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  • Star Trek: The Original Series: The 10 greatest episodes (+ video)

    Star Trek: The Original Series first aired 46 years ago Friday, and Google is marking the occasion with an elaborate, interactive doodle that includes a number of Trek tropes, including a doomed redshirt, a chief communications officer in soft-focus, a bulkhead full of tribbles, a generic rocky planet, and a whole lot of blinking and beeping and flashing lights.The doodle is based on a first-season episode titled 'The Arena,' in which Captian Kirk is transported to a planet that looks suspiciously like the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he must face off against a reptilian humanoid. By our calculations, 'The Arena' was the 17th greatest episode. Here are our top ten:

  • Did you find all the secrets in Google's Star Trek: The Original Series doodle?

    Star Trek: The Original Series made its debut 46 years ago. In that time, the show created a media empire, inspired many rising scientists, and played a surprising role in the American Civil Rights movement. Google honored the original series on Friday with an interactive doodle. The mini Star Trek episode follows a Googlized Captain Kirk from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise to the clutches of danger. Along the way, Google's design team hid many secrets. Here's a complete guide to the winks, spoofs, and inside jokes tucked into doodle. 

  • Fall books: 10 fiction titles you'll want to know about

    If you're looking for a literary escape this autumn, try one of these new titles.

  • Companies we love in 8 industries we hate

    A trip to the bank doesn't have to be a nightmare. Here are the customer service winners in eight industries that customers hate, from airlines to cable companies.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 ways they differ on immigration

    President Obama has staked out positions favored by Latino voters on immigration issues. Mitt Romney has tried to cast himself somewhere between the staunchest anti-illegal immigration activist of his party and Obama. Here are the two candidates' positions on five issues:

  • Fall books: 19 smart nonfiction picks

    Here are 19 fall 2012 nonfiction titles worth checking out.

  • 'Happier at Home': Gretchen Rubin offers 10 tips to make home more comforting

    Gretchen Rubin offers tips for making your house more of a home – even if you've lived there for years.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 ways they differ on military issues

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has not been expansive regarding his views of the war in Afghanistan – perhaps because both he and President Obama do not have significantly different plans. But here are five areas where the candidates differ on military issues.

  • 3 outstanding 2012 novels

    Three outstanding novels about protagonists who travel far to fight for those they love.

  • Colombia - FARC peace talks: 4 things you need to know

    Colombia has ample experience holding peace talks – though over the past 50 years, it’s seen little peace. But in early September, President Juan Manuel Santos announced peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Here are four things you need to know about the landmark peace process.

  • Bestselling books the week of 9/6/12, according to IndieBound

    What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.

  • 5 novels you must read this fall

    Fall is close, and with it comes an influx of new novels. Here are five great choices to curl up with as the air gets crisper.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on climate change

    As recently as 2008, presidential candidates openly sparred over their own plans for dealing with climate change. This year it's such a touchy topic that both sides prefer instead to talk about energy policy – a kind of proxy. Here are four ways the candidates differ.

  • 'No Easy Day': Six revelations from the book

    The Navy SEAL Team 6 operators hand-picked to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011 had some unwelcome surprises waiting for them as they hit the ground, according to Matt Bissonnette in his controversial book “No Easy Day.” The training that went into the mission included key help from female operators, practical jokes, and an audition of sorts for top US officials, who watched it before deciding whether the Special Operations Forces should go ahead with the raid.

  • Julian Castro targets minority voters. Could they swing election for Dems?

    Julian Castro became the first-ever Latino keynote speaker at the Democratic convention. President Obama enjoys a huge advantage over Mitt Romney in support from minority voters. But to win, he needs to get them to the polls. Here’s a breakdown of the data on minority voters.

  • 11 best books of September, according to Amazon

    Amazon editors recommend their 11 favorite books of September 2012.

  • Bomb Iran? Why 5 top Israeli figures don't want to do it.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threat of a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, supported by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has sparked an unusually public debate in Israel about the wisdom of the move. While nearly all of those involved seem to agree that Iran poses a serious nuclear threat, they disagree about the timing and method of best countering that threat.

  • Opinion 6 things Obama must do at the Democratic National Convention

    Many American voters will view the 2012 election as a referendum on the Obama presidency, so party leaders need to be ready with their defense. Here are six things Democrats and Obama can do at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week if they want to secure victory over Mitt Romney and the GOP in November.

  • Islam, politics, and women's rights: the view from the post-revolution Muslim world

    The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project polled citizens of select, predominantly Muslim countries this spring about how best to blend Islam, politics, and respect for women's rights. This summer, Gallup did a separate survey on similar issues. Here are highlights from the results.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 ways they differ on taxes

    President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney agree on the need to overhaul the federal tax code to produce a simpler tax system with lower rates. But they disagree on whether tax reform should also increase government revenues. Here are five tax issues on which they differ.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 3 ways they differ on Iran

    For his pursuit of diplomacy with Iran, President Obama has reaped a sputtering international diplomatic effort to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program. Rival MItt Romney says a weak Iran policy gave Tehran 3-1/2 years to progress toward “nuclear weapons capability,” but his specifics often don't sound different from Obama's. Here are three areas on Iran where the two do differ.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on gay issues

    Barack Obama made history on May 9 when he became the first sitting US president to declare support for same-sex marriage. Mitt Romney has said he is against it. But gay issues extend beyond same-sex marriage. 

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on China

    China's rise has led President Obama to “pivot” his foreign policy toward Asia, hoping to enhance US power and expand its cooperation with China. Romney speaks more in terms of confronting a country whose interests often clash with those of the US. 

  • Maria Montessori and 10 famous graduates from her schools

    Maria Montessori stands in many ways as the mother of alternative education. The Italian physician and teacher invented a new kind of school, one with self-directed learning, classrooms with mixed age groups, and no grades. Now, on what would have been her 142 birthday, thousands of schools bear her name. These Montessori schools have some very famous alumni, many of which credit the free-flowing classes with teaching them to think differently and allowing them to change the world. Here are 10 of the most prominent.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 7 ways they differ on energy issues

    Both President Obama and Mitt Romney claim to want to expand America’s access to conventional fuels and green energy. But their energy plans have very different flavors.