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The 100 best science fiction movies of all time, according to critics

At its best, science fiction can present a captivating, inventive picture of societal trends and flaws.<p>The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time traces a lineage of great films from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" through the Tom …

Science Fiction

The Advance of the Mongols: 6 Campaigns That Built the World’s Largest Land Empire

The Conquest of Western Xia and Jin China<p>In 1207, the year after taking his title, Genghis Khan embarked upon his first expansionist project. He cast …

Ancient History

How to Write a Book: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dust off your writing chops and get to it! You can write the book you’ve been dreaming about when you break it down into manageable steps.<p>The first …

Writing

Learn How to Photograph the Milky Way

Have you ever tried to photograph the Milky Way, but your photographs appear blurry, too dark, or too noisy? Well, watch this video by Mike Perea to …

Landscape Photography

Have Researchers Unraveled the Six-Decade Mystery of a Kansas Museum Portrait?

In the portrait, Annetta Pelham meets the viewer’s gaze head-on. If the slightest hint of a smile beneath her patronizing stare wasn’t enough to …

Art

So James Gunn, Joss Whedon and Other MCU Directors Got Together And ...

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is now available on Digital HD, and along with all of the usual special features like deleted scenes, a gag reel and …

Marvel Universe

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use

On Friday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that "more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s …

This Is the Best Barbecue Joint in Every U.S. State

Yelp reviewers pick their favorite brisket, ribs, pork shoulder, and more.<p>Beef or pork? Wet or dry? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No matter the …

Kansas City

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

Hear Miles Davis & John Coltrane Battle It Out on Their Final Tour Together, 1960

One of the greatest tour stories of jazz takes place not in its birthplace but in Europe, where John Coltrane reluctantly joined Miles Davis for a …

John Coltrane

15 Essential Canon DSLR Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

We’ve put together 15 essential Canon DSLR photography tips and tricks specifically to help you get to the grips with your camera and all the great …

Pluto and Charon Shine in Most Detailed Topographical Maps Ever

New research showcasing the dramatic topography of Pluto and its moon Charon should help scientists better guess what forces have shaped them.<p>The New …

Quick Tip: How to Use Your Camera’s Live View Mode to Get the Correct Exposure Every Time

Here’s a simple trick that will help you get the right exposure in your photos without all the unnecessary stress. According to photographer Pierre …

How to take pictures of the Perseid meteor shower and the stars

If you’re lucky to see stars where you live, or you’re camping outdoors this summer, photographing the night sky can yield spectacular results. With …

Landscape Photography

20+ of the Best Free Online Resources From Art Institutions Around the World

Today, more and more art institutions are sharing their permanent collections online. Intended to increase visibility and promote accessibility, <b>digitization projects</b> are a great way for museums and libraries to attract modern audiences.<p>For years, many organizations have offered images of their …

Museums

The 5 Worst Types of Photographers

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup made this lighthearted 7.5-minute video about the 5 worst types of photographers you’ll meet.<p>Here’s a rundown …

Archaeologists stumble on Neolithic ritual site in Suffolk

As diggers began to strip the daisies and buttercups and carve down through the parched clay of a field near Woodbridge in Suffolk that sloped down to a riverbank, with archaeologists watching over the pretty but apparently featureless site, something extraordinary began to emerge. Clear spring …

Archaeology

Cave divers uncover new humanlike species in South Africa

Paleontologists have discovered an ancient human relative in South Africa thanks to a tricky cave diving excavation that recovered close to 1,550 …

2,500-Year-Old Burial of Celtic Prince Reveals Stunning Secrets

LAVAU, FRANCE – two years ago, a small village in eastern France became famous when archaeologists first uncovered the 5th century BC tomb of a …

Quick Tips for Photographing the Full Moon or Supermoon

The great thing about photographing the moon is that you have many chances each month to photograph it in its various phases.<p>That means that if you …

How to write a book and publish it (without giving up your day job)

Best tip: start now<p>You dream of being the next J.K. Rowling or Paula Hawkins but that pesky job, not to mention your social life, family commitments …

How to Photograph Stars: Camera Settings and Techniques

Photographing stars and the night sky is completely different than photographing during regular daylight or even the Golden Hour. Most of the …

Landscape Photography

Avoid “Dirty” Photos with This Simple 3-Step Process for Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor (VIDEO)

Dirty camera sensors are a common source of degraded image quality, resulting in tedious post-processing work to clean up the photograph. This …

Minamoto Clan

The Minamoto clan was an extended family group which dominated Japanese government and the imperial court in the 12th and 13th centuries CE. The clan …

An Art Director Shares How Book Covers Are Made

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when the cover is insanely gorgeous, who can blame you? Definitely not Alyssa Nassner, an Associate Art Director at ABRAMS Kids. Her job requires creativity; browsing through bookstores; and working with editors, artists, and book sellers to …

Watch a 360-degree video of the Porsche 919 hybrid whipping around Le Mans

Inside the cockpit at 200 miles per hour<p>The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a race of extremes. It’s a test of endurance, a showcase of technology, and it’s also all about speed. To understand the first of those, you’ll have to wait until the 85th running of the race, which takes place this weekend. But you …

Sports Cars

Download 2,500 Beautiful Woodblock Prints and Drawings by Japanese Masters (1600-1915)

No one art form has done more to shape the world's sense of traditional Japanese aesthetics than the woodblock print. But not so very long ago, in …

Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO: The Exposure Triangle Explained

Ask any beginner photographer - and plenty of experienced ones, too - what the most difficult aspect of understanding photography is, and I'm willing …

Shutter Speed

Researchers Analyze Burial of Ancient Celtic Prince

In 2015, archaeologists in Lavau, France, discovered one of the country’s greatest archeological finds in centuries. In an area being developed as an …

Archaeology

Rome's Fall Left Britain A Violent, Cityless Hellscape

In the year 350 AD, to paraphrase the historian Robin Fleming, Britain was as Roman a place as anywhere in the Empire. It had a dense network of …