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Conservatives just aren’t funny: Why the right will never have its own Stephen Colbert

<b>(Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>Stewart and Colbert are passing the torch to John Oliver and Larry Wilmore. Where is the right’s breakout star?<p>Eric Boehlert<p>December 23, 2014 6:44pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Media Matters.<p>After nine years at the helm of <i>The Colbert Report</i>, where he turned his …

10 National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

These lesser-known locales are just as breathtaking as Yellowstone and Yosemite

APOD: The Cliffs of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko (2014 Dec 23) Image Credit & Licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO): ESA, Rosetta, NAVCAM; Additional Processing: Stuart Atkinson Explanation: These high cliffs occur on the surface of a comet. They were discovered to be part of the dark nucleus of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko (CG) by Rosetta, a robotic spacecraft launched by ESA which began orbiting the comet in early August. The ragged cliffs, as featured here, were imaged by Rosetta about two weeks ago. Although towering about one kilometer high, the low surface gravity of Comet CG would likely make a jump from the cliffs, by a human, survivable. At the foot of the cliffs is relatively smooth terrain dotted with boulders as large as 20 meters across. Data from Rosetta indicates that the ice in Comet CG has a significantly different deuterium fraction -- and hence likely a different origin -- than the water in Earth's oceans. The Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to continue to accompany the comet as it makes its closest approach to the Sun in 2015 August. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

12 Ways Emma Watson Finally Left Harry Potter Behind Her in 2014

Activist, style icon, scene-stealer, and college graduate. Emma Watson truly stepped into adulthood this year––but she still made Hermione proud.

Google's self-driving car takes a big step forward

Google said Monday that it has taken another big step forward in developing self-driving cars by building a fully functioning prototype of its own …

37 Most Incredible Photographs of The Year

Let's look back on 2014 by reviewing some of the most spectacular photographs of this year. Which photographs of incredible destinations simply took our breath away? What long exposures were so creatively done, we gasped in awe? Which underwater photos seemed simply serene? Instead of our usual …

Legend of Korra Creators Officially Confirm Your Suspicions About That Ending

After a weekend full of heated debate, <i>The Legend of Korra</i> co-creators <b>Michael Dante DiMartino</b> and <b>Bryan Konietzko</b> took to their personal blogs to clear up the ending of their animated series. They waited a little before commenting, they say, to make sure everyone had a chance to experience the finale …