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30 Lessons Leonardo da Vinci Has Taught Me About Photography, Art, and Life

Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate ‘autodictat’ (someone who taught himself everything).<p>Download<p>To read this on the go, you can download the files …

Would you take a new £1,300 DNA test that could save your life?

On a wet Wednesday morning I’m reading a glossy, A3-sized health report that promises to unpack the secrets of my DNA. It informs me that I’m twice as likely to get heart disease as the average person. How cheery: I’m in my mid-30s and have so far had a reasonably clean bill of health, so seeing …

Molecular Biology

Which foods can improve your gut bacteria?

<b>Can what you eat change the bacteria in your gut for the better? Dr Michael Mosley has been finding out which foods and drinks can make the most difference.</b><p>The gut microbiome - the diverse community of bacteria that inhabits our intestines - is a hot topic in science right now.<p>Almost every day we …

Wellness

Complete Lightroom and Photoshop Portrait Retouching Tutorial

Most online photography tutorials focus on one thing—how to sharpen better or how to retouch shiny skin, for example. This video goes way beyond …

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Will Be Archived in Harvard's Library

Along with 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,' 'The Low End Theory,' and Nas' 'Illmatic.'<p>As the legacy of Kendrick's tangled <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i> continues to unfurl in the face of the turbulent America it was birthed into, it seems the campaign to (deservedly) place it in the halls of the hip-hop …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How to Use Natural Light for Portrait Photography

The single most essential tool for any photographer is light. A good photographer constantly searches for the light that best illustrates a scene or …

Landscape Photography

9 Stunning Architecture Photos That Will Make You Want to See the World

When I think about traveling, my mind wanders to two very different places.I think of the beach. I also think about old, ancient buildings.I’m not …

Landscape Photography

A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants

Two infants diagnosed with an aggressive and previously incurable form of leukemia are now in remission, after British doctors say they cured the …

28 books to read in 2017

We're only in the first month of the new year, but this much is already clear: There are a lot of good books coming our way. From nonfiction that …

3 simple ways to backlight your model and make your portraits pop

When creating studio portraits, it’s good to make the subject stand out from the background. Most photographers know this, but many still make the …

This Simple One Light Overhead Setup Makes for Dramatic Portraits

We’re crazy about great one-light portraits, and fashion and portrait photographer Jeff Rojas is an expert at creating and honing these minimalist …

These Are the Jaw-Dropping Winners of the 2016 Monochrome Awards Photography Contest

These stunning images are among the winners of the 2016 Monochrome Awards, an international competition that celebrates the best black-and-white …

President Obama talked about what books mean to him, and as usual he only has wise words

Part of the reason we’re going to miss Barak Obama as President isn’t only because of what he’s achieved in office, but because the man, like us, is …

Researchers genetically engineer Salmonella to eat brain tumors

Salmonella has earned its bad reputation. It is responsible for more than a million cases of food poisoning every year, of which nearly 400 people die. But a team of researchers from Duke University have recently engineered the bacteria to not attack the human gastrointestinal tract, but rather the …

Why a Single Run Makes You Smarter

And other low-impact ways to enhance your brain.<p>If only getting smarter worked the way it does for the robots on <i>Westworld</i>—a few taps on a tablet, and boom, instant IQ points. Until then, we still have to hack our brains using more old-fashioned tactics. And while the results are less dramatic—you …

The Brain

'I fell out of bed laughing': writers on their favourite funny book

<b>At Freddie’s</b> <b>by</b> <b>Penelope Fitzgerald</b><p><b>Chosen by David Nicholls</b><p>So many of my early reading memories involve hysterical laughter. There was Adrian Mole, of course, and Douglas Adams’s <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, the Monty Python books, Woody Allen’s <i>Without Feathers</i>, Geoffrey Willans’s <i>How to Be</i> …

Books

How Gene Editing Could Ruin Human Evolution

In the 1960s, Thomas Kuhn suggested that scientific ideas undergo fits of revolution, challenging the foundation of establishment science. But it was …

Genetics

Why the Patent Battle Over CRISPR Matters (and Why It Doesn’t)

By the time a panel of judges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gets around to deciding who owns the biggest biotechnology innovation of the …

Genetics
Genetics

50 Stunning Photos to Inspire Your Wedding Pictures

From unexpected angles to breathtaking landscapes...<p>Getting the right wedding photos can often be a gamble, but you can get the perfect shots with the right inspiration. Renowned wedding photographers Mike and Shari Valley of Shari + Mike, Ben and Erin Chrisman of Chrisman Studios, and Benj Haisch …

Weddings
Photography

Book Releases 2017: 11 New Titles To Look Forward To In The New Year

Reading fanatics rejoice! A new year brings another 365 days to indulge in literature. Whether you are all about science fiction or want full-fledged …

24 Books Becoming Movies this Year

Be prepared. And smug.<p>If you're anything like us, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. This year, as usual, Hollywood is adapting a slew of books—fiction and nonfiction—into films. If you want to prepare yourself for these literary movies, look no further: We've compiled a …

Lighting Diagram Sketches That Reveal the Recipes Behind Photos

When photographer Paul Schlemmer started out in photography in his late teens, he spent the first four years studying the subject of light. As he …

Photography

Genetic researchers discover 'stop' button for CRISPR gene editing tool

This development may mark a major step forward for genetic engineering.<p>Researchers have discovered a technique that could block the effects of a …

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

New York Times

The Best R&B Albums Of 2016

<i>Editor’s note: The point of more extensive genre lists is to help give shine to albums that wouldn’t make it into the overall best albums list. So, despite the rap-specific list — where ranking is still next to godliness — we’ve opted to leave the albums that appeared on the overall best list off</i> …

Tory Lanez

How to Get Better at Photography - and stick with it forever

I think you can look around at a lot of the content based around photography on the internet and extract a theme: People want to be better …

The UN Just Gave Scientists the Green Light to Mess With Natural Selection

Of all the potentially apocalyptic technologies scientists have come up with in recent years, the gene drive is easily one of the most terrifying. A …

The best books we read in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, the Vox staff is once again sharing the best books we’ve read over the past 12 months. Some of them were published a long time ago, others just earlier this year. They all have one thing in common: In a year with countless news stories, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and …

Books