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The coolest 17 people on the internet right now, according to teens

Recently, we did some research and talked to dozens of teenagers who told us which celebrities they like the most. Answers included run-of-the-mill actors and singers, but it was YouTubers and Vine stars that dominated their responses.<p>We've collected their responses here to show you which stars, …

Troye Sivan

23 Free Health And Fitness Apps You Need To Download Immediately

Whether you're trying to lose weight, train for a 5k, or just track your sodium intake, there's an app for that.<p>Response in this post have been edited and condensed for clarity.

On porn, prose and loneliness: An appreciation of David Foster Wallace

I've been thinking a lot this week, which marks the 20th anniversary of <i>Infinite Jest</i>’s publication, about the first time I ever read David Foster …

15 Ways To Work Out Harder And Actually See Results

For everyone who's ready to take their fitness to the next level.

I can't shake this totally believable theory about the new 'Star Wars' villain

<b>Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."</b><p>There's still a lot we don't know about after seeing the new "Star Wars" movie. One of the biggest mysteries surrounds the new villain, Supreme Leader Snoke.<p>Since the moment I saw the character on screen, I've only …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Why Throwing Yourself Into the Unknown Can Be the Best Thing You Can Do to Yourself

Most of us are scared of diving into the unknown, of uncertainty, of unfamiliarity, of not knowing what's going to happen. We are scared that things could go wrong, that things will be uncomfortable, and that things might not go as expected.<p>But throwing yourself into the unknown can be very …

9 Things I Wish I'd Known About Love And Sex In My Early Twenties

<b>One guy looks back at all the lessons he learned the hard way.</b><p><i>By Christopher Post</i>, SELF<p><i>Photo: Karineh Gurjian Angelo</i><p>Today I'm a happily engaged, relatively well-adjusted thirty-something guy. But I wasn't always so lucky, and it was a long (occasionally miserable) path to get to where I am now.<p>For …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Books

7 Summer Reads for the Curious Mind

Charles Scribner's Sons<p>Dover Publications, Inc.<p>Kurt Wolff Verlag, Leipzig<p>Charles Scribner's Sons<p>International Publishers<p>Cassell<p>Norton Critical Edition<p>…

Literature

I read the 100 “best” fantasy and sci-fi novels - and they were shockingly offensive

Why are so many of NPR's list of best science fiction books so misogynistic, and why can't we move past our nostalgia for them?<p>When it comes to the …

Science Fiction

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

<i>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</i> by Robert M. Pirsig<p>The story of a father and son’s summer motorcycle trip across America from Minnesota to …

7 games with a Zen state of mind

You've had a long day. Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush to get to work. To make matters worse, you get to your bus just as it's pulling away, so you have to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Then you spill coffee down the front of your shirt right before a meeting with a client. And to top it …

Here's Everything You Need To Know To Actually Put On Muscle

Whey protein and biceps curls not required.

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

10 authors who excel on the internet

Writers are finding imaginative ways to negotiate the new era of electronic intimacy with readers. Here are some of the best<p>The internet offers authors the next best thing to teleportation: the chance to connect with readers from almost anywhere, in real time. Many writers fall back on self-serving …

String theory and black holes

A public lecture and interactive webcast by Amanda Peet<p>Black holes are the ‘thought experiment’ <i>par excellence</i>, where the big three of physics - quantum mechanics, general relativity and thermodynamics - meet and fight it out, dragging in brash newcomers such as information theory and strings for …

We need David Letterman’s America: How the Leno/Fallon/Colbert choice defines us and how we see the world

Perhaps it’s our real divide: Letterman/Colbert’s irony and subversion vs. Leno/Fallon’s desperate need to be liked<p>The papers have been signed. When David Letterman tosses his final Top 10 List card into the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 20, Stephen Colbert will be the one to take over …

Mind-boggling images from 25 years of the Hubble Telescope

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope, 25 years ago this week, on April 24, 1990. The $2.5 billion project has transformed the way the public and …

Big History

NASA needs lightweight spacecraft materials to explore the universe

While NASA has been able to go where it wants using existing materials for spacecraft, lightweight ones will enable the agency to explore more places in our solar system and beyond. That's why NASA is now investing in the development of ultra-lightweight (ULW) materials that could reduce a …

National Geographic Travel

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

You Could Eat Fast Food After A Workout To Build Muscle

No need for fancy supplements<p>Whether you’re training for a marathon or pumping iron like Arnold, intense physical activity depletes your muscles’ primary source of energy, glycogen. There’s a whole industry of post-workout supplements designed to help your muscles bounce back as quickly as …

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National Geographic Travel

5 Filthy Jokes You (And the Censors) Missed in Famous Movies

There's no greater pleasure in life than tricking people into watching smut. Although you have to be smart about it. Inserting, say, an …

20 Self-Help Books To Better Your Life In All Aspects

This list of 20 self-help books is broken down into subjects ranging from dating to business. Find out how each can help you become a stronger person!

Dating

Five tips for would-be writers – No 1: if you want to shine, you have to polish

The road to publication is often paved with rejection, says myfirstbookdeal.com blogger Caroline Madden, where she interviews authors such as Donal …

Writing

18 Things You Might Not Know About Inspector Gadget

With a CGI reboot about to hit Netflix, now is a perfect time to think back to <i>Inspector Gadget</i>. The classic cartoon ran original episodes for only …

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …

Consciousness