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13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

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“Be very, very afraid”: Paul Krugman on the GOP’s scary economic “experts”

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>In today’s Republican Party, there’s no penalty for being consistently wrong<p>Luke Brinker<p>February 20, 2015 1:45pm (UTC)<p>The modern Republican Party is beholden to "economic charlatans and cranks" who reject the very notion of an "objective reality," Nobel …

Will and Kate Visit the US: In Pictures

Kate Middleton's Best Faces From The Royal Couple's Trip To New York City

Time flies when you're having fun -- and when you're keeping up with Prince William and Kate Middleton's three-day-trip to New York City.<p>Between galas, touring the city and even a run-in with our very own version of royalty known as the Carter-Knowles family, Kate and Will had a pretty busy, albeit …

“We are starting to break down”: Why so many Americans feel traumatized

From crippling income inequality to limitless government spying, modern American life has never felt so grim<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>November 23, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the …

Why corporations are desperate to destroy net neutrality

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>A free Internet is vital to the country’s infrastructure. For our plutocrats, it’s merely another profit center<p>Jim Hightower<p>November 13, 2014 11:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When it comes to Internet Service Providers and high-speed Internet, the consumer …

The GOP’s poisonous double-speak: Thomas Frank on how Republicans hijacked the midterms

<b>Karl Rove, David Koch (AP/Marion Curtis/Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Once again, Republicans used their patented brand of fake populism to make Democrats look like chumps<p>Thomas Frank<p>November 9, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Last week, with the Republican campaign robo-calls coming one after …

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over”

<b>(AP/Charles Dharapak)</b><p>“There has not been nearly enough change,” she tells Salon, taking on Obama failures, lobbyists, tuition. So 2016?<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 12, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>Senator Elizabeth Warren scarcely requires an introduction. She is the single most exciting Democrat currently on the …

Ancient Basketmaker Village Found in Arizona Petrified Forest

Science News<p>PHOENIX — Archaeologists have unearthed a village believed to be about 1,300 years old and containing more than 50 sandstone-walled homes at Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona, one of the researchers said Friday. The discovery was made by a team that surveyed part of …

Here’s What’s New On Netflix In October

In case you didn’t already binge watch season 4 of <i>The Walking Dead</i> — made available this past weekend on Netflix streaming — there’s a cache of new programming ready to fill up your queue in October. We’re getting an instant Tarantino classic, a ton of new seasons of TV, and a few new horror films …

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iPhone 6 Review: It’s a Winner

In my view, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens.<p>After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the …

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American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

<b>(AP/Susan Walsh/Chris Usher/Janet Van Ham/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The neoconservative “do something” crowd are really “Know Nothings” — and fatally misread the decade after 9/11<p>Elias Isquith<p>September 6, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>In the inaugural post for his new blog at the Intercept, former Washington Post …

Henry Kissinger Reminds Us Why Realism Matters

When Henry Kissinger talks about world order, to some it might seem as if he is living in a previous century. The 17th, perhaps. Beginning with his …

Death of Yoda the 650-Year-Old Tree Tells Tale of Southwest Drought

Environment<p>A Douglas fir affectionately named Yoda survived many a drought in its six-plus centuries of existence in a rugged lava flow in the El Malpais National Monument area near Grants, New Mexico, but it couldn’t weather the current extreme drought in the parched Southwest.<p>The recent death of …

iOS 7 How-to: Manage your iCloud storage space from an iOS device

Apple gives all iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage. For most users, this is more than plenty of space, but for some, it isn’t nearly enough. This space is used for iOS device backups, iWork and other documents, and email if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com address.<p>In this article, …

This Wi-Fi Router Provides the Fastest Connection

After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 Wi-Fi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link …

This Sultry Photo Of Star-Birthing Regions In Space Will Get You All Fired Up

Hello, gorgeous.<p>A star cluster and a nebula in the Southern Milky Way take center stage in a spectacular new image from the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The eye-popping photo, released today by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), shows the star-forming regions in sultry red.<p><i>(Story continues</i> …

How to Brew Coffee: 8 Step-by-Step Videos from Stumptown Coffee & Bon Appétit

We got a major lesson on how to brew coffee—eight different ways—with these videos from java experts Stumptown Coffee Roasters<p>Coffee. Any way you look at it, it's become way easier to get a decent cup in the past decade or so. The rise of good coffee (and the attendant coffee nerdery) has made us …

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The $95 Watch Designed To Win Over The Luxury Market

Upstart watch brand Leonard & Church wants to deliver luxury-caliber watches at prices that appeal to discerning consumers.<p>Leonard & Church began, like so businesses do, when the founder wanted something. Chris Chon was approaching the end of his MBA at Kellogg School of Management, and he was …