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It's 'scary' watching aspects of her fiction come to life, Margaret Atwood says

Ten years ago, Margaret Atwood ended the world, and in rather spectacular fashion. <i>Oryx and Crake</i> was a revelation: a harrowing vision of society gone terribly wrong, and a reminder that Atwood, author of the classic dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>, is one of the best speculative-fiction writers …

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Juice Your Way to … Glowing, Clear Skin!

The way our skin looks affects us. When it’s clear and glowing, makeup glides on smoothly, and we cease to even think about it. But when our …

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The Best Superfoods, from A to Z

Fruits, and veggies, and whole grains, oh my! Beyond the grocery store shelves lined with less-than-healthy processed foods in brightly-colored …

Quick Healthy Breakfasts

The healthiest breakfasts are ones you make yourself with an eye toward fiber, lean protein and healthy fats. This combination keeps you running all …

Increase Metabolism

10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism<p>Stop these habits now to boost your calorie-burning potential<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Need another reason to love your body? It burns calories all by itself—as long as you don't get in the way. See, every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism—the process of …

3-Step Plan To Lose Weight After 40

Oatmeal: Your Healthiest Breakfast Yet

Boost Your oatmeal with these recipes<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Oatmeal's health-food reputation is so solid, you might not think to check the label. But some brands cram in artificial ingredients and sweeteners that displace the heart-smart, waistline-trimming benefits. Luckily, there's an easy …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

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Listen to BANKS’ New Single “Waiting Game”

Los Angeles singer/songwriter BANKS releases her latest record “Waiting Game” off of her forthcoming EP, which will be released on Harvest Records. …

How to Disable Cookies

Cookies are typically stored on your computer's Internet browser by default. The purpose of cookies is to store settings and information for web …

Elton John Recovering From Surgery to Remove Appendix

<b>Sir Elton John</b> is on the mend following surgery to remove his appendix, his publicist confirmed. According to BBC News, the veteran musician …

The Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble away with these healthy snacks that all clock in at 100 calories or less.<p>Todd Huffman<p>Computer screens, dogs, your paycheck: Some things should only come in size XL. But at snack time, smaller really can be better—even if your appetite feels super-sized. It's just a matter of figuring out …

Blood, sweat and kanji: The hurdles and rewards of localizing niche Japanese games

Japanese games were hard to ignore at E3 this year.<p>Japanese role-playing games dominated the PlayStation Vita bar at Sony's booth, with titles like <i>Valhalla Knights, Dragon's Crown</i> and <i>Ys: Memories of Celceta</i> taking up nearly half the rows of demo units. The words <i>Dark Souls 2</i> seemed to bubble …

How video game giant Ubisoft will dive into movies with an Assassin’s Creed film (interview)

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of Siggraph paid part of my expenses to Anaheim, Calif. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>The realism of video game art and movies have just about converged, and that’s one reason why French game publisher Ubisoft is jumping into film. Last fall, the company announced that …

Microsoft Recruiting Players To Hunt Xbox Trolls

A common complaint of online gaming in its present form is the prevalence of toxic players who make the experience unnecessarily miserable for others with their behavior. Often, such people are found on Xbox Live, and Microsoft is rolling out a pair of new initiatives to help hunt down their trolls.<p>…

Brazil's Outrageous Prices Are At The Heart Of Growing Unrest

Last month during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil — a test run ahead of next summer's World Cup — more than a million of Brazilians took to the streets to protest crime, corruption, failing public schools and hospitals, and high and rising prices.<p>High prices may be the most critical factor in …

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One Second in Every Nation

(YouTube link)<p>Graham Hughes set out in 2009 to visit every country in the world without flying. By the end of 2012, he'd visited 201 countries and a …

2013 San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival

In its first year, the 2013 San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival is bringing together bacon-based dishes from over 45 different local restaurants …

If you like Washed Out and hazy, beautiful music in general, check out eclectic producer Zouassi and his gorgeous single "Heavy Bones." http://pnps.co/11owQMD

Claire Maguire's "Paper Thin" is a thing of delicate, slow-moving beauty. http://pnps.co/13RLCfQ

Drake Responds To DJ Khaled’s Marriage Proposal To Nicki Minaj

Yesterday, ladies man DJ Khaled appeared on MTV and proposed to <b>Nicki Minaj.</b><p>It was a video that made the Internet very happy. And, we’re pretty sure, …

We premiered "Indestructible" from AlunaGeorge's debut album "Body Music" a little earlier today. Listen to that track, and stream the entire album now. http://pnps.co/12n7Vvr