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LA to Pay $50K to Detained Photographers and Teach Deputies That Photography is Not a Crime

Los Angeles has agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement to three photographers after they were detained by LA County Sheriffs while taking pictures in …

Gary Fong Launches Online Virtual Cameras to Help Owners Learn Interactively

You may know Gary Fong due to his eponymous line of products for photographers, but pay a visit to his website and you’ll find that he has been very …

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.<p>It’s a well-worn sociological truth that the neighborhoods in which we live can have a powerful effect on our lives. But how do our neighborhoods affect our overall happiness and well being? And what might they reflect about our …

Psychology

Dawn Wall's Underdog Climber Recounts His Push to Catch Up

Kevin Jorgeson, lagging behind his partner, made an eight-foot leap of faith to finish the toughest part of his historic climb.<p><i>Editor's Note: Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have completed their ascent of Yosemite's Dawn Wall. See photos of the moment they reached the top.</i><p>Kevin Jorgeson …

El Capitan in #Yosemite #NationalPark (#California) glows at sunset. This effect is known as #alpenglow, and it commonly occurs @YosemiteNPS during the winter months. iPhone photo by Kari Cobb. #nofilter

11 Unexpected Uses For Coffee Filters

These inexpensive staples can do a lot more than make coffee.<p><i>Marcus Guhl / Getty</i><p><b>1. Protect delicate dishes and cookware</b><p>Use a flattened coffee filter to separate stacked plates or cooking pans in your cupboard. This way, your finest china will be protected from errant scratches or nicks while …

BlackRock exec loses career for dodging fares

He saved about $20 a day. And it cost him a career in finance.<p>A former managing director at BlackRock has been banned from the industry for life by U.K. regulators. His crime: dodging rail fares on his commute to work.<p>Jonathan Burrows was caught without a ticket at a station in the heart of …

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

Blake Lively's Chic Mom-to-Be Style

From colorful statement coats to feminine dresses, click through for the best of Blake Lively's pregnancy style.<p>While expecting her first child, James, Blake Lively proved she could still master street style as a first-time mom-to-be. Now on her second pregnancy, the actress continues her chic …

Review: 'Plot for Peace' unveils an unsung anti-apartheid hero

The documentary "Plot for Peace" reveals Jean-Yves Ollivier as an unsung hero who helped to engineer the demise of South African apartheid.<p>Born in Algeria to a French family, Ollivier witnessed the Algerian War as a teen. His family was among the 1 million displaced when Algeria won its …

South Africa

10 Years of Performa

What does paradise look like? If you are Performa, the groundbreaking organization founded by RoseLee Goldberg and devoted to live performance artwork, it looks something like a Renaissance-themed party celebrating the achievements of female artists. Such was Paradiso, Performa’s fall gala, …

My Advice to the Guy Who Wrote ‘Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers’

Dear Mr. Kim,<p>I read a blog post of yours titled “Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers” reposted on PetaPixel.<p>It’s filled with lots of exciting …

The Storyteller’s Kit: The Gear You Need to Tell Stories with Your Photography

Gear does not make the photographer, allow me to state that for the record before we dive in here. A talented artist can make an image with whatever …

In the Heart of Intimacy: 30 Photographers - Photographs courtesy of Paris Mois de la Photo | LensCulture

<i>Intimacy is one of three central themes of the 2014 Paris Month of Photography. Thirty photographers who focus on intimacy are exhibited at venues throughout the city. Here is a preview, with an introduction by curator</i> <i>Jean-Louis Pinte.</i><p>We live in an age where images are everywhere, and where they …

Track Down

Idris Elba Is Sick Of Marvel Films – ‘This Is Torture’

Robo covered, this past weekend, how Idris Elba dropped a few spoilers about <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> in an interview with The Telegraph. But there’s a tad little bit in the interview that maybe some people are overlooking: IDRIS ELBA IS SICK OF THIS SH*T!<p>Apparently, the experience of playing someone …

Sophia Loren Talks Jayne Mansfield’s Boobs And That Infamous Side-Eye

Okay, so we don’t have the rights to the picture in question, which I hate, but I guarantee you’ve seen it. It’s one of the most famous celebrity candids ever taken. It happened at the same Beverly Hills party in 1957 as the one above, which was meant to be the coming out party for Italian actress …

Kirk Cameron: Christians Invented Halloween To Mock The Devil (And Obama)

Fundamentalists seem to have conflicting feelings about Halloween – wanting to take credit for what they see as the Christmas Eve for All Saints’ Day, a religious holiday, while simultaneously distancing themselves from possible Satanism and the gays’ favorite holiday (not to mention open season …

This Week In Netflix And Streaming: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, ‘Neighbors’, and Bronies!

I hate that “All About that Bass” song. First off, booty was never out of style. If anything, it’s breasts that don’t get enough attention, and don’t give me that horrible pinko NFL. Ridiculous. Anyhow, Rocktober is almost over, which will lead us to straight into Movember, the month where you’re …

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

First-ever image of 5th order rainbow!

The fabled quinary or 5th order rainbow is made by sunlight reflected five times inside raindrops. Now, for the first time, we have an image of …

‘Interstellar’ Will Explode Your Bladder And Melt Your Eyeballs

If you asked me what the ideal movie length is, I’d probably say 80 minutes. And yet some of my favorites are much longer. <i>Goodfellas</i> is two hours and 28 minutes. <i>Pulp Fiction is</i> two hours and 48 minutes. <i>Braveheart,</i> three hours and two minutes. I guess what I’m saying is, you can pull off a long …

Android Malware Holds Your Photos, Videos for Ransom

A new type of malware found on Android devices can take your mobile photos, videos and documents hostage and hold them for ransom.<p>According to <i>Ars</i> …

Storm Chasing Photographer Captures the Terrible Damage Done by Insane Hail Storm

One week ago today, on June 3rd, a massive storm rolled through Nebraska where storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead — whose work we’ve …

PICTURED: Lion and crocodiles do battle for dead hippo

The dramatic pictures, taken at the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya, show the brave lion approaching cro-infested water to try and claim the dead hippo …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Forests

File Under: Actually I Might Use That

<i>A man and his bucket</i><p>Sometimes when you love two things very much it's easy to delude yourself into imagining an ideal pairing where you can enjoy …

New wave: 24 photographers changing the way the world sees Russia

A new generation of photographers is emerging with a vision and an aesthetic that offers a fresh take on classic questions about Russian identity, says Anastasiia Fedorova for The Calvert Journal

Ebola Virus Continues to Ravage Guinea and Liberia

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>West Africa is seeing its worst Ebola outbreak since 2005, and it is every bit as terrifying as you …

China dismisses UN report on N Korea 'crimes'

China has dismissed a UN report alleging that North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, raising fears among human rights activists that it will shield its ally Pyongyang from international prosecution.<p>Chen Chuandong, a member of China's mission in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council …

‘Smoking Gun’ Reveals How the Inflationary Big Bang Happened

New findings show that the universe underwent a burst of inflation that was seemingly faster than the speed of light in the first instant of its existence, throwing off a storm of exotic gravitational waves in the process.<p>The evidence comes from the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole, which …

Physics