Save up to $250 with Rosetta Stone's Autumn Sale

Ever dreamt of an all-expense-paid tour of Europe? While we can't swing that, we can offer you the ability to order dinner, ask for directions, or whisper sweet nothings to locals in the native language when you get there. Blending reading, writing, listening, and speaking, Rosetta Stone's unique, immersive curriculum is guaranteed to get you speaking in foreign tongues faster. You'll receive up to 50 percent off on all available courses right now with Free Shipping or Instant Download. With these savings, you'll be able to sock more away in that vacation fund.

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7 back-to-school apps to help you make the grade

You're already dreading the early wake-up times and the terrifying tests and term papers that are par for the coursework. While we can't excuse you from that 8 a.m. class or from the pop quiz that you're so not prepared for, we can recommend seven educational apps to ease and enrich the coming school year.

iProcrastinate ( Mac, iOS) In Intro to Psychology, you may have learned that procrastination is a sure sign of not wanting to do something. We get it. Few students are dying to write that term paper or prepare for that final. iProcrastinate … Read more

Twelve apps for new grads

Nationwide, thousands of recent graduates are hanging up caps and gowns and looking forward to a bright future. If you're a recent grad, or if you'd just like to take a summer sabbatical or hit the reset button on your career, read on for our app recommendations to help you gun for that dream job, indulge the travel bug, or continue your education. If you're also shopping for electronics and hardware, check out CNET's Grads Tech Gift Guide.

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GLaDOS from Portal explains nuclear fusion for NASA

This is the best thing. The best. Imagine if GLaDOS from Portal had amnesia and went to work for NASA with a pair of...well, idiots, and this is what you might get.

The video was created as part of NASA's educational outreach program at the Spitzer Space Telescope, which focuses on STEM education.… Read more

Kids play with gadgets more than toys, study says

Why bother twisting real, plastic arms when you can play twisting games on an iPhone?

What's the point of unpacking a board game when you can alleviate boredom instantly on an iPad?

Kids, you see, don't need the hassle. They just want instant gratification. Yes, they're little adults.

A study performed by child-education specialists the Michael Cohen Group, suggests that touch screens have overtaken all other forms of playful delight for kids.

The research, which examined the world of Digital Kids, shows that more than 60 percent of parents say their kids aged 12 and under play … Read more

Earth revolves around the sun? 1 in 4 Americans say nope

Please let's be honest about this: knowledge is a dangerous thing.

If everyone knew everything, this would only lead to anarchy.

There are some basics, however, that are always useful when chatting with strangers in bars or going on a blind date with a very attractive scientist.

It helps, for example, to know that the Earth isn't the center of the universe. (There's at least a 30 percent chance that the attractive scientist might be from outer space.)

Not everyone, it seems, is aware that the sun doesn't in fact worship us by circling our planet … Read more

Ah, Vanity: Wrinkle videos trump cancer vids in getting teens to bust out the sunscreen

Want to get kids to wear sunscreen more often? Teaching them about skin cancer and death apparently doesn't cut it; compare their face to a grape soon to be shriveled up like a raisin, however, and sunscreen becomes their new best friend.

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that appealing to our vanity works better than a biology lecture, but the extent to which the approach increases sunscreen use is sizable.

Reporting in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers at the University of California, Davis, say they showed 50 11th graders in … Read more

'Math Bites' show with Danica McKellar makes numbers hip

While many fans know Danica McKellar from her role as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," she also happens to be a best-selling author of the educational books "Math Doesn't Suck," "Kiss My Math," "Hot X: Algebra Exposed," and "Girls Get Curves," geared toward girls to make math more exciting.

She got the brains to back up the books, considering she's a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She's also the co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem -- the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.

So if anyone deserves to host a whimsical math show on YouYube's Nerdist Channel, it's her. The show "Math Bites" airs on Thursdays and explores everything from learning how to do math in your head to understanding binary numbers and percents.Read more

Teen charged with child porn for allegedly tweeting nude selfies

Can the law offer education?

This might be the question that follows the tale of a 16-year-old Virginia girl who has found herself in more trouble than she ever might have imagined.

It all started when the teen allegedly decided to take some nude selfies and post them on Twitter.

She's certainly not the first to sext. But, as far as the police see it, her case warranted a charge of distribution of child pornography.

As WAVY-TV reports, police say that because she left nothing to the imagination, this constitutes child pornography.

Some local parents wonder how it can … Read more

Sherlock meets his Muppet match in Murray-arty

Move over, Jim Moriarty and Charles Augustus Magnussen. Sherlock Holmes has a nemesis -- and he's adorable! "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch recently visited "Sesame Street" to discover that there's a new villain in town -- a Muppet named Murray-arty!

This isn't the first time "Sesame Street" has paid tribute to the Great Detective. In the past, Sherlock Hemlock has tackled mysteries in episodes of "Mysterious Theater," which spoofed the PBS series "Mystery!" Not to mention, "Muppet Sherlock Holmes" -- a comic book featuring Gonzo as Holmes, with Fozzie Bear as Dr. Watson, Kermit the Frog as Inspector Lestrade, and Miss Piggy in various female leads including Irene Adler. … Read more