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Privacy

Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android lands in the Google Play Store

We know that Microsoft is pushing forward with a vengeance to get Windows 10 and a new round of Office products into the hands of consumers. To that end, they have just released their new Outlook Preview app for your Android devices.<p>Microsoft Outlook Preview is free in the Google Play Store. They …

Apps

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 we have collected 10 of the most powerful quotes from Anne Frank’s legendary The Diary of a Young Girl<p>Please share your favourite Anne Frank quotes by emailing childrens.books@theguardian.com or on Twitter @GdnChildrensBk and we’ll add them to this blog<p>The theme …

Books

design

A Simple Video Tutorial on Creating a Hyperlapse with Your DSLR

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at shooting a hyperlapse video, the short and sweet video tutorial above may be a nice place to start your …

W. Eugene Smith Considered Darkroom Work to be 90% of a Photo’s Creation Process

American photojournalist W. Eugene Smith was widely praised for his devotion to photography and for pioneering the use of the photo essay to tell …

Photo Essays

70 Years Ago Today: Lt. Audie Murphy Holds the Line

Born in poverty and orphaned as a teenager in Hunt County, Texas, Audie Murphy lied about his age in order to try to get into the US Marine Corps. …

Military

Finally, Your Weird Ears Can Have Perfectly-Sized Headphones

The future of form fitting earwear will be 3D-printed.<p>It's difficult to admit, but I'm one of those unfortunate souls whose bodies always tends to be right in between industry-standard sizes: my shirts fall between small and medium, shoe size toes the 9.5-10, and so on. When it comes to headphones, …

3D Printing

Photo by @stefanounterthiner. With Gran Paradiso’s massif looming beyond a cloud bank, a yellow-billed Alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) woops and soars on thermals and updrafts. Shot on assignment for @natgeo and published in the current issue of the Magazine (February 2015) in the story "Paradise Found”. The #Granparadiso NP is the the oldest Italian protected area. #Italy #Valsavarenche @thephotosociety

Brilliantly Simple Two-Person Conversation Bench (Must See the Video)

One more from mathematical madman maker John Edmark, this one on the furniture front. Practical? No; but his Four-Legged Chair has to be the most …

Furniture

Delightful Recipe Makes Bread Hippos That Peek out of Soup

A hot bowl of soup pairs perfectly with the winter temperatures outside. What makes the meal even better are when hippos are included. Yes, you read that right – hippos in your soup! Sandra Denneler created a recipe for this adorable <i>Healthy Hungry Hippo Soup</i>. She crafted the creatures with bread …

Soup

30 Links to Inspiring Photography Articles and Amazing Photos

It's been another terrific week in the world of photography with many talented artists sharing photographs and articles exhibiting the finest in the …

Landscape Photography

Whittier, Alaska, A Small Town of Fewer Than 300 Residents All Living in the Same Building

Erika Thompson, an elementary teacher from the community of Whittier, Alaska, talks about life in a small town of fewer than 300 residents who all …

Google Maps

The South as seen through the lens of the 20×24 Polaroid camera

Artist Jennifer Trausch is the Director of Photography at the 20 X 24 Studio in Manhattan. The 20 X 24 Studio is built around a 239-pound analog …

Heroin, Meth, LSD, Ketamine, Speed and More Captured on Film

Speed<p>Crystal Meth<p>We know what most drugs look like—at least in material form that is. But what does their matter, their breakdown, their essence look …

How to Use a Tripod (and When)

We’ve all seen them. The professional photographer – a rare breed dressed in a safari vest with countless pockets, a fanny pack (I mean, seriously? …

Landscape Photography

The Sunny 16 Rule – how to take photos without the use of a light-meter

<i>On a sunny day, from spring to autumn, from mid morning to mid afternoon, the correct exposure for any subject is f/16; the according shutter speed</i> …

Macro Photos That Focus In on the Beautiful Details of Ordinary Things

Can you tell what the translucent object is in the photograph above? It’s a single grain of sugar captured in a macro photograph by artist Pyanek, …

This Futuristic Desert City Is Designed For Self-Sufficient, Communal Living

If you lived here, you’d never have to leave. Given that you’d be in the middle of a desert, that’s probably a good thing.<p>Masdar City—Abu Dhabi’s $18 billion experiment in planning a city from the ground up—was designed to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development. It’s results …

Readers' travel photograph competition: 2014 winners

Over the last year, Guardian readers have entered thousands of fantastic pictures to our monthly readers’ travel photography competition. Here are the best from each month’s theme, and scroll down to see the overall winner and runners-up. The winner’s prize is a fantastic 11-night trip to Kwa-Zulu …

Draco Malfoy Outs Himself As A Gryffindor

Uh-oh. Does the Hogwarts Sorting Hat need a tune-up?<p>Though he's most famous for playing Draco Malfoy, the slimiest of Slytherins, actor Tom Felton …

Books

The New Measles

One of the most infectious viruses on the planet is making a comeback in the United States, and many doctors have never even seen it.<p>Measles used to be an illness everyone got.<p>Before vaccination became widespread in the 1960s, pediatricians knew to check their patients' throats for the spray of …

Public Health

New SAT, New Problems

The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.<p>In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity.<p>In his speech, Coleman …

Education

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain