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18 Important Life Lessons Phoebe Taught On Us On "Friends"

We should all aspire to be like Princess Consuela Bananahammock.

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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.

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There's an internal joke at Google that sums up the company’s big change

Larry Page is now the CEO of a new company called Alphabet, which oversees all of the new big-picture initiatives Google has been launching as of late. Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai will be its CEO.<p>It's a massive shakeup, but one former Google employee we spoke with said …

Fiorina surging from also-ran to contender after debate

What a difference a week makes in presidential politics. Before the Cleveland debates, Carly Fiorina was little more than a dogged, hard-charging afterthought for most voters. On a good week, her poll numbers reached 2 percent. But after she mopped the floor with her opponents in the second-tier …

Hillary Clinton rolls out $350 billion, 10-year college affordability plan

<b>Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton rolled out her college affordability plan Monday, pledging to voters in New Hampshire that "costs won't be a barrier" to secondary education in a Clinton administration.<p>Both of Clinton's main Democratic rivals - former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley of …

Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush

Whether it is fuel savings, safer commutes or freed-up time behind the wheel, motorists have many reasons to embrace self-driving cars.<p>But another group is just as eager to see these vehicles on the road: politicians.<p>Lawmakers from California, Texas and Virginia are wooing the autonomous-car …

How To Argue With Someone Who Says 'Pandas Deserve To Die'

It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.<p>A baby panda was born last week at the National Zoo. The National Zoo, and many people not associated with the Zoo, celebrated, because the panda is a <i>very</i> endangered animal and has become …

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

This Weird Tiny Frog Hears With Its Mouth

"Talk directly into my mouth, please."<p>The Gardiner's Seychelles frog is one of the smallest amphibians in the world, measuring less than half an inch long. But their extreme tininess isn't the only curious thing about them. As a new study shows, this species of frog has no eardrum and no middle …

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

Astronomers Find Evidence Of A Rocky Exoplanet That's 26 Percent Water

Its fate is a glimpse into Earth's own future.<p>Hello? Is it you I'm looking for? Astronomers have found evidence of a small, rocky planet or asteroid whose mass is up to 26 percent water. Even Earth is only 0.023 percent water, by mass. This is the first time a rocky body with water has been found …

Did Ancient Climate Change Drive Human Evolution?

A new study argues that climate oscillations in East Africa resulted in human migration and adaptation.<p>Millions of years ago, slow changes in the Earth's orbit changed the climate in East Africa dramatically. Every 20,000 years ago, the region vacillated between very dry and very wet periods. These …

What's Going On With the Sun This Week?

Solar flares, canyons of fire... it seems like it's trying to get our attention.<p>Our sun has really got a flair for flares lately. The third solar flare in two days peaked at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time Friday, and it was ranked as an X2.1. Solar flares come in classifications according to their x-ray …

Asteroid With Six Tails Leaves Astronomers Dumbfounded

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a possibly doomed asteroid with multiple comet-like tails.<p>Weird things are afoot in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A newly identified asteroid called P/2013 P5 is posing as a comet, with not one but six dust tails trailing …

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Now A Top Candidate For Life

New gravity measurements determined Enceladus has a liquid water sea about as large as Lake Superior.<p>Buried under miles of ice, astronomers have detected a liquid water sea on one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. The sea is about the size of Lake Superior and it touches Enceladus' silicate core… which …

You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …

Researchers Track Isolated Amazonian Tribe With Google Earth

The researchers studied one village that has only 40 inhabitants.<p>As you can imagine, it isn't easy to study uncontacted tribes in Amazonia. And the history of western interaction with these tribes is dark indeed, often leading to the destruction of these peoples' way of life. So researchers have …

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Beautiful And Bizarre Translucent Snail Discovered In Croatia

Hi, new friend. You are pretty.<p>Deep in one of the deepest caves in the world, a cave that reaches more than 4,500 feet below ground, scientists made a startling discovery: a new species of snail with a near-transparent shell.<p><i>Zospeum tholussum</i>, an air-breathing land snail, is a brand-new entry in …

Central Park Monkeys Caught Whispering About Hated Supervisor

You think those monkeys aren't gossiping about you? How naive.<p>The tamarins of New York City's Central Park Zoo have been caught telling secrets. In the first recorded evidence of whisper-like behavior in non-human primates, the tiny monkeys were observed making very quiet, almost inaudible …

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FYI: Do Insects Have Personalities?

Yes, and some love to travel.<p>For the entomophiles who keep insects as pets, this question will seem a little silly. Some bugs appear aggressive, and others, shy; some venture into the open, others hide by the wall. But beyond casual observation, researchers are still learning the dimensions of an …

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping The Genomes Of Entire Ecosystems

The microbial ecologist has figured out a way to study the enormous diversity of viruses on the planet.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are …

Will A Chicken That's Fed Lemons Taste Like Lemons?

BRB, feeding a cow ketchup<p>A recent New York Times story looked into the high-end chicken market. These are chickens in stark contrast to factory chickens, fed with produce that's out of the price range of most humans. David Burke, one of New York City's most prominent chefs (he runs Fishtail, David …

Google Street View Can Help Scientists Monitor Invasive Species

Field work from home<p>Google Street View could help monitor the spread of invasive species without resorting to labor and time-intensive field work, according to a new study of the pine processionary moth, a pest that destroys pine and cedar trees.<p><i>Thaumetopoea pityocampa</i> larvae feast on the foliage …

The Brain Waves For Knowing What You Know

A certain type of brain activity shows up in mice who are about to make the right choice in a little maze they're trained in.<p>Researchers found the brain activity that happens when mice that are learning make the right choice—and know it.<p>A new study links this specific type of brain activity with …

Shorter Men Live Longer, Study Says

Live tall, die young.<p>It's nice to be tall, right? Sure, it's great... unless you want to become an astronaut, or a horse jockey, or an old man.<p>Ok, I'm joking on the last point. But a new study found an inverse link between height and longevity, finding that shorter men are more likely to live …

Your Dog Might Have Some Of Its Older Sibling's Cells

A condition known as microchimerism, when an individual ends up with traces of someone else's genetic material, can happen in dogs as well as humans.<p>Here's a mystery: A golden retriever gives birth to a litter of puppies. It's not her first birth, and something's weird about these adorable little …

Pollinating Bees Are The Pesticide Deliverymen Of The Future

Making industrious pollinators do double-duty as pest controllers saves time and money for farmers.<p>Here's another reason to pay attention to dwindling bee populations: Bees might be the organic pesticide spreaders of the future. While they go to work pollinating our crops, bees could simultaneously …

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