the clouds is the result of colliding air masses underneath them, which alters the shape of

The Rockefellers Are Selling Off Their Oil Investments to Re-Invest In Clean Energy

Back in 1870, American entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller entered the emerging oil industry by founding the Standard Oil Company. His company dominated the industry, controlling around 90% of the country’s refineries and pipelines by the 1880s. Many people were critical of Rockefeller and Standard Oil. On multiple occasions, the company was accused of colluding with railroad companies and using predatory pricing to take out its competitors. Finally, in 1911, the Supreme Court found the company guilty of violating anti-trust laws and forced Standard Oil to dissolve. It

This Picture of the Moon Is the First Photo Taken By A New 3-D Printed Telescope

3-D printing technology has been improving in leaps and bounds lately, and now it can add yet another cool accomplishment to its resumé: taking a picture of the moon. It all started with a team of astronomers at the University of Sheffield in England who wanted to see if they could design their own high-powered telescope rather than paying thousands of dollars for one. Using only 3-D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, the team was able to create a telescope capable

Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests

Large crowds holding both Russian and Ukrainian flags flood the streets of Moscow to protest Russia's covert actions in Ukraine (Photo: RIA Novosti)

Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite

This Guy Just Became the First Person to Explore the Largest Beaver Dam in the World

Deep in the woods of northern Alberta, Canada, lies an engineering masterpiece. But this is not man-made structure, it’s a 2,788-foot beaver dam, so big that it can actually be seen from space. The dam, first discovered in a series of satellite images in 2007, is buried deep in the forests of Wood Mountain National Park, and was thought to be inaccessible to humans. But for amateur explorer Rob Mark, that sounded like a challenge: “There was a reoccurring theme that it

5 Months After the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign, Nothing Has Been Done

Do you remember back in April when social media was flooded with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls following the kidnapping of 270 girls from a school in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram? Everyone got in on the hashtag, from Queen Latifa to Malala Yousafzai and Michele Obama. But what has been done since then? Pretty much nothing actually. Though 57 of the girls managed to escape within the first few days, not a single girl has actually been rescued. How could this be,

U.S. Puts $10 Million Bounty On ISIS Members Who Beheaded American Journalists

In a rare unanimous vote on Friday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that will pay up to $10 million for information that leads to the arrests and/or convictions of the ISIS terrorists involved in the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Marco Rubio, a Republican Senator from Sotloff’s home state of Florida, spoke after the bill was passed: “One way we can honor the memories of James Foley and Steven Sotloff is to bring their evil

8 Russian Military Aircraft Intercepted By U.S. and Canadian Air Force

Yesterday evening, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) reported that a total of 8 Russian military aircraft had been intercepted along the west coasts of Canada and Alaska on Thursday. The crafts were intercepted in two separate events. In one encounter, two American F-22s based in Alaska intercepted, “two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers” that flew within 55 nautical miles (63.3 regular miles) of the Alaskan coast. NORAD reported that as the

Plan to Cut Down the World’s Largest Underwater Forest in Ghana Sparks Controversy

Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, the government of newly-independent Ghana built the Akosombo Dam on the Volta river to provide electricity to the country’s growing aluminum industry. The dam flooded 3,275 square miles of tropical forest, creating the Lake Volta reservoir, the largest man-made body of water on Earth. Though the flooding killed the trees, the oxygen in the water preserved them, and they quickly became the center of a complex underwater ecosystem in the lake. For local fishermen, however, the trees

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