Alison Chan

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Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

Physics

These animals are helping to reveal the biological origins of rhythm

For Irena Schulz, one of those moments happened on an otherwise ordinary day in August, 2007.<p>Schulz lived in Schererville, Ind., where she managed a sanctuary for abandoned parrots.<p>A man named Dane Spudic came by with a young male Eleonora cockatoo called Snowball — a striking creature with …

Neuroscience

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Religion

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them?

Architecture and urban design are in the throes of a green fever dream: Everywhere you look there are plans for "sustainable" buildings, futuristic eco-cities, even vertical aquaponic farms in the sky, each promising to redeem the ecologically sinful modern city and bring its inhabitants back into …

Sustainability

Winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest

After months of receiving breathtaking landscape shots from photographers around the world, the winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have just been announced. From 2,604 entries submitted by 481 professionals and amateurs across the globe, judges selected …

An Exclusive Glimpse Into How Lomography Petzval Lenses are Made

Back in June, Lomography raised nearly $1 million on Kickstarter to launch its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens. It’s a lens that takes a classic …

What Photographers Can Learn From The Visual Styles of These 4 Famous Movie Directors.

Movies, just like photography, vary greatly in visual style depending upon the artist behind it. Movies and photography are different fields. They …

Quentin Tarantino

The Secret to Capturing Great Photos Anywhere You Are

Have you ever experienced this? You grab your camera and go take a stroll around your neighborhood or the local park; but, after about 45 minutes of …

Photography

5 Free Lightroom Resources all Photographers Should Know About

No matter your skill level or interest level in photography, there are scores of camera choices available to choose from; whether DSLR or mirrorless; …

Tutorials

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 …

Landscape Photography

If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

Your Lens’ Aperture Might Be Lying to You, Or: The Difference Between F Stops and T Stops

We all understand what an F stop is and how it’s a vital component in ensuring we have a properly exposed image, but have you ever heard of a T Stop? …

How to Avoid and Reduce Noise in Your Images

Tutorials

How Music Affects Your Productivity

Growth Strategies > Productivity<p>Next Article<p>Working Hard or Hardly Working? 5 Hacks to Get More Out of Your 8-Hour Day.<p>Next Article<p>Gregory Ciotti • Guest Writer<p>Marketing Strategist<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put …

Electronic Music

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn't it be great if there …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

12 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like …

Creativity

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Civil Vacuity

<b>Civil Vacuity</b><p>In many high-rise buildings, particularly for low-income families, insufficient resources are allotted to spaces that afford the development and maintenance of social networks. Lobbies, lounges and other small-group spaces are absent or located too far from residences or in public areas that afford insufficient residential control and feelings of ownership (e.g., public lobby entrance). Women in large, high-rise housing developments report more loneliness and diminished territorial …

Nikon's "Lens Only" Sales Are Live!

The new Nikon "<i>lens only</i>" rebates are now live - a total of 15 lenses are now up to $400 off, and the good news is that you don't have to buy a DSLR …

Cameras

Last Chance To Win The Ultimate Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Kit

We've teamed up with royalty free music leader Premiumbeat.com, to give away everything you need to capture beautiful video shots on-the-go. Enter to …

Videography

Why Gentrification Can Be A Good Thing

Gentrification doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Not when it’s done right.<p>For the socially conscious city dweller, gentrification is the buzzword of our times. It’s heralded by the upscale juice bar on the corner, a new yoga studio down the street, and the sight of a web journalist plunking out …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Filmmaker Creates a Time-Lapse Using 852 Instagram Photos Taken by Strangers

An Instagram ‘short film’ time-lapse has been making its way across the Internet recently, simultaneously demonstrating the creativity of the …

Infographic: Explore The World Of Literary London With This Exquisite Book Map

Literature takes over the city of London in this new map by Dorothy.<p>Mashing up the places, characters and events of various works into one shared universe isn’t exactly a new idea. Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton universe imagines that most of the great fictionalized characters of the last few …

Singapore's mid-life crisis as citizens find their voice

<b>When I was living in Singapore 13 years ago, the government was debating a decision that in other countries might have seemed rather trivial: whether or not to permit a version of Speakers' Corner, the spot in London's Hyde Park where individuals vent their opinions on whatever topic they choose to</b> …

Asia

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer's - Futurity

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a …

Alzheimer's Disease

DIY: How to Turn an Old Nikon D80 Into a Permanent IR Camera in Four Easy Steps

Here’s a DIY project for infrared photography enthusiasts who have a few hundred dollars and some time to spend this weekend. Instead of taking the …