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Ultra Marine

In François Ozon’s quietly stirring <i>Young & Beautiful,</i> the 17-year-old ingénue Isabelle seems barely to exist without someone watching her. She is first spied through the lens of her young brother’s binoculars as he watches her sunbathe topless. Later, she detaches to watch herself lose her own …

The Paris of Your Dreams: 20 Pictures of People Kissing in the City of Light

Smooch<p>It turns out that Paris is in fact the most romantic city on earth. Just look at these 20 pictures by photographer Peter Turnley of people, …

If you think Holland is just another name for the Netherlands, you should watch this

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve always been confused about whether the Netherlands and Holland were simply different names for the same place. I …

15 Amazing Ways To Spike Hot Chocolate

AKA how to live life like a GOD.

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply

But recently, Hewitt discovered something that surprised him.<p>"Well, I may have been wrong," he admits. "It may well be that the environmental boost …

Breaking Bad: 36 things you didn't know

1. Walter White is real.<p>While nobody has yet gone ‘full Heisenberg’, Vince Gilligan’s message about the perils of meth production and distribution apparently failed to reach a handful of hard-up educators. William Duncan, a chemistry teacher from Texas, was arrested for selling home-cooked meth …

TV

Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

Reader Gallery: 30 Beautiful Close-Up Flower Photos

A wide variety of looks at one of the most photographed subjects on the planet

Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

Surf Photographer Captures “A Perfect Moment”

Zak Noyle, a world class surf photographer, has made his way to into our hearts already, and the photograph below only goes to show why. His …

6 Great Spots in Europe to Visit During Shoulder Season

Imagine... traveling to Europe when the crowds are thin, the weather is pleasant, and the costs are slashed. Don't think it exists? It does. Europe's shoulder seasons -- that beautiful time of year when the temperatures begin their climb upwards or slow descent down, the water is that perfect …

Story of the $300 Vintage Trailer

I have a story to share with you all about the last 48 hours of my life. So it goes something like this…<p>It was 12:45 am (yes, I was up way past my …

Homeland Season 3: Producer Talks Brody, Carrie, Mental Illness And The Reasons For Reinvention

As "Homeland" approaches its third season (it returns Sept. 29 on Showtime), it's also reached a turning point.<p>As I see it, ambitious dramas have a choice: They can become "Dexter," or they can become "Breaking Bad."<p>The first season of any show is essentially a shakedown cruise, as writers, actors …

Amy Poehler's Directorial Debut Reunites Her With Tina Fey And Maya Rudolph

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein on …

Exercise: Ten Teacher Questions for Self-Reflection

<b>Teachers</b>: Here are ten questions to ask yourself, answer, and consider as part of a self-reflection about your teaching…<p><b>Administrators:</b> Here are ten …

18 Comfort Foods You'll Never Forget

We've collected the recipes for the dishes you've always loved, from a new twist on meatloaf to mac 'n' cheese just like your mom used to make.<p>Baked …

The 6 Weight-Loss Tips That Science Actually Knows Work

Some of the weight loss articles out there these days are getting a little nutty. New scientific studies that shed light on how metabolism works are wonderful and valuable in their own right, but when findings get morphed into magical new “tips” for losing weight, something’s amiss. Some recent …

Galapagos 2010

88 Movies to Watch This Fall

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The days are getting shorter, there's a new hint of crispness in the air, and kids the nation over …

MTV’s Miley Cyrus VMA Video So Terrible You Watched It 10 Million Times

You guys! OMG you guys!<p>Do you know that if you do something super crazy and provocative that involves sex* and put it on TV, that lots of people will …

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.<p>In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from Lund …

Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary As Silicon Valley, Middle Schoolers Push English Language Forward

The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding a slew of words, from bitcoin to twerk.<p>Before you completely lose it, the Oxford Dictionaries Online is separate from the Oxford English Dictionary, though both are published by the Oxford University Press. The ODO changes much more frequently, and has added …

Hot Mess

<i>"This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words. And indeed in thought." —T.E. Lawrence,</i> The Seven Pillars of Wisdom<p>It took some convincing to get me to Burning Man, even though—or because—friends couldn’t shut up about it. Their pictures were intriguing, sure, but the camp back then …