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A Beginner's Guide to White Balance

Getting your first serious camera is an exciting moment. So much to learn, so many buttons and dials to understand, complex menu systems to decipher, …

Cameras

Comet Probe Finds Elements Of Life

The Rosetta spacecraft has discovered all the elements of life in the gases jetting from a comet as it approaches the Sun.<p>The ingredients that make up amino acids, life’s building blocks, are all contained in the tail of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). Among them are methane, …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of water, drank it, then sat back and waited for the drug to take effect. Huxley took the drug in his California home under the direct supervision of psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, to whom Huxley had …

PAX 2014: Mortal Kombat X’s Gross Fatalities Will Make You Squirm

Get ready for new moves, new fighting styles, and more gore than ever before.<p>I don’t consider myself the squeamish type, yet I couldn’t help but …

Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back

The 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, last of her kind, finds biologists dreaming of preventing or reversing extinctions.<p>A hundred years ago on Monday, a once-mighty species became extinct. At the Cincinnati Zoo, a passenger pigeon named Martha died at the age of 29.<p>People coming to the zoo …