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Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

Handy

How to reduce the pain of a bad memory

American psychologists find that focusing on the contextual elements of a bad memory helps to reduce the pain it causes<p>Scientists in America claim they have found a simple technique people may use to reduce the emotional impact of bad memories.<p>The researchers at the Beckman Institute at the …

A Test That Quantifies Basic Language-Learning Ability

Are some people just better at becoming fluent in new languages as adults?<p>Until recently, it's been used exclusively in U.S. government agencies and military schools. But now, a test for how easily a person will become fluent in a foreign language could be made available for civilians. Nautilus …

Language Learning

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright …

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

Updated: Micro $299 3D Printer Passes $2M On Kickstarter In 3 Days

<b>Update:</b> The consumer-focused, low-cost Micro 3D printer that’s currently raising money on Kickstarter to get its prototype to market, has pushed passed the $2 million mark in pledged crowdfunds — just three days after the campaign kicked off.<p>At the time of writing, the Micro is pushing north of …

Oddworld Creator Lashes EA, Talks Abe's Oddysee Remake - IGN Video

The upcoming Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is distinct from the HD versions of Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath currently available via the PlayStation …

5 Tips For Creating Stunning Cityscapes

Cityscapes have a uniquely vibrant feel to them which is unlike any other form of photography. If shot correctly, they can captivate an audience. …

Landscape Photography

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Unarmed Self-Defense from the Mad Men Era | The Art of Manliness

As I was browsing through some old magazines the other day, I came across a fantastic issue of <i>Popular Science</i> from 1962 that contained a feature on …

A Guide To Black and White Portraits

There is an old quote that says, “If you want to shoot fashion, shoot in color, but if you want to shoot emotion, shoot in black and white.” I don’t …

Love Myself

Books of the year 2013

Last winter, as 2012 settled into its long sleep, I resolved for the new year to read less stuff on the internet and to devote the time won back to reading books. The list below, presented in the order in which they were read, are the ones that I managed to get through this past twelvemonth. As you …

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …