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Get an explosive taste of the 'Doom' multiplayer mode

<i>Doom</i> is upon us. The closed alpha for id Software's <i>Doom</i> launches tomorrow, October 23rd (at midnight ET) and runs through October 25th. The alpha is available to those who pre-ordered the game online before May 24th and people who redeemed beta codes found in some physical copies of <i>Wolfenstein: The</i> …

Mercedes' newest mini car is one you'd actually want to drive

If you live in a metropolitan area like San Francisco, New York or Chicago, you understand the appeal of a tiny car. It's easier to swoop through traffic and it can be parked nearly anywhere. Smart says the Fortwo is the tiniest of the tiny cars available in the United States. The latest version of …

Rugs to riches: Dyson announces record profits of £367m

Sales of cordless vacuum cleaners and humidifiers drive sales at British group, which spends £3m on research and development each week<p>Dyson, the privately owned British engineering group famous for its vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, has announced record-breaking profits of £367m, up 13% on the …

'Wildest Dreams' Director Defends Taylor Swift Video Against Whitewashing Accusations

Grammy-winning director Joseph Kahn has defended his latest music video, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” from accusations of whitewashing over its …

Louisiana Is Falling off the Map

BAYOU PETIT CAILLOU, La.—Just before sunset on a humid weekday, Vic and Bebe McElroy, a couple in their 60s, are cruising through one of the bayous …

The Miix 700 is Lenovo's Surface killer

Lenovo has arguably done more than any other PC maker to blur the line between tablets and laptops, but its new Ideapad Miix 700 convertible tablet is clearly aimed at one competitor in particular: Microsoft's Surface. Like that machine, the Miix 700 sports a kickstand with a high-tech hinge; it's …

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's minimal maternity leave plan prompts dismay

The tech company chief says she will take only two weeks off and be ‘working throughout’ when she gives birth to twins but campaigners lament her example<p>Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, has been criticized after announcing she is taking as little as two weeks of maternity leave and will be …

12 Classic Mariah Carey Moments From Her Walk Of Fame Ceremony

It's now called "The Hollywood Walk of Mariah."

How Zombie Spiders Are Enslaved As Wasp Nursery Builders

Parasitic wasps are horrible things. They inject their quarry with chemicals that turn them into zombies, forcing the host animal to do their bidding. A new study has some insight into how a species of spider is forced to build a nursery for tiny wasp babies, ensuring their survival after the …

7 Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done Around the House

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How Chelsea Clinton Took Charge of Clintonworld

After growing up in a scandal-rocked White House, Chelsea Clinton shunned the spotlight for close to a decade. But, at 35, she is helping run the family’s $2 billion foundation while controversy swirls around its funding and her mother’s second presidential campaign. Evgenia Peretz reports on the …

Jon Stewart's greatest takedowns: The Internet's definitive list

Jon Stewart is a comedian with a conscience — late-night television's leading crusader against fear-mongering enemies of progress, political …

The moment Truman announced the bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, US B-29 aircraft the Enola Gay unleashed unprecedented power when it dropped the world's first atomic bomb, "Little Boy" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.<p>Three days later, the US dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki.<p>The bombings caused unrivalled destruction and …

BMW creating performance wheelchair

BMW is working on a new high-performance vehicle featuring lightweight carbon fiber construction and improved steering and braking performance.<p>There will be no engine, though, because this is a racing wheelchair.<p>It's BMW North America's latest project for the U.S. Olympic Team. The wheelchair will …

The Bad Boys Of Indian YouTube

YouTube is exploding in India right now, and four comedians from Mumbai who go by the name All India Bakchod are leading the pack. But after causing a national scandal by organizing India’s first comedy roast, they’re discovering the country might not be quite ready to laugh at itself yet.<p>In the …

Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Atlas to Reflect Shrinking Ice

While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps.<p>Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat climate change, President Obama on Monday referenced recent dramatic changes that National …

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Back to Cool: 17 DIYs to Organize Your Desk and Office

It’s just about that time again. Cars are packing up, books are being ordered and, if you’re a teacher, the woes of professional development have likely already begun. School will be back in session before you know it, and this year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your desk from becoming …

Growing Up Trump

Twenty-five years ago, Donald Trump had already achieved no small measure of success. His unmistakable buildings speckled the sprawls of Manhattan …

What We Know About Google's Alphabet Soup. And What We Don't.

A conglomeration of unanswered questions.<p>The world’s most dominant Internet company — its most ambitious and, yes, often its most feared — is now just three engineers, a lawyer and a financier. And, so far, no public-facing executive investors can reach to hold the company to account.<p>That’s the …

The Man Who Found the Titanic Is Not Done Yet

Thirty years ago, Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He could have stopped there. Yet today, at seventy-three, he remains the world's most vigorous ocean explorer.<p>September 1, 1985, 1:05 a.m., the North Atlantic<p>Robert Ballard is belowdecks on the R/V <i>Knorr,</i> a 279-foot research vessel …

Inside the GOP Clown Car

T<p>he thing is, when you actually think about it, it’s not funny. Given what’s at stake, it’s more like the opposite, like the first sign of the …

'Tinder for elites' app The League had an exclusive party in Montauk with helicopter rides and celebrities — here's what went down

Stanford graduate Amanda Bradford founded The League and raised $2.1 million to match up highly motivated and interesting single professionals.<p>On July 31, The League held a party out in Montauk, exclusively for its selective group of New York users. Actress Mischa Barton was among the party's …

Montauk

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the …

How Hurricane Katrina Turned Pets Into People

After Katrina, animal rescuers saved thousands of New Orleans' cats and dogs — and in the process, elevated the status of pets in the eyes of the law.<p>It was late morning on Aug. 29, 2005, and William Morgan’s home was rapidly filling with water. Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in …

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook

Create a social network or risk everything.<p>That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the …

Social Media

The Grueling Life of a Long-Haul Trucker

12,000 miles a month, surprisingly clean truck stop showers, and dogs riding shotgun — inside the cab with an American road warrior<p>Long-haul trucker Josh Giesbrecht lives a strange and solitary life, spending weeks on the road at a time while hauling cargo from point A to point B, covering vast …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature