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Composite lighting technique lets amateurs produce well-lit photos in minutes (video)

Hobbyist photographers don't often have the luxury of elaborate lighting rigs. However, Adobe and Cornell University have developed a new software technique that could bring pro-grade illumination to a wider audience. Known as computational lighting design, the solution simplifies a familiar trick …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

NSA’s spying could lose U.S. computing industry $35bn in three years

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Report from tech think tank suggests foreign cloud users will now avoid U.S. companies<p>Natasha Lennard<p>August 12, 2013 5:42pm (UTC)<p>A new report from D.C.-based technology think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation spells a grim outlook for the U.S. computing …

German police to begin making 3D-printed guns to test effectiveness

The 3D-printed gun may find its most robust testing program in the German police force.<p>When asked by Germany's Left Party in parliament whether 3D-printed weapons were a legitimate concern, the Federal Criminal Police, known as the Bundeskriminalamt, or the BKA, said it had purchased a 3D printer …

You're More Likely to Die a Violent Death in Rural America Than in a City

Philip Caputo on 'The Longest Road'

It's a big country, as they say, and no one knows that better than Philip Caputo. In "The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean," the novelist, nonfiction writer and former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune takes a four-month road trip …

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

You’ve seen them on the road or in films and TV, but how much do you really know about the super-hip silver trailer? In the late 1920s, Airstream’s …

Angela Corey’s Overzealous Prosecution of Marissa Alexander

The Florida state attorney’s prosecution of a battered woman who was trying to defend herself is grossly unjust, writes Kirsten Powers.<p>Angela Corey …

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Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me'

Nearly a week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama made his feelings about the situation clear: race and racism had a lot to do with Martin’s death, and the country needs to start grappling with what that means.<p>In arguably the most direct and …

ACLU claims some police departments keep license plate tracking data forever

There's a good chance that a local law enforcement agency or a private company has all the information it needs to track your general whereabouts over the course of weeks, months, or even years. This detailed surveillance is made possible by automatic license plate readers that can capture and …

Third appeals court invalidates Obama's recess appointments

Another federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were not consitutional recess appointments, making it the third circuit court to invalidate the appointments.<p>The Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit …

The typographic works of Tomasz Biernat

The Joy Of Illustrated Maps In The Era Of Google Earth

11 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

A Logaritmical Spiral Appears Around a Wet Tennis Ball Photographed by Arvin Rahimzadeh | Colossal

<p>This is a great high speed capture by photographer Arvin Rahimzadeh who snapped a photo of this spinning, water-soaked tennis ball that exemplifies …

Sea of Clouds: Expansive Cloud Formations Over the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas by Jakob Wagner | Colossal

<p>Photographer Jakob Wagner shoots wonderful wide-angle aerial photographs in addition to commercial work for Audi, Wired, and Jim Beam. My two …

Obamacare Struggles To Meet Make-Or-Break Deadline

By David Morgan<p>WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) - With time running out, U.S. officials are struggling to cope with the task of launching the new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama's signature health reforms by an Oct. 1 deadline.<p>The White House, and federal …

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The receding threat from 'peak oil'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/994000/994355_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534456908_74bc4f10e10040cd14b38e575596fd69<p><b>Concerns about oil supplies running dry are receding, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).</b><p>Massive new discoveries in the US …

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Russia Reportedly Goes Retro To Keep Kremlin Secrets

The Russian agency charged with safeguarding Kremlin communications is said to be opting for a low-tech solution to secure top-secret messages in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal: typewriters.<p><i>Izvestia</i> reports that the Federal Guard Agency, known by the acronym FSO, has placed an order for …

The Four Most Surprising Revelations About Osama Bin Laden’s Final Years

Picture Osama bin Laden wearing a cowboy hat, strolling the perimeter of his walled-in Pakistani compound, contemplating whether to trim the …

How Local Police Missed a Chance to Stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011

He could’ve been stopped in 2011—if police asked one simple question about Tamerlan. By Michael Daly.<p>The Boston marathon bombing might never have …

“Hail Satan!”: The New “Pro-Choice” Mantra on Abortion

In the war between life and death, all eyes are on Texas as the Lone Star State legislature is poised to pass a sweeping late-term abortion ban. Gov. …

Obama's Crisis of Competence

The White House seems more comfortable stage-managing the news than dealing with the uncomfortable crises that inevitably crop up.<p>Reuters<p>President Obama returned last night from a weeklong trip to Africa, seeking to position himself as part of ailing Nelson Mandela's legacy and generating strategic …

Poll: Americans don’t like decision on Voting Rights Act

51 percent say they disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively halt the law<p>Jillian Rayfield<p>July 3, 2013 1:50pm (UTC)<p>The majority of Americans say they disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision to effectively halt the Voting Rights Act, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post …

ROBERT GATES: The Biggest Threat To National Security Is Located In DC

Popular Mechanics posted some of his comments, including how the biggest threat to national security is a divisive political system that's too paralyzed to act on any issue:<p>"I think the biggest threat to our future sits in Washington, D.C., and not someplace else. The rest of the problems of the …

National Security

Snowden applies for political asylum in Russia, rants against Obama administration

Professed NSA leaker Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, but President Vladimir Putin says he can stay only if he stops "damaging our American partners." Only hours later, Snowden released a statement railing against the U.S. government.<p>Russia was one of about 20 countries …

Palantir is helping California police develop controversial license plate database

Throwing more light on the controversial use of police license plate readers, a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals the development of a new California database under development with the help of Palantir, a Silicon Valley firm whose data analysis technology is in wide …