Each year, the most prestigious and recognizable individual trophy in sports is awarded to the season’s best college football player. Over the past year Kent Babb tracked down each of the 78 original trophies awarded to the winner. Read the stories behind each one’s travels.
Nuclear material was stolen from a truck in Mexico this week before being recovered two days later. Such incidents are alarmingly frequent. More than 20 cases of theft or loss of nuclear material take place every year, according to the IAEA. Many are never publicly reported. These are selected cases from the past 10 years, based on reports tracked by the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary. Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount. Built atop Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, this 36-acre site is the place where seminal events in Islam, Judaism and Christianity are said to have taken place, and it has been a flash point of conflict for millenniums. Many aspects of its meaning and history are still disputed by religious and political leaders, scholars, and even archaeologists. Several cycles of building and destruction have shaped what is on this hilltop today.
Until recently, sending cargo or people into Earth’s orbit was a task reserved for a handful of government agencies and contractors, but a new breed of entrepreneurs wants to make getting into space a much easier proposition. Some of these new companies are not only engaged in making space tourism a viable business but are also setting ambitious, long-term objectives, such as going to Mars.