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The Verge 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The Folio Society Edition of <i>A Wizard of Earthsea</i><p>The Folio Society edition of <i>A Wizard of Earthsea</i> is a beautiful hardcover edition that includes new illustrations to Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy classic. Other new editions are available at the Folio Society's site.

Facebook is poised to take the chatbot world by storm

Even though chatbots have been around for quite some time -- remember the SmarterChild bot on AIM? -- they've only recently become the darlings of the tech world. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its Conversations as a Platform initiative, wherein it plans to build bots into Skype to help …

Run the Jewels bring Bernie Sanders and Nas to Coachella

INDIO, California — Ahead of their set at Coachella on Saturday, Run the Jewels told <i>Mashable</i> they had a very special surprise guest who would be …

How International Students Are Changing U.S. Colleges

The number of international students attending U.S. universities has increased dramatically in recent years. For some schools, the trend is a boon, boosting enrollment and investment. But many people worry international students may be squeezing out U.S. applicants to get in.<p><b>Related:</b> Heavy …

Students

How the Pope Flies: Across Four Continents with John Paul II

I flew on Air Force One when Bill Clinton made the first Presidential trip to Vietnam after the war. I went to Africa with Henry Kissinger, Asia with Madeleine Albright, the Middle East with Colin Powell, and Europe with Condoleezza Rice, when they were Secretaries of State. But travelling with a …

Christianity

Apple Gets Hardcore About Its Hobbies

The iPad wasn’t versatile enough for business. The iPhone camera wasn’t sharp enough for photographers. And none of Apple’s products were fast enough for diehard gamers. Until today.<p>The resounding theme of Apple’s big press event was that it got serious about making its mainstream products powerful …

What Are Beer Hops?

<i>What do wolves, marijuana and beer have in common? The answer is hops.</i><p>Ok, what’s up with the riddle? The fact of the matter is that the major ingredient which puts the bitterness, the herbaceousness, the grassiness and the dryness in beer is the hop, a perennial vining plant whose scientific …

Beer

Angela Merkel's incredible rise from quantum chemist to the world's most powerful woman

Germany's Angela Merkel is the undisputed leader of her political party, and she faces hardly any opposition in her now third parliamentary term as chancellor.<p>In honor of the Bundeskanzlerin's birthday, here's the story of Merkel's rise from humble beginnings under an oppressive East German regime …

Europe