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The Best Aperture for Landscape Photography

The question “<b>What aperture is best for landscape photography?</b>” is often asked via the CaptureLandscapes newsletter and other discussion venues.While</b> …

Great Advice From 25 Writing Manuals by Famous Authors

There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are good. Some of them are not quite as good. This is the usual way of …

Writing

Probably the Most Useful Photo Editing Skills You'll Ever Need

Photo Editing Skills to Propel Your Photography Once and for All<p>Are there many photographers out there who showcase their straight out of camera …

Tutorials

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Writers from all over the world came together to celebrate books Monday night at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.<p>The ceremony is an annual …

Books

Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Basic Plot for the Beginning Writers<p>Updated October 23, 2017<p>If, like many people, you labor under the idea that for "real" writers, plot comes …

Creative Writing

Caia: A Robot That Fills Your Home With Sunshine

World’s 1st powerful, portable & cost-effective solution for bringing natural light into your home. | Check out 'Caia: A Robot That Fills Your Home …

Mike Brooks On How He Created a Well-Worn Universe for His Novel Dark Run

There’s a category of science fiction that we really like: the well-worn space opera. Spaceships, crews, mysterious cargos, smuggling runs across the …

A Silicon Valley linguist invented a new sci-fi language and it’s catching on here on Earth

If you’re a screenwriter imagining a fictional place, whether on Earth or in space, it’s become almost de rigueur to invest it with its own language. Valyrian, created by linguist David J. Peterson for <i>Game of Thrones</i>, is the best recent example.<p>Sometimes these languages can take on a life of their …

Silicon Valley

Meet the girl who has spent 10 years sailing the world, and has brought a cat along for the adventure

Getting your cat on a boat and sailing the oceans of the earth sounds like the beginning of a best-selling children’s book, but for Liz Clark it’s a reality.<p>A self-proclaimed ‘Shepirate’ the 34 year-old San Diego native has been sailing around the world in an 11-by-40-foot Cal 40 boat that she was …

Sailing

Why Microsoft Just Bought 10 Million Strands of DNA

Microsoft(msft). just bought 10 million strands of DNA from a San Francisco company called Twist Bioscience. Why? Data storage.<p>When you think about …

Genetics

The 20 Best Small Towns In America To Visit In 2016, According To The Smithsonian

This year's list by The Smithsonian is bound to give you intense wanderlust — unless you're lucky enough to live in these charming destinations year round.<p>The Smithsonian just released its annual list of the best small towns in America, and this year's roundup is bound to give you intense …

Zion National Park

The Wake-Up Call That Transformed Neuroscientist Richard Davidson's Life

Richard Davidson had been studying the brain for more than a decade when he was asked a question that quite literally changed his life.<p>"Why have you been using the tools of modern neuroscience just to study anxiety and stress and fear and depression?" Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asked the …

Person of Interest’s Final Villains Are Mark Zuckerberg and Isaac Asimov

For years, <i>Person of Interest</i> has been right on the cutting edge between commenting on current events and speculating about the future. With its final …

7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start)

Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose …

A Practical Guide To Invisible Design

With examples from Dropbox, Gmail, and more, here’s a no-nonsense guide to creating user experiences that are so natural, they feel invisible.<p>When you examine the most successful interaction designs of recent years, the clear winners are those who execute fundamentals flawlessly, like Gmail’s …

UI Design

21 Provocative Books By Women Every Bookshelf Needs

When actress Emma Watson announced recently that she was launching a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf, many were skeptical. Any new book club, like a new restaurant, has a high chance of failure, and Watson hardly seemed the expert.<p>Now that the club has moved into its second book, <i>The</i> …

Books

How to Write a Great Science Fiction Novel in 7 Easy Steps

<i>Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of</i> …

Great Tools for Creating Infographics For Free - Intelligent Head Quarters

Tools for Creating Infographics<p>Infographics provide an excellent way to get information across to people quickly and simply. These days we are …

Infographics

Using these 10 apps will help your MacBook run faster and more efficiently

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Shutterstock MacBooks are widely regarded as some of the highest-quality laptops on the market; the Air is king of the hill in most …

Apps

Time-traveling photons connect general relativity to quantum mechanics

Scientists have simulated time travel by using particles of light acting as quantum particles sent away and then brought back to their original …

Why Amanda Palmer is the role model we've all been waiting for

Earlier this year, Grand Central Publishing released <i>The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help</i>, a memoir by …

Of mice and old men: is the elixir of youth finally coming of age?

American scientists have coined the term ‘senolytics’ to describe a new class of drugs designed to delay the ageing process by clearing out doddery cells<p>It is generally accepted as one of life’s unfortunate, but inevitable facts: we might be able to disguise the wrinkles for a time, but ageing will …

Immune System

5 Things You’ll Learn In Ideo’s New Online Innovation Class

Build your creative confidence with the famous design firm’s idiot-proof plan.<p>Think you’re not creative? The innovation gurus at Ideo beg to differ. The design firm argues that anyone can unleash an inner creative genius through certain methods–the same methods that Ideo uses on its own projects. A …

Downdetector Tells You if a Web Service or ISP Is Having Problems

iOS/Web: When you can't get to a web site, you can check if it's down for everyone. If it's a web service like Facebook or an ISP, Downdetector gives …

App Store

This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud

Damn, this is more fun than I would’ve expected.<p>Do you ever type things into Google just to see what whacky stuff pops up in the autocomplete box?<p>GoogleFeud takes that concept and turns it into a Family Feud-style game. How well do you know the hivemind?<p>GoogleFeud provides the first half of a …

Bob's Burgers

Why great novels don't get noticed now

'Dear Thief’ was one of the best novels published last year. So why haven’t you heard of it? Gaby Wood meets its author, Samantha Harvey<p>Last year, when literary fiction seemed to fall either into the category of formal experiment (Ali Smith’s How to Be Both; Will Self’s Shark) or into an …

This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

Need an obscure medicinal compound found only in a jungle plant? Just print it<p>Say you're a medical researcher interested in a rare chemical produced in the roots of a little-known Peruvian flower. It's called ratanhine, and it's valuable because it has some fascinating anti-fungal properties that …

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.<p>In 1978, the mathematician John McKay …

Mathematics

Three things you should know about USB Type-C

A new standard of USB is coming to market this year, and it's hard to not be impressed with the progress made since the version that was released in 2008. Here are the things you'll want to know about USB Type-C.<p>Whether you're excited about today's news from the Apple event, or you are looking …

Gear & Gadgets

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