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Best national parks for spectacular sights but modest crowds

We’d never throw shade at Yosemite or Grand Canyon. But they are, well, kind of popular —Yosemite got 4 million visitors last year, Grand Canyon 5.5 million.<p>Want to strike out on your own? These five national parks will amaze you with their scenic grandeur and surprise you with their lack of crowds.

The Swiss have upgraded a hydroelectric dam to produce as much energy as a nuclear power plant

We need batteries that can power millions of homes, deliver excellent efficiency, and cost little to operate. It turns out we’ve had the technology since 1890. We just need to build a lot more of them.<p>They’re called pumped water storage, and the technology is the world’s largest energy storage …

Hydroelectric Power

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity

The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a …

Fossil Fuels

Why Women Are So Obsessed With These 3 Podcasts

If the only podcast you've ever listened to is the first season of <i>Serial</i>, you're really missing out. Horror podcasts, both fiction and nonfiction, …

This Healthy Veggie Snack Tastes Just Like French Fries

We know it’s hard to share our junk food-loving hearts with veggies (just drop us off at any one of these food trucks, please!), but we’ve found a healthy veggie snack that actually taste like junk food. We’re talking big wedges of zucchini dusted with parmesan, then baked until golden. Dip them in …

Lace up and head for the hills with the best hiking apps

<i>Update: Added Cairn, Mountain Hub, Gaia, and Animated Knots.</i><p>We all get cabin fever now and then, and there’s nothing quite like a hike in the woods …

An orgasm a day could keep prostate cancer away, scientists claim

Study finds participants who ejaculated more than 21 times a month were at a 22 percent lower risk of getting the disease<p>Men having one orgasm a day could significantly reduce a man's chance of developing prostate cancer, according to new research.<p>Researchers claim that while an orgasm provides …

Cancer

RANKED: Every 'Star Wars' movie from best to worst — and why 'Force Awakens' is 3rd

As "The Force Awakens" is now over the $1 billion mark worldwide at the box office and reviews are surprisingly ecstatic, it doesn't appear that people's enjoyment of all things "Star Wars" is going to wane anytime soon.<p>But how does the latest entry compare to the previous six? How do we size it up …

A Tale Of Two Titles: A Girl, A Train And Thousands Of Confused Readers

<i>The Girl on the Train</i> is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and a female author — Paula Hawkins. It was published this year, and received wide acclaim.<p><i>Girl on a Train</i> is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and …

Books

This Magical Cooking Hack Will Change Your Life

I can’t remember when or how I learned about cooking in parchment paper, but I do remember a sense of disbelief and cynicism. In fact, I still feel …

21 Amazing Holiday Books You Need To Read ASAP

What better way to celebrate the holidays than reading a book by a warm fire?

Books

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

Books

These Are The Trashy Consequences Of Blue Apron Delivery

Blue Apron and its fellow meal-in-a-box services promise to disrupt dinnertime. But what are they doing to the environment?<p>Of the many small indulgences and unbidden conveniences the current tech boom has given us, one of the most enticing might be the luxe meal-kit-in-a-box: A cardboard box of …

Food

David Tennant Celebrates 100 Years of General Relativity in This Clever Animation

Perhaps you’ve noticed all the fuss this week over Albert Einstein and his famous general theory of relativity, which turned 100 years old. Who …

Welcome to the Animal DMV in This Hilarious New Zootopia Trailer

The idea of <i>Zootopia</i> is both incredibly simple and insanely difficult to get your mind around. It’s set in a world where animals live, walk and dress …

Animation

The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Your Vegetables

Your oven is about to do a happy dance...if that were possible.<p>Everyone—even if you don't cook very often—needs to master roasted vegetables. And, to be honest, there's not even that much to master: just some chopping, seasoning, and adding a bit of fat. For firm but tender veg with a nicely …

Sweet Potatoes

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

The B&N Holiday Gift Guide

Why novelists in 2015 couldn't resist the lure of fantasy

Was there something in the water this year? Marlon James’s fearsomely energetic Seventies-set crime novel A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld, £8.99) – the first book by a Jamaican writer to win the Booker Prize – opened with a chapter narrated by a ghost.<p>The Blue Guitar (Viking, £14.99), …

Hot for Teacher: Ten Teacher-Student Romance Novels to Read After Gabriel's Inferno

If you haven't read this quintessential teacher student romance yet, start here with Sylvain Reynard's tumultuous affair between Professor Gabriel Emerson and grad student Julia Mitchell.<p><i>On the Island</i> by Tracey Garvis-Graves is the only teacher student romance on this list where the teacher is a …

Buying These Organic Foods Is A Waste Of Money

<i>By: Kara King</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>People choose to eat organically for many reasons -- it's better for the planet, it's supposedly healthier -- but often these folks are misguided. Although it's true that USDA organic products must be free from synthetic ingredients and grown on farms that strive to …

Science says lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits

<i>In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.</i><p><i>But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.</i><p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the …

Five books to fire my passion for science

Is there a book that can find the answers to life, the universe and everything? Well, probably not! But there are a lot of books out there that can shed some light on our existence, from the smallest atoms to the secrets of the universe. And they can make it fun, too! Here secret site member Secret …

Books

Writing That Is Effortless to Read Takes Great Effort to Write

As for how to write well," writes Paul Graham, "here's the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut out everything unnecessary."<p>It's all too easy to follow his first piece of advice and then neglect to follow the rest.<p>The root of the problem lies in our …

Presidential Candidates: Who Believes in Climate Change?

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University on October 26, 2015, and is republished here with</i> …

12 New Teen Books Adults Can Look Forward to This Fall

Books

20 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

He wanted his selections to focus on "different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies."<p>"Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today," Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. "I'm looking forward to shifting more of my media …

Books

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

World Trade Center