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CNN

Finding North America’s lost medieval city | Ars Technica

Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.<p>A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds …

When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings

Eighty years ago JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis dared each other to write a sci-fi novel. It was a challenge that would lead to the creation of The Lord of the Rings<p>Once upon a time two friends made a wager. "Tollers," one said to the other, "there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am …

Literature

10 Essential Godzilla Movies

The Godzilla character has a long and storied history both on and off screen as a Japanese and American cultural icon. The monster debuted as a …

The Prophet Motive

Is Dan Price a sinner or a savior?<p><i>Last year, Seattle start-up CEO Dan Price slashed his $1 million salary in order to raise his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year. Overnight, he became a media darling and a folk hero for millennials. Then things got weird. His brother sued him for fraud.His</i> …

Dave Grohl

Inside the Dark, Weird and Surprisingly Expensive World of Selling Dead Celebrity Hair

Last week, less than six months after David Bowie died, a lock of his hair went up for sale.<p>It had been trimmed from Bowie's head back in his<i>Let's</i> …

Independence Day Weekend Is for Blockbusters, Except When It Isn’t

The box office moves in mysterious ways. Here are a few of our favorite twists, flops, and ironies from July Fourths past.<p>If you’ve read anything about the box office lately, you’ve probably heard that this year, the weekend is looking like a disappointing one. Newcomer <i>The B.F.G.</i> has less buzz than …

Physics

SoundHound adds powerful voice control for hands-free music listening

Create Spotify playlists with just your voice<p>The SoundHound mobile app, which can listen for and identify music it hears through your smartphone speakers, is getting a huge artificial intelligence upgrade. Starting today, the app will be controllable with your voice using SoundHound's new virtual …

10 facts about black holes

One contender for the smallest thing in the universe is the singularity at the center of a black hole. (Shown here, an artist's drawing of a black hole pulling gas away from a companion star.)NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet<p>Black holes are the only objects in the universe that …

Stephen Hawking

It Looks Like Everyone's Favorite Dad Will Be in the Next Star Wars Movie

The 'Visual Story Guide' gave it away.<p>A burning question that's been circling <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> like a buzzard is whether Darth Vader will make an appearance in the prequel/spinoff movie. And now we have some confirmation that the Dark Lord of the Sith will be back, courtesy of a preview …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

International Tattoo Convention in Athens: Pictures

Body Modification

Melania Trump Interview

Donald and Melania Trump live in a 30,000-square-foot triplex at the top of his namesake tower on Fifth Avenue, and as the race toward the presidency …

Final Shows for Barnum and Bailey’s Elephants: Pictures

Elephants

4 Men with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford

From a father on the poverty line to a CEO millionaire.<p><b>The median household income in America is $53,657.</b> Politicians draw $250,000 as the line between the middle and upper classes. And the true starting point of real wealth remains a cool $1,000,000. We asked four more or less typical men, each of …

Personal Finance

The Long Decline of the Dinosaurs

For at least 40 million years before that pesky asteroid, the dinosaurs were losing species faster than they could replace them.<p>Around 66 million years ago, the sky fell on the dinosaurs’ heads. An asteroid smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, causing cataclysmic climate changes that marked the end …

Paleontology

Doors' 'L.A. Woman': 10 Things You Didn't Know

From bathroom recordings to Elvis' borrowed bassist, here are some surprising facts about Jim Morrison's swan song<p>The Doors had crammed several …

The Doors

Meet Ashley Graham, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s First ‘Plus-Size’ Cover Girl

How a gal went from being discovered at a mall in her native Nebraska to becoming the very first ‘plus-size’ model to grace the cover of SI’s popular …

Plus Size

The secret life of a public library security guard

For Petrovich, the self-imposed uniform is essential. It has an effect on people, especially those up to no good. Enter the library intoxicated and …

Still Would Stand All Time: Notes On Prince

Something tells me that 300 or maybe even 3,000 years from now — if we still have breathable air and if we haven't relocated to Mars, and if super-intelligent robots haven't colonized us <i>Matrix</i>-style — we'll still be trying our best to dissect and parse out the überfunky, hyper-synaptic, wildly …

Joni Mitchell

Prince live: five of his greatest moments onstage

The music legend made a surprise appearance with James Brown and Michael Jackson, dominated the Super Bowl, and wowed audiences at his last shows<p>The Capri Theater, Minneapolis, 5 January 1979<p>Prince’s 1978 debut album, For You, gave him a reputation – it sold about 150,000 copies and earned …

Prince & Big Daddy Kane’s 1989 “Batdance Remix” Is Finally Released (Audio)

In 1989, the <i>Batman</i> franchise relaunched with the title film starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger. For the soundtrack, Warner …

Kendrick Lamar

'He was a huge fan': how Prince became the patron of the psychedelic underground

One of the unlikely byways of Prince’s career was his interest in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene – and it was his patronage that made the Bangles stars<p>“He was a distant figure,” Michael Quercio of the Three O’Clock told me of his single encounter with Prince, his label boss and a man he …

Prince: Maya Rudolph cover band Princess performs tribute to music legend

Saturday night’s concert from Princess, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum’s Prince cover band, was in the works for months as part of the fifth …

Maya Rudolph

Prince: A Life in Pictures

San Francisco Bay Area

Alien Covenant And The Predator Movies Release Dates Confirmed

20th Century Fox has this week announced the released dates for the upcoming sequel to Prometheus which will take the form of Alien: Covenant, which …

The Beatles let it stream – showing that the format is the future

It was never a question of whether the Beatles would stream their songs, only when – and at what price. Their presence is a boost for streaming services<p>In the late 1990s, a senior executive from EMI lugged a laptop to Friar Park, George Harrison’s sprawling neo-Gothic mansion in Henley-on-Thames, …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens