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12 Terrifically Glamorous Camping Options

While we might prefer to avoid the awkward sounding neologism "glamping," there's no doubt that this modern trend of retiring to remote places while maintaining the trappings of luxury is now extremely popular.<p>Here are a few destinations and suggestions that allow one to camp out indulgently.<p>1. …

Celine Dion Offers to Keep Lonely Airport Guy Company

All by himself? Hardly.<p>Nearly 15 million views later, Richard Dunn's unapologetic Celine Dion lip-syncing has captured the attention of the world.<p>And …

The World Cup Logo: Propaganda, Metaphor or Just a Drawing?

RIO DE JANEIRO — Usually, a logo is just a logo. But when it comes to the official emblem of the 2014 World Cup — a global sports mega-event with …

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Shows Off the Fire Phone

SEATTLE — It's been rumored for years that Amazon has been working on a smartphone of its own, but today is the day it finally reared its head, and …

What's Up With This Green Coca-Cola?

U.S. consumers this fall may start seeing a green bottle of Coca-Cola on their shelves, a mid-calorie cola known as Coca-Cola Life that's the first …

This App Lets You Say 'Yo' to Your Contacts. That's It. (Wait, Is It?)

Moshe Hogeg had a problem: He was tired of sending countless text messages to his assistant, asking her to come into the room. So Hogeg, CEO of the …

5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked

"Don't use your phone while it's charging," "don't leave it plugged in overnight" and "always let it die completely" — these are just a few popular …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

Mountain top in Chile to be blasted off for Extremely Large Telescope

Shortly after lunch on Thursday afternoon the silence of the Atacama desert in Chile will be rudely broken by the dull crack of dynamite sending a rush of mountain rock skywards.<p>The explosion, planned for 2pm local time (7pm BST), marks the start of a months-long project to lop the top off the …

Iranian President Rouhani says country is ready to help Iraq if asked

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday his country is ready to help Iraq if asked, adding that it has "no option but to confront terrorism," as hundreds of young Iraqi men poured into volunteer centers across Baghdad, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight …

Iraqi PM orders troops to make stand in Samarra; U.S. sends aircraft carrier

Iraq's leader directed his troops to make their stand against advancing Sunni militants in a flashpoint city home to a revered Shiite mosque, an order that highlights the sectarian fighting tearing the country apart.<p>Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's order came as he sought to put new fire in the …

Iraqi Shiites Take Up Arms as Militants Consolidate Hold

Hundreds of young Iraqi men streamed into volunteer centers across the Iraqi capital on Saturday, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight against al Qaeda linked militants advancing in the north.<p>From across Baghdad, volunteers were ferried in buses to a base in the …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Where Life Is: The Search for a Planet Like Ours

The hunt for Earth-like planets is hampered by funding issues, but scientists still believe.<p>Residents of the Pacific Northwest sometimes refer to the region as “God’s Country,” not for the ceaseless rain that soaks the land from October until May, but for those few glorious summer months when the …

Dinosaurs Were 'In The Middle' Of Warm-Blooded And Cold-Blooded, Scientists Say

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded like reptiles, fish and amphibians finally has a good answer.<p>Dinosaurs, for eons Earth's dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years …

Designer Translates Nature’s Jagged Patterns Into Sound Waves

It’s a natural human tendency to see patterns and forms in abstract landscapes–we think clouds look like animals and draw constellations in random smatterings of stars.<p>In her series “Sound Form Wave,” Ukrainian designer Anna Marinenko draws a fresh comparison between visualized sound waves and …

These High School Entrepreneurs are Building the Next Google

The next Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs or Larry Page could still be in high school. Three 17-year-old students at Horace Mann School in Riverdale, N.Y. …

Learn How to Write Anything Pertaining to Life and Business

In the musical “Oliver!” The Artful Dodger sings, “I’d do anything…anything for you” to Nancy. Well in business – scratch that – in life it would be …

Study: Vast Underground 'Ocean' Discovered Near Earth's Core

Scientists have discovered vast water reserves near Earth’s mantle, a finding that could reshape our understanding of where Earth’s water came …

Mary Steenburgen Joins 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 3

Mary Steenburgen is going to serve time on <i>Orange is the New Black</i> Season 3, <i>Mashable</i> confirms.<p>Steenburgen, whose most recent TV gigs included parts on</i> …

This Is What Iraq Looked Like This Week

An al-Qaeda-inspired splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), has been marching towards Baghdad, Iraq, capturing two major cities …

Animator Behind Fictional Video Game in 'Her' Announces Real-Life Release

Samantha, the artificially intelligent operating system, wasn't the only impressive tech in Spike Jonze's <i>Her</i>. Joaquin Phoenix's character plays a …

61% of Brazilians Feel World Cup Is Bad for the Nation, Survey Finds

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday in Brazil, and while millions of fans are excited for the world's most-popular sporting event, a cloud of …

LinkedIn Joins Google, Reveals Employee Gender, Diversity Gap

LinkedIn released employee demographic data for the first time on Thursday, revealing a workforce that is mostly male, and mostly white.<p>Of LinkedIn's …

Real-Time Wastewater Analysis Shows What Drugs Are Being Used Where

Drugs have been found in wastewater around the world.<p>When people take drugs, they end up in the water, either unchanged or broken down into specific metabolites. Increasingly, water can be tested to gauge how much drug use is going on in an area, and a new study shows that the level of illegal …

Big Pic: The Sun Emitted Three Enormous Flares In 24 Hours

The flares caused radio blackouts for about an hour each.<p>The sun emitted three X-class flares—the most powerful type—over June 10 and June 11. Very sparkly. Each flare blasted enough radiation to cause blackouts in radio communications for about an hour on the sunlit side of Earth, according to the …

What's In Your Drinking Water?

The liquid pharmacy in your glass, and why you shouldn't be too concerned<p>In the 1970s, several studies turned up pharmaceuticals in treated U.S. sewage water, and drugs have been a known unknown in water supplies ever since. Recently, researchers at the Environmental Protection Agency tested 50 …