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8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Starting Today

“Practice makes perfect,” they say. It’s such a clichéd statement — most people probably roll their eyes when they hear it. Me too.<p>But guess what? …

Lobster Caught "Half Cooked" in Maine

<b>July 20, 2006—</b><i>Batman</i> fans will remember Two-Face, the villain with a mug that's half handsome and half gruesome. Recently a Maine lobsterman caught a different kind of two-faced prey—a lobster that looks half raw and half cooked.<p>Alan Robinson of Steuben, Maine, hauled up this two-toned lobster last …

How Did Odd Lobster Get Six Claws?

<b>We dare you to high five this lobster.</b><p>Amazingly, you could. Lola, a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) lobster with five claws on her left side, was caught off Hyannis, Massachusetts, last week by the F/V <i>Rachel Leah</i> (from the TV show <i>Lobster Wars</i>) and donated to Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor.<p>Claw …

A Colorful View of Incredibly Sticky Feet

These are gecko feet.<p>Notice their crazy toes.<p>The “stripes” are made of modified scales covered in thousands of “hairs,” only twice as long as our hairs are thick.<p>Each hair branches into thousands of tips.<p>Each tip branches into hundreds of tinier tips.<p>These tiny-tips are so tiny (like …

Masters of Deception: 5 Two-Faced Species

<b>When we call a person two-faced, it’s an insult. But for some clever animals, being two-faced is a high compliment.</b><p>Many animals evolve eyespots and even false heads—like the thorny devil—to look more menacing and fake out potential predators.<p>But a 2010 study showed that the deceptive body parts …

Syria crisis: Pope tells Vladimir Putin world leaders have allowed 'senseless massacre'

Pope Francis has written to Vladimir Putin criticising world leaders for standing by while a "senseless massacre" unfolded in Syria.<p>In a letter sent on Sept 4 to Mr Putin in his role of host of the G20 conference, and published on Thursday, Francis wrote: "It is regrettable that, from the very …

Study: Generosity Is More Evolutionarily Advantageous Than Selfishness

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the gift that keeps on giving, to researchers<p><b>Problem:</b> It’s a problem, or a dilemma, as old as time. Let’s rehash, quickly. Your classic prisoner’s dilemma involves two prisoners being interrogated separately. If both deny committing the crime, they serve a short prison …

College Enrollment Plummeted in 2012, but for Very Good Reasons

The economy is getting better.<p>The number of college students fell for the first time in six years, according to new Census figures released this week. The half-a-million-student drop is "a huge decline," Census Bureau statistician Julie Siebens told me. This sounds like bad news. And while you …

Apple testing iPhones with screens as big as 6 inches, report says

A 6-inch screen iPhone? It could happen.<p>Days ahead of the expected iPhone 5S announcement, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is testing iPhone designs with screens larger than any it has had before.<p>The report says Apple is testing screens as small as 4.8 inches and as large as 6 …

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Inner ear disorders 'linked to hyperactivity '

<b>Inner-ear problems could be a cause of hyperactive behaviour, research suggests.</b><p>A study on mice, published in Science, said such problems caused changes in the brain that led to hyperactivity.<p>It could lead to the development of new targets for behaviour disorder treatments, the US team says.<p>A UK …

Did Life on Earth Come From Mars?

Two scientists present new data on great cosmic questions.<p><b>Did life begin on Mars and then travel to Earth for its blossoming?</b><p><b>A long-debated and often-dismissed theory known as "panspermia" got new life in the past week, as two scientists separately proposed that early Earth lacked some chemicals</b> …

November 2012

Greatest Swims: Five Epic Swims in the Wake of Nyad’s Feat

In the wake of Diana Nyad’s Cuba to Florida swim, here are five great swims from earlier times.<p>Sixty-four-year-old Diana Nyad splashed ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West on Monday to become the first person ever to swim between Cuba and Florida unassisted by a shark cage. She accomplished the …

Five tips for a perfect exposure

Digital cameras make it incredibly easy to take a photo at the correct exposure. There are several tools in your SLR that remove the guesswork from …