Aug 18, 2015

First two women soldiers pass elite U.S. Army Ranger course

Two women have made military history after becoming the first female soldiers to pass the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger Course, the Army said on Monday. The two, along with 94 men, passed the 62-day leadership course, which teaches students “how to overcome fatigue, hunger, ...

Aug 9, 2015

First woman completes swim across San Francisco Bay

A New Zealand native became the first woman to swim the 30-mile (50-kilometer) stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and conquer one of the world’s most dangerous crossings. Kim Chambers, 38, dove in the cold water late Friday ...

Aug 9, 2015

World's priciest wine is rare Burgundy at $15,195 a bottle

France’s famous Burgundy region has a double reason to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerging as the world’s most expensive wine just after the region was named a U.N. world heritage site. Richebourg Grand Cru sells at a whopping $15,195 (€14,254) ...

Jul 17, 2015

Experimental U.S. drone sets flight record

A U.S. experimental drone has set a record for the longest continuous flight of a craft of its size, staying in the air for three days, the International Aeronautical Federation said. The Orion prototype long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, similar to the well-known Predator and ...

Hawaii-bound Solar Impulse sets record

Jul 3, 2015

Hawaii-bound Solar Impulse sets record

A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said Thursday. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any ...

An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

Jun 30, 2015

An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. The ...

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

Jun 21, 2015

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

The world’s second-tallest building, Shanghai Tower, will soon open in the Chinese financial capital with a twist — a 120-degree twist, to be exact. A triangular “outer skin” twists around a circular core, sending the glass-and-steel tower spiraling 632 meters (2,086 feet) into the ...