"Most of the Earth remains unexplored - never seen by human eyes. Even the seafloor viewed indirectly, by cameras towed over the bottom, adds little more the minuscule total amount we have seen, probably less than one percent. Scientists have barely looked into our own dark abyss."
Islamic State militants have seized the ancient city of Palmyra, near Damascus, in Syria. Palmyra has become the latest site of major archaeological significance to be take over by IS, who are threatening to destroy the UNESCO world heritage site. Syria's head of antiquities Maamoun Abdul Karim said: "This is the entire world's battle," He called on the US-led military coalition against IS to prevent the group destroying the ancient site.
You can read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32820857
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