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Trump Grows as His Critics Shrink

Opinion<p>Posted: Jun 16, 2018 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p><i>Warning: This</i> …

Six reasons why social media is a Bummer

It might not seem like it at first, but I’m an optimist. I don’t think we have to throw the whole digital world away. But there is one particular hi-tech thing that is toxic even in small quantities.<p>The issue isn’t only that internet users are crammed into environments that can bring out the worst …

Social Media

These Are the Best Camera Settings for Landscape Photography, According to Serge Ramelli

Serge Ramelli is a professional photographer and educator we turn to again and again for great photography tips and advice. In the below video he …

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What one word drives 'Avengers: Infinity War' and really much of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe?

“Iron Man<i>,</i>”the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is just 10 minutes old when Tony Stark—arms dealer and self-proclaimed genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist—makes a sales presentation to America's military brass.<p>“They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire,” he …

Blackmagic Unveils a $1,295 Compact Camera That Shoots 4K RAW

Blackmagic has just announced its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, a Micro Four Thirds compact camera that puts 4K RAW recording in your pocket for …

Cinematography

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

Does Gun Control Reduce Murder? Let’s Run The Numbers Across The World

Watching the recent emotional speeches and marches supporting gun control, I can’t shake a question that nags me: Would we be safer with fewer …

Gun Culture Is My Culture. And I Fear for What It Has Become.

Two weeks before Christmas, I had a 9-millimeter pistol concealed in my waistband and a rifle with two 30-round magazines in the passenger seat beside me. I was driving down from the mountains to meet a fellow I didn’t know at a Cracker Barrel off I-40 in the North Carolina foothills. He was …

Guns

Yes, They Are Coming for Your Guns

Opinion<p>Posted: Apr 01, 2018 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>The anti-gun …

Guns

In High School, I Fervently Supported Gun Control. Now, I’m An NRA Member. Here’s What Changed

When I was 16 years old, I would have voted to take your right to own a gun away. The Columbine massacre happened in April 1999, when I was a junior …

Enhance the Eyes of Your Subject in Seconds Using This Photoshop Technique

The character of your portraits is conveyed by many different elements, but a crucial one is the eyes of your subject. In this short tutorial, I’ll …

The Terror Is Really Scary TV—And That's A Very Good Thing

Why isn’t TV scarier? It’s not <i>not</i> scary. That eerie French show <i>The Returned</i> had its moments. There’ve been one or two nightmarish episodes of <i>Black Mirror</i>. But what passes for horror on TV is more like theatrical camp (<i>American Horror Story</i>), Spielbergian adventure-spinning (<i>Stranger Things</i>), or …

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Facebook knows literally everything about you

Cambridge Analytica may have used Facebook’s data to influence your political opinions. But why does least-liked tech company Facebook have all this data about its users in the first place?<p>Let’s put aside Instagram, WhatsApp and other Facebook products for a minute. Facebook has built the world’s …

Social Media

'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary by Roger Penrose

The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, …

Physics

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of …

Black History

Alien hunters spot ‘crash-landed UFO’ on remote British island near Antarctica

A bizarre ‘UFO’ has been observed on a remote British-owned island near Antarctica.<p>The strange object appears to have crash-landed into snow and ice, …

Printing Your Photos: A Workflow Start to Finish

Are you starting to print your photography? Are you looking to sell prints for the fans of your work? This new video gives a great rundown of …

Here’s all of the companies boycotting the NRA — and why you should boycott them back

In the days following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, millions of Americans have placed blame on the National Rifle Association because the organization advocates for the Second Amendment and against firearm restrictions.<p>Now, companies who …

What's the Difference Between Pastrami and Corned Beef?

Here in Chicago on the near South Side there is a steam table delicatessen called Manny's. I’ve been going there all my life. My dad used to take me …

Elon Musk is about to launch the first of 11,925 proposed SpaceX internet satellites — more than all spacecraft that orbit Earth today

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by the entrepreneur Elon Musk, is keeping quiet about a plan to bathe the Earth in high-speed internet access.<p>During a press briefing with Musk about the Falcon Heavy rocket launch last week, Business Insider asked about the project — informally known as Starlink, …

20 Stunningly Intimate Birth, Postpartum And Maternity Photos

“We believe that these images are worth seeing and celebrating.”<p>Birth photographers capture deeply emotional and personal moments for parents.<p>To celebrate this work, Birth Becomes Her, a birth photography blog and community, held a contest featuring real images focusing on aspects of early …

Pork Belly's Many Crispy, Fatty, Glorious Forms

By Alex Delany<p>This cut of pork was put here to make up happy.<p>Pork is a truly beautiful thing. We think about it a lot, to be honest. Definitely more than most. And in all that thought, we always end up slack-jawed with pork belly on the brain. The fatty, crispy, complex cut of pork that you …

This Leftist Sent The Single Stupidest Tweet In Human History About 'Black Panther.' It's Incredible.

On Monday, senior editor and “planetary evangelist” for The Planetary Society Emily Lakdawalla got herself into a Twitter mess over her suggestion …

This One Trick Will Make Your Pasta So Much Better

And it doesn’t require any extra time.<p>There are few dishes as satisfying as a steaming plate of pasta, especially when it’s enjoyed at the end of a …

Dutch Photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk Shoots Portraits In the Style Of Classic Paintings

Dutch Artist and Fine-Art Photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk style is inspired by the masterpieces of old master painters. While you see your …

Glass Half Full

I am going to be completely honest with you all…I’m exhausted. Completely burnt out emotionally and physically. This past while has KICKED. MY. ASS. …

Moving Tips

<b>As I mentioned last week,</b> moving sucks. It is likely one of the most stressful & exciting times of our lives (aside from planning our weddings and …

Winners of the 2017 B&W Child Photo Competition Capture the Magic of Childhood

The winners of the 2017 B&W Child Photo Competition have been announced, marking the end of the fourth year of the contest. As one of the biggest international photography competitions, talented photographers from all over the world enter each year with their depictions of childhood. The winning …

Photoshop’s New Subject Select Tool…WOW!

Robert Vanelli (Vanelli to his friends) is a working photographer, educator and author living in Florida. After a successful career as a three-time, …