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World's first passenger drone cleared for testing in Nevada

The world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has been given clearance for testing in Nevada.<p>Chinese firm Ehang, which unveiled the electric Ehang 184 passenger drone at CES in Las Vegas in January, has partnered with the Nevada Institute for …

Drones

120,000-Piece Lego Model of the Titanic Breaking in Half Is Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Not since James Cameron put Leo and Kate on-screen in his disaster flick have we experienced so many feels for the Titanic tragedy. But Lego Jedi …

With Secret Hitler, Cards Against Humanity's co-working space becomes an idea machine

For those who aren't in the know within the tabletop game community, you may have missed the launch of a strangely titled card game on Kickstarter last week called Secret Hitler. Designed to be a World War II-themed deduction game similar in ways to Werewolf and Mafia, Secret Hitler is the latest …

Board Games

The Superresolution Trick – How to Quadruple the Resolution of Your Camera

Have you ever dreamed of shooting with a megapixel monster camera and get images upwards of 50 Megapixel? Of course, these cameras are really …

Tutorials

Photographer Creates Detailed Miniature Worlds with LEGO Characters and Life-Size Objects

French artist Samsofy started out by photographing extreme sports in urban areas, but has recently focused his camera on smaller subjects. Using geek culture as inspiration, the imaginative photographer places LEGO characters next to real scenery and life-size objects, creating a world where these …

Lego

How Your Camera Gets in the Way of Creating Great Photos

I am the kind of person who loves nothing more than to read a new camera manual back to front. When the Canon 5d MK3 came out the manual was over 200 …

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

Solo is a ‘Smart’ Camera Drone with Computer-Aided Flight and Picture Taking

The camera drone continues to heat up. Just days after industry heavyweight DJI announced its new Phantom 3 camera drone, 3D Robotics has unveiled …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Literature

How to Capture Stunning Star Trail Photos in Light Polluted Places

I’ve always found photos of star trails — the arcs the stars paint across the sky as the earth turns — fascinating. They’re one of the things that we …

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

Photography

Quick Tip: Head Swap in Under 2 Minutes

Lets set up the scene. You have a 55 member family shoot. You loose count the ratio of kids to adults but all you know is that the kids out number …

Some Mysteries are More Mysterious than Others

Randall Munroe of xkcd <b>fashioned a scatterplot graph</b> to compare mysteries in both their overall weirdness and their explainability. However, people …

5 Underused Lightroom Tools That You Should Use More Often

Adobe’s Lightroom has become one of the best editing and image management options for enthusiast and professional photographers alike. In its most …

4 Tips to Help You Get the Perfect Exposure in Your Photographs

In photography, light is everything. However, the most important element thing to remember is the amount of light that should be utilized in creating …

Landscape Photography

The Do’s and Don’ts of Photoshopping Wings Into a Surreal Portrait

Ok, let’s just be honest for a second here: <i>everyone</i> and <i>everything</i> in the world looks drastically cooler with wings. Period. It’s just the way it …

Watch an amazing, R-rated Power Rangers 'deboot' starring Dawson and Starbuck (Update)

<b>Second Update:</b> It's back! The video was reposted to Vimeo with one new addition. “They put these disclaimers on so kids so don’t confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand," director Joseph Kahn told Deadline. "There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it …

Carrying a portable movie theater in your backpack is amazing

I've been spending my evenings in an empty movie theater.<p>It's a strange experience to look around, see that you have the room completely to yourself and stretch out to really enjoy the space. No one complains when you kick their seat. You can talk if you want. I don't worry about people getting …

LightBox Photography Cards Provide a Deck Full of Photo Inspiration and Challenges

Photographer Paul Michael Kane has created a clever new product that’s designed to inspire and encourage photographers in their creativity and …

The Insane Hanging Bridges That Time Forgot

In retrospect, history's march into the future looks like a smooth catenary arch towards the present. But some technologies don't make it. Sometimes, …

36 Unconventional Wedding Rings for Men

<i>Black Cherry Wood Burl with Turquoise Inlay</i><p>From deer antlers to meteorite to copper, this collection of 36 wedding rings for men is full of unique …

Out Now: 'Exiles', 'Radiation Island', 'Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered', 'Playworld Superheroes', 'Active Soccer 2', 'Destructamundo', 'Pro Pinball' and More

It's either Wednesday night or sometime during Thursday wherever you're at in the world, and there is an avalanche of new iOS games that have been …

Gameplay

100 games to look forward to in 2015

Which games will you be playing in 2015?<p>As the year begins, Polygon has picked out a selection of games coming in the next 12 months. We've tried to choose games that are either due this year, or seem likely to arrive. We've focused on a selection of noteworthy console and Windows PC games, though …

How to Use Your Fancy New Camera Like a Pro

Congratulations, you just scored an awesome new camera. Welcome to our annual guide to getting started with your new tool.<p>Whether you're shooting on …

How I Created This Viral Puddle Reflection Picture in Photoshop

My name is Michael Pistono, and I’m a 28-year-old photo enthusiast living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was recently playing around with a reflection photo …

2014 in review: The year in early access

Steam’s Early Access program launched in March of 2013. That makes this the first full year the industry has lived alongside a formal early access program.<p>The reward for gamers is a year positively bristling with new, exciting game experiences that may not have existed if early access wasn’t …

35 Features for Your Dream Home When You Strike it Rich

s-media-cache-ec7.pinimg.com<p><i>Home theater/swimming pool combo | Source: s-media-cache-ec7.pinimg.com</i>You win a ridiculously high amount of dough in the …

The Best Easter Eggs On The Internet

I have a lot of sympathy for web designers and programmers. Although they slave away to create incredible software used by millions (or, at least, …

6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. …

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story

It's official — the popular podcast <i>Serial</i> has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.<p>This …