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24 Bizarre Animals That Are Named After Celebrities

The resemblances are UNCANNY...

'Bacterial nanowires' may lead to breakthroughs in semiconductors, fuel cells and more

For about a decade, scientists have known about bacteria that "breathe" using rocks and minerals in place of oxygen. Now a new study reveals the surprising way they do it.<p>The bacteria survive by "breathing" through a system of "bacterial nanowires" that connect to iron-based material nearby. …

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Robin Williams dies at 63; Oscar-winning actor, comic genius

When Robin Williams graduated from Redwood High School in Marin County, his classmates couldn't help themselves: They voted him both "most humorous" and "least likely to succeed."<p>He topped them.<p>Williams became one of the world's most successful entertainers, an actor and comedian whose energy …

Robin Williams: Seven of his most memorable movie roles

Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, was a prolific and dynamic screen presence who left his mark on a diverse assortment of films. His performances were often marked by dynamic physicality, fast-talking wordplay and chameleonic …

Robin Williams' rise no surprise to a writer dazzled by unknown comic

Fate threw me in Robin Williams' path more than once, and I never forgot any of the encounters. He was such a wired, complex, brilliantly funny individual, no connection with him was anything like ordinary.<p>Though Williams, who died Monday at age 63, appeared in dozens of films, getting Oscar …

Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin

Mork & Mindy<p>Robin Williams, a quiet kid who hid his shyness behind wicked impersonations, studied at the Juilliard school in New York alongside Christopher Reeve, before jumping to primetime fame as a loveable alien in the TV series, Mork and Mindy: “Na-nu na-nu!” The character of Mork actually …

Robin Williams remembered: 'A remarkable performer, a brutal shock'

Robin Williams was a superb, mercurial standup comic with a staggering talent for improv and verbal riffing, though his movie career finally evolved into an intriguing split – sugary sentimentality or an ambiguous, menacing darkness. Something similar happened with Steve Martin and Jerry Lewis. The …

Ronald Reagan stuck it to millennials: A college debt history lesson no one tells

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Doug Mills/Jessica Hill/Salon)</b><p>Dramatic, awful changes occurred on my generation’s watch — and it amounts to a fiendishly successful conspiracy<p>Peter Lunenfeld<p>July 5, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>That nostalgic time of year for newly minted college grads and their professors has now concluded. …

June guide to the bright planets

Here’s how to find the bright planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury – in June 2018.<p>Click the name of a planet to learn more about its …

Astronomy

EarthSky’s top 10 tips for super stargazers

Here are 10 simple tips that can help you connect with the night sky, and have fun.<p>Stargazing is for everybody. It’s for people who like seeing …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

7 of the Best Grilled Side Dishes Ever

Here are seven easy, crowd-pleasing sides to make on the grill this weekend.<p>Here are seven easy, crowd-pleasing sides to make on the grill this …

Viewing Guide: Watch Moon Turn Red During Total Lunar Eclipse

Here's how to watch next week's rare total eclipse of the moon.<p>The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years will grace the skies on Monday, and it's all the more rare because it will be visible above the entire Western Hemisphere.<p>During the overnight hours of April 14-15, skygazers there …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Ramen: The Ultimate Broke Food and How to Make it at Home

<i>At Food52, we realize that cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: The next best thing to a SAD</i> …

How does your memory work?

Why don’t you remember names instantly and what’s the best way to improve your powers of recollection? This video explains all.<p>To remember something your brain goes through the following process:<p>First your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called encoding. The reason most people …

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …

The Valentine's Day Showstopper

<i>Every so often, we get the chance to reshoot one of our favorite recipes from the Food52 archives.</i><p><i>Today: A cake to launch a thousand ships.</i><p><i>This post is brought to you by our friends at Noritake. Noritake’s Cher Blanc is featured below.</i><p>There's a reason there's no such thing as a wedding pie. Don't …

Dessert

Star-Studded Timelapse Video From Chile’s High-Desert

<b>When stargazers dream of the ultimate destination for looking up at the heavens, the high-altitude Atacama Desert in northern Chile likely stands at the top of the list.</b><p>Nature videographer Nicholas Buer recently shot this stunning film, taken over 12 days while he camped out in the San Pedro de …

New 15-Minute At-Home Test May Detect Alzheimer's, Goes Viral

According to research published yesterday in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, a 15-minute at-home test may be able to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and cognitive decline.<p>Titled the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination test, or SAGE, and …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Read Many of 2013's Best Screenplays, From '12 Years a Slave' to 'The Wolf of Wall Street' – /Film

If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar …

Wall Street