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How to access free and legal copies of English and American classic literature online

Add up all the textbooks and calculators that students need to buy and September can be rough for American parents and their children. While schools require purchases of the latest textbook editions each year, parents can acquire some books that never go out of date—and cost nearly nothing.<p>Many of …

Literature

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

US parents largely unaware of what their children do online, research finds

New study points to a ‘digital disconnect’ between children and adults, with only 13% of teens thinking their parents understood the extent of their internet use<p>The parents of America’s digitally literate teenagers are largely in the dark about their children’s internet activity, new research has …

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

Last summer, early in the morning, I stood out in the main square of Florence to watch the tourists come in. It was quiet. A Zamboni-like street cleaner drove its rounds, leaving wet circles on the paving stones. A vendor unpacked tarp-wrapped souvenirs from the back of his white van. When the …

Christmas Ornaments

3 Travel Tools Millennials Use and You Should Too

How to save time, money and discover local hidden gems with these new travel tools that Millennials are using to elevate their game.<p>Travel planning can be nothing short of a hassle.<p>Luckily, the market is full of new tools to improve your experience. The problem is finding the products that really …

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'I worried people would forget about me': can teenagers survive without social media?

Young people now spend hours a day on social media: so what happened when we asked seven teenagers to switch off?<p>Sixteen-year-old Henry Button is Skyping while bouncing up and down on a big pilates ball. “I sleep with my phone on my pillow. It’s the first thing I reach for when I wake up in the …

Social Media

Would you let an algorithm manage your relationships?

There are few aspects of our lives that are not influenced by algorithms. But would you let one manage your relationships with other humans?<p>“I had this everyday feeling – stress about not properly articulating my emotions in my emails to people,” artist and writer Joanne McNeil tells me over the …

Black Mirror

A rule has been broken on Wall Street, and 'any banker with a brain' is now looking for an exit

Historically, you would join a firm as an analyst right out of college — if not earlier as an intern — and you'd work your way up through the ranks of associate, vice president, managing director, and, at some banks, partner.<p>You'd remain loyal to the firm for 30-odd years and retire in your 50s …

LuLu*s How-To: Party Perfect Ponytail Hair Tutorial

Wanting to show off your backless holiday dress, or maybe you need to spruce up that second-day hair? Grab your curling iron and give our Party …

This Seriously Easy Braid Can Hide Second-Day Hair

Braids are kind of the best style for dirty, messy, product-laden hair. And you if you don't believe me, just ask associate digital editor Renee Jacques, who requested that I please braid her hair, even though "it's knotted and filled with dry shampoo, and I haven't washed it in days." (If that's …

Hair

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

19 of America's most surreal travel destinations

From massive underground caves to rainbow-clad natural formations, the country is teeming with breathtaking spots that leave travelers in awe.<p>We've put together a collection of 19 such sights to visit in the US, from the world's largest gypsium dunefield to shimmering ice caves hidden within a …

This flexible phone prototype lets you flick through digital books

"Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips"<p>Researchers from Queen's University in Canada have created a flexible smartphone prototype that allows users to navigate pages by bending the screen. The ReFlex is a fully functional Android phone that incorporates a 720p …

Comic Books

5 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2016

The machines will keep getting smarter, but they're not taking over the world just yet.<p>Comb through headlines pertaining to artificial intelligence over the past 12 months and you'll see the pendulum of conversation around <i>the machines</i> swing from gushing optimism to doomsday scenarios and back again.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Overnight Cybersecurity: Feds, Silicon Valley to discuss online terror threat

<i>Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots</i> …

Taylor Swift's LA Florist Snap Is Instagram's Second Most-Liked Photo of All Time

In case you missed it, last September Kanye West sent enemy-turned-frenemie-turned-actual-friend Taylor Swift an insane floral arrangement from popular LA flower shop The Empty Vase. While it's no surprise that the photo was an instant hit, the world enjoyed it so much that it was apparently the …

US Marshals raided a Chinese electric skateboard company at CES

US Marshals raided the CES booth of a Chinese electric skateboard company today on the grounds it was showing off a product patented by another company, according to a report in <i>Bloomberg</i>. The device, a one-wheeled self-balancing skateboard called the Trotter, is made by Changzhou First …

CES

Game Of Thrones Has Officially Announced A Premiere Date For Season Six

All right, all right, all right: It’s almost time for all the speculation, the nail-biting, and the jaw-clenching to be over. All those secrets you were hoping would be revealed with the new season of <i>Game of Throne</i> are coming. We can’t tell you who’s dead or alive (not even Obama knows for sure, …

TV Series

20 Plus Size Party Dresses for NYE (+ Beyond)

Fact: You can never have too many party-ready options for your rotation of holiday shindigs, glitzy NYE fêtes and countless other functions that seem to fill your post-holiday season agenda. Whether you’re just not feeling the same old sequin dress or a last-minute outfit switcheroo is in order, …

A Yezidi Woman Who Escaped ISIS Slavery Tells Her Story

It is not easy for Nadia to tell this story, and she’s been doing it all day. She’s about my age, wearing a leather jacket just like mine, and her …

Yazidis

Yes, You Can Air-Dry Your Hair In Cold Weather

Thanks to our obsession with model-off-duty hair, plenty of us have started to both embrace our natural textures and air-dry our hair. All summer …

The 10 Best Books of 2015

In a year that saw books at the center of the conversation, here are the 10 that for us defined 2015.<p>With the return of the big novel, Hanya Yanagihara’s <i>A Little Life</i> (Doubleday) is the one that truly earned its weight in paper: Her saga of four friends in New York pinned us to the sofa until the …

Google to route users to Accelerated Mobile Pages in February

Google announced today that it will begin routing traffic to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) by late February 2016.<p>The company previously revealed plans to do so at some point next year, but hadn’t specified when that might be. The AMP project aims to deliver fast-loading content from numerous …

A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten

If you've found that you are sensitive to gluten — the stretchy protein that makes wheat bread fluffy and pie crusts crisp — perhaps you've had to bear the brunt of the gluten-free backlash.<p>Some 47 percent of American consumers say the gluten-free diet is a fad, according to Mintel research. And …

Sam Harris talks Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness: “We are confronting people, in dozens of countries, who despise more or less everything that we value”

<b>Sam Harris (Simon & Schuster/Ray Garcia)</b><p>Famed atheist and Salon debate and discuss Islamophobia, religion and liberalism, as well as Ben Carson’s appeal<p>Sean Illing<p>November 25, 2015 7:10pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this month, Salon engaged in a correspondence with Sam Harris about his thoughts on atheism, the …

Religion

Soma, Spice and Substance D: A History of Drugs in Science Fiction

Ever since humans have been telling stories, we've been telling stories about drugs.<p>As long as we've been telling stories, we've been telling stories about drugs. At 4,000 years old, the <i>Epic of Gilgamesh</i> is generally considered the oldest known work of literature. And ultimately, it's about drugs: …