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40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

With help from light that humans can't see<p>Honey bees can give each other directions using polarized light as a landmark to find potential food. Light becomes polarized as it reaches us through the atmosphere, but the polarization is typically not seen by the naked human eye. In a new study from the …

Insects

Brown Dwarfs Racked By Planet-Sized Storms Of Molten Iron

A survey of brown dwarfs finds they're apt to have violent weather.<p>Brown dwarfs may be cooler than stars like our sun, but that doesn't mean they're less dramatic. New data suggest that most—maybe all—brown dwarfs are home to enormous, planet-sized storms that rain molten iron, hot sand, or salts. …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

5 Easy Living Room Makeover Ideas

Happy New Year, Everyone! Kate here, and you may have noticed that I just can’t stop writing posts about making a fresh start in 2014! Can you tell I …

Elegant Spherical Shelter Providing Ultimate Relaxation: Cocoon Beach

Have a look at this elegant spherical shelter with the power to evoke the splendor of endless sea waters! <b>Cocoon Beach</b> was developed by the team at …

Parisian Apartment Filled With Treasures And Secrets – Untouched For 70 Years

When you’re trying to recreate a style which belongs to the past it’s all very difficult because you can’t find all the elements you need and thus …

Interior Design

Recipe: A British Vegetable Pie

Vegetables roasted with fragrant rosemary turn this light pastry pie into a delight<p>Serves: 4<p>300g (12oz) butternut squash, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks1 zucchini, thickly sliced1 red or ordinary onion, sliced …

Why Strange Lights Sometimes Precede Earthquakes

The science behind pre-earthquake lights.<p>For centuries people have observed strange phenomena before large earthquakes, such as light emanating from ridges and mountaintops. These reports were once dismissed by many scientists, in part because they are often entangled in unscientific theories. For …

Geology

Timeline of the far future

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.<p>As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.<p>First, we brought you a prediction of the …

Infographics

Study Finds No Time Travelers On The Internet

If you've read this article in the future, feel free to skip it now.<p>If you had traveled from the future to the present, you might be likely to mention some things that you'd learned there (for example: buy <i>this</i> lottery ticket). Using this logic, physicists searched for prescient mentions of future …

Physics

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …

More Beautiful Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations

Let's say goodbye to 2013 and hello to a new year with these beautiful literary posters. Evan Robertson of Obvious State is behind this inspiring project where he takes meaningful quotes from famous authors and illustrates them in an incredibly clever way. His goal is to design 50 original prints, …

Literature

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Know

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Ballman, a Florida employment lawyer and author of the book,</i> Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards. <i>Her blog is Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home and she tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Her other</i> …

Must See HDTV for the week of December 30th: Community, Dragonball Z and Downton Abbey

As we say goodbye to 2013 the week is filled with New Year's Eve celebrations (Ryan Seacrest vs. Carson Daly) and a different kind of competition with college bowl games and the opening round of the NFL playoffs. Looking for more than sportsball and holiday cheer? This week also features the debut …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

As 2014 begins, Venus a thin crescent in bright twilight

Venus is beautiful now! Just don’t wait too many days to look for it. It’ll soon disappear in the glare of sunset.<p>The planet Venus has graced our …

Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Conservators working to preserve artifacts from the early days of Antarctic exploration have uncovered century-old black-and-white negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition but never printed.<p>A box containing 22 negatives was found frozen in a block of ice in a hut used first …

5 Scientific Discoveries Based On Weird Baby Experiments

Babies can be mysterious creatures -- what exactly is going on in that little noggin? Fortunately, over the years, scientists have developed some creative ways to find out what makes babies tick. Here are some of the weirdest (but not cruel -- no abandonment here!) ways that research has probed …

Pregnancy

Sherlock Holmes Is Now In The Public Domain

In the more than 125 years since he first appeared, Sherlock Holmes has popped up everywhere from fan fiction set in outer space to screen adaptations like CBS’s “Elementary,” set in contemporary Manhattan.<p>Read more on nytimes.com

The Top Video Games Of 2014

2014 is the first real year of what can now safely be referred to as “current-gen” video games. The era of the Xbox 360 and PS3 is drawing to a close and a new epoch is beginning. Even the Wii U promises to come into its own in the coming year.<p>But it’s still a good year for what we can now start …

How 'Her' Created A Hyper-Realistic Future With A Sparse Budget

The real world is full of scuff marks and dents. Rust and signs of aging. But CG objects and cities? They’re likely to look unrealistically smooth—like the entire world was built an hour before the cameras rolled in. This fundamental disconnect from how we experience the real world and how CG …

Assassin's Creed Concept Art by Ivan Koritarev

2013 had some pretty amazing, beautiful games, like GTA V, The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. The latest installment of the assassin's …

The Best Video Games Of 2013

2013 was a really great year for video games. Maybe not the best year of all time, but a year packed with ambitious, surprising new titles.<p>It was also a year of new benchmarks, with games like <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> blowing away all previous sales records, and two new consoles from Sony and …

Deltaprintr: a quick, tall 3D printer for under $700 (video)

The trio behind the Deltaprintr launched their project with a noble enough goal: creating a 3D printer that was cheap enough so as to actually be affordable for college students like themselves. The result comes in $685, preassembled. Not too shabby, so far as these things go. And with the project …

Pinterest's Newly Restored Creative Headquarters

Standard cubicles and traditional cafeterias are a thing of the past, as growing companies, particularly in the social media circuit, are opting for a more open environment that allows for employee interaction. Earlier today, Katie shared Twitter's main global office with us and now we bring you …

San Francisco