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Heather is a writer, editor, Nutella connoisseur and Seattle transplant by way of Great Britain and Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @hdcroteau.

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10 Best Netflix Picks for a Snow Day

Don’t get stuck spending just as much time scrolling through and deciding on Netflix options than actually watching them. We’ve done the work for you—and proudly present 10 great flicks to watch when the weather outside is frightful.

Ann Coulter, The R-Word and Why Language Matters

My younger brother was diagnosed with moderate autism at the age of 3. If there’s…

Great Lakes at Risk of Record Oil Spill

Woven beneath the waters of the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan are two oil and natural gas pipelines—and experts are concerned they are about to break. The pipelines, owned by Enbridge Inc., carry these natural resources beneath the Great Lakes from Wisconsin all the way to Ontario. Yet due to age and lack of maintenance, the pipes, pumping 20 million gallons of oil and natural gas daily, are at risk of bursting—and therefore polluting the drinking water of the neighboring 30 million Americans and Canadians.

A Survival Guide to the Presidential Debates

It’s been the kind of election year that will leave everyone sighing with resounding relief…

Emmys Recap: The Good, The Bad and Homeland

Apparently, I’ve got to start watching a little show called Homeland. The thriller drama about…

Your Guide to the 2012 Emmys

We’re living in an electrifying age of television. Dodging between episodes of Jersey Shore (blissfully,…

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones has a knack for writing songs that are so unabashedly human, they…

A Guide to Fall TV

It’s a sad truth that not every show on TV can live up to Modern…

Analysts Uncertain, yet Optimistic, About the Global Forecast of Grain Supply

As the global demand for corn continues to rise, analysts are waiting to see the effect the U.S. drought will have on the international grain industry. Corn is increasingly being used to convert into ethanol in the U.S. and in high demand in China where it it used to feed into the meat industry, and it has yet to be seen how this year’s significant loss in harvest will impact grain use across the globe.

Bombing Kills Four of al-Assad’s Key Syrian Officials

A government meeting between Syrian officials in Damascus this morning was interrupted by a rebel-coordinated bomb blast, killing four influential figures in President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Assad is reported to have been absent at the meeting, but has not been a public statement.

A Grim Outlook

Ever wondered what the world would be like without the Internet? Probably not. But now you’ll never have to, thanks to this handy-dandy, stunningly intuitive infographic.

You Probably Knew This Was Coming

Get ready, stomach: Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos are coming to a mouth (and Taco Bell) near you.

Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

In a historic turn of events, a federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal protection. The panel overturned Proposition 8, which was approved by 52 percent of the state’s voters in 2008 and amended the state’s constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Today’s ruling paves the way for supporters of the ban to take the amendment straight to the California Supreme Court…

There’s a Tina Fey for Every Sarah Palin

If you happen to look exactly like Rick Santorum and have a flair for comedic political banter with presidential impersonators, William Gold Entertainment has a job opening just for you…

Iranian Protesters Storm British Embassy

Just days after the U.K. joined other Western nations in intensifying sanctions against Iran, Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy this morning, ransacking offices and tearing down a flag. Initial reports suggested the protesters had also taken some embassy workers hostage, but those reports are unconfirmed …

Basically, We’re All Doomed

So, apparently octopi can walk on land. Terrifying video embedded below…

Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

14-year-old Jessica Rogers was born with a rare condition that left her with no lower spine and meant her legs had to be amputated when she was three, leaving her standing only 18 inches tall. Along with running a not-for-profit organization for others afflicted by the same disease, Jessica is rising at 3:30 a.m. every morning to train for the 2012 London Paralympics before she heads to school. Don’t feel intimidated, though…

Clear Signage Makes the World a Better Place

A good design idea can make a big difference. In this case, it increased recycling by 29 percent on the University of Pittsburgh campus ..

The Secrets of Your Tryptophan High

What you may not know (or may not want to know) about the turkey that will grace your table this Thanksgiving is that it could be a mutated product of commercial turkey farms. About 244 million turkeys are raised each year, many of which are genetically modified. This disturbing infograph is basically an argument for organic turkey—or tofurky …

Mississippi “Personhood” Amendment Vote Fails

A constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person failed on the ballot in Mississippi on Tuesday. Mississippi would have become the first state to define a fertilized egg as a person, a measure which was aimed at outlawing abortion in the state but, opponents contended, would have led to all kinds of unintended consequences…

49 Million Americans Live in Poverty

A new report by the Census Bureau finds that 49 million Americans live in poverty, 16% of the overall population …

Fighting Continues in Syria as Death Toll Rises

The death toll in Syria has risen sharply after government forces tried to recapture Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and home to armed resistance fighters. Meanwhile, even before the new attacks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said the death toll in Syria is at least 3,500 since March …

Winner of Dyson Award Makes Water out of Thin Air

An Australian student, Edward Linnacre, has won this year’s James Dyson Award, which is given to the person or group who comes up with the most innovative and simple way to help a great number of people. Linnacre came up with the Airdrop, which isolates water molecules from the air and pools them to help plants grow in extremely arid conditions …

Fall TV’s Best Bets

Every fall, a bunch of new network TV shows start, and you have to figure…