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How to Capture the Perfect Photograph

As artists, we see the beauty in the everyday. It isn’t easy to portray that beauty in an image. Getting what we see in our mind’s eye into the final …

Landscape Photography

Can the Parking Boot Be Beat?

New York City recently enacted a program to start placing boots on the cars of drivers with outstanding tickets. Will it work?<p><i>Eric E Castro/Flickr</i><p>The icon of New York City traffic enforcement, the wheel clamp or "boot", is making a return, the <i>New York Times</i> reported yesterday. In an effort to …


Windows Phone 8 Reportedly Gained A Notification Center Before Losing It Again

When I buy gadgets off of eBay, I’m lucky if half of them haven’t previously been gnawed on by dogs. Meanwhile, this redditor who picked up a second-hand Nokia Lumia 920 from the auction site seems to have gotten much more than he bargained for — he’s been posting screenshots from the device for …

What the future of mobile keyboards will look like

<i>Parham Aarabi is a professor at the University of Toronto and CEO of ModiFace. We’ll be talking about mobile user experience and more at VentureBeat MobileBeat conference in San Francisco, Calif. July 9-10.</i><p>It’s the one thing that we do most on mobile devices that often is the most annoying: typing. …

Are Pricey A/V Cables Worth the Money?

You could drop hundreds of dollars just on the cables for your computing or home-theater setup, but will it really make a difference?<p><b>It's a common question:</b> Are expensive A/V cables really better than their cheaper, less hyped counterparts? While you can buy $16,400 speaker cables, they won't …


How to Escape a Submerged Car

The bridge collapse on Interstate 5 in Washington State is a wake-up call: Don't wait to learn how to escape a sinking car.<p><b>Last night's I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash.</b>, sent two vehicles and three passengers plunging into the Skagit River after a semi truck apparently sideswiped part of …

Mount Vernon

Why Cruise Control Stops Working

If your older car's cruise has quit on you all of the sudden, this might be why.<p>I have a '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the cruise control has completely stopped working. Any idea what the problem might be?<p>Cruise control has gone through so many different iterations over the years, it's almost …

Electrical Engineering

Take a Look Inside a Tiny Nuclear Reactor

This year Westinghouse will begin fuel tests for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR), a downsized system that puts out 225 megawatts.<p><b>On the tail of getting the go-ahead</b> from the federal government to build the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in over 30 years, Westinghouse is aiming small. This …

Nuclear Energy

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