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I'm a College Student With Disabilities. Here's What It's Like

First things first: I have a very rare neurological disorder (as in 50-cases-in-the-world rare) that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don't have reflexes and can't regulate my own body temperature. I'm deaf.<p>I also can't do things like tie my …

Adobe Quietly Added 10-Bit Color to Photoshop CC on OS X: Here’s How to Enable It

In October 2015, Apple quietly unlocked 10-bit color in its release of the OS X El Capitan operating system update. 3rd party software didn’t support …

Immortal Beloved: Beethoven’s Passionate Love Letters

“My heart overflows with a longing to tell you so many things…”<p>A student of both Mozart and Haydn, <b>Ludwig van Beethoven</b> (1770–1827) endures as one of the most influential and beloved composers of all time. Whenever I find myself with a sunken heart, I promptly put his Ninth Symphony on repeat. It’s …

How to Quickly Remove Power Lines from Photos

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MIT’s experimental 3D-printed sneaker shape-shifts to fit your foot

At the moment, 3D printing is still mostly about experimentation. While it hasn’t quite taken off to revolutionize the way consumer products are made just yet, it does offer a lot of exciting, innovative ideas, especially in the realm of sneakers.<p>MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a group focused on research …

3D Printing

Halo 5 download issues frustrate some gamers

<b>Some gamers eager to play Halo 5, one of the most hotly anticipated Xbox One games of the year, have expressed frustration over slow downloads.</b><p>Several would-be players of the new title, which launched on Tuesday, have posted comments online complaining that the game is taking "hours" to …

Snapchat update adds slow-mo, fast forward, & rewind video effects + 3D Touch

Snapchat has updated its iPhone app with a new set of fun video filters to try out plus 3D Touch support on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Adding to the existing set of video filters, Snapchat now lets you turn videos into slow-mo clips, quickly paced videos with fast forward, and backward-moving …

Like Prohibition, the fight over guns is about something else

A quarter-century ago, while casting about for a dissertation topic, I decided I wanted to write about alcohol prohibition. In a nation of so many drinkers, banning booze was obviously futile. So why did we try so hard to do it?<p>Then I encountered a book by a UC San Diego sociologist named Joseph …

Guns

Royals outlast Mets in World Series Game 1: 13 Things to know

The Royals outlasted the Mets in 14 innings to win Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday. Here are 13 things to know about Kansas City's 5-4 win.<p>Tuesday …

Volkswagen, Hit by Emissions Scandal, Posts Its First Loss in Years

FRANKFURT — A remarkable period of growth ended at Volkswagen on Wednesday when the carmaker reported its first quarterly loss in at least 15 years and began the costly process of absorbing the expense of fixing millions of cars designed to cheat on emissions tests.<p>The day also was the end of a …

Volkswagen's horror quarter ends with $3.9 billion loss

Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) swung, inevitably, to its first quarterly loss in over 15 years in the three months to September, but the company’s shares rose …

Derrick Rose accuser seeks $21.5 million

The woman who has accused Bulls guard Derrick Rose of rape is seeking $21.5 million in damages, according to court documents.<p>Rose and two friends are being sued by the 29-year-old woman, who alleges the basketball player sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in August 2013. Rose has denied the …

Apple predicting record holiday quarter earnings after quarter trillion dollar year

Despite analyst fears that Apple couldn’t match last year’s record holiday quarter sales of $74.6B, the guidance issued by the company indicates that it expects to do so. Analysts had been concerned that last year’s record sales had been driven by pent-up demand for larger-screened iPhones, demand …

Judge rules Kentucky man had the right to shoot down his neighbor’s drone

A Kentucky man who shot down a drone flying near his property has been cleared of all charges by a local judge. William Merideth was originally cited for criminal mischief and wanton endangerment after shooting the drone out of the air in July this year, but Judge Rebecca Ward ruled that he was …

The Forgotten Stepwells Of Urban India

All across India, elaborate subterranean temples are hidden in plain site. Constructed between the 2nd century and 4th century AD, these massive and ornate stepwells were built both for spiritual bathing and as a way to access water tables during monsoon season and drought seasons. Today, tourists …

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These Majestic Photos Will Give You A Spacegasm

The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition have been announced and they'll make you want to leave planet Earth.

A Blood Supermoon Rises Around the World: Pictures

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Patrick Witty's Dramatic Photos Capture What It's Like To Arrive As A Refugee

Photographer Patrick Witty captured the arrival of refugees onto the Greek island of Lesbos for BuzzFeed News.<p><b>Each day, rickety boats</b> land laden with people seeking a path into Europe. The Greek island of Lesbos, which is off the coast of Turkey, offers an alternate route to the long land journey …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

21 striking photos of ballerinas, what dreams are made of

Oct. 1 is World Ballet Day — a day to celebrate some of the most skilled and graceful dancers on the planet.<p>On Thursday five of the world’s leading …

Chicago Blackhawks place veteran forward Bryan Bickell on waivers

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks placed veteran forward Bryan Bickell on waivers Friday in their latest move to reshape their high-priced roster.<p>A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press of the decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the …

CATCHING CALBUCO

Project info<p>I had never managed to capture a force of nature as stunning as a volcanic eruption. Chile has some 90 active volcanoes that roar to life from time to time with the kind of raw natural power that every photographer dreams of catching. But the country is extremely long and narrow, and …

Apple acquires speech technology and virtual assistant startup VocalIQ

Cupertino is set on improving its voice technology and virtual assistant, and is reportedly doing so by acquiring a UK-based startup that specializes in just that. <i>Financial Times</i> reports that Apple acquired VocalIQ, a company that builds virtual assistants using machine learning tech. One can …

Paul Goldberger and Eric Owen Moss on Avant-Garde Architecture, Frank Gehry, and Los Angeles vs. New York

Dwell on Design NY's keynote speakers, architecture critic Paul Goldberger and architect Eric Owen Moss, began their discussion with the origins of modern architecture but ended with a deeper subject: how can you be an architectural insider and outsider?<p>Eric Owen Moss began the conversation with a …

This Gorgeous Film Shows Photographers In Front of a Rising Supermoon

This past weekend, the day before the supermoon lunar eclipse, photographer Mark Gee decided to take advantage of the extra large moon his own way. …

Apple welcomes new batch of HomeKit-compatible devices

Apple’s list of HomeKit-compatible devices is finally starting to look impressive.<p>The company’s smarthome framework has been off to a bit of a slow start since Apple first unveiled it at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year, but this fall might be when it actually hits its stride. The list …

Interview: Traveling Photographer Weaves Together the Beauty of Nature Across the Globe

Never wanting to feel boxed in by one genre of photography, Canadian photographer Dave Brosha has built a portfolio with an impressive range of skills and creativity, mastering every type of photography he challenges himself with. From landscape to documentary to creative portraiture, every image …

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Arsenal Transfer News: Huge Nolito Boost Amid Barcelona Rumours

Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Celta Vigo frontman Nolito, as Barcelona have reportedly ended their interest in the Spaniard.<p>According to Lluis Miguelsanz of <i>Sport</i> (via <i>Metro</i>'s Will Giles) Barcelona are targeting younger, cheaper options as they seek a replacement for Pedro, …