Alex Gurdila

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How to Add Depth and Drama to a Landscape Image in Lightroom

Half of creating a landscape image is in the editing process. This is where you shape the photo to match your personal style and to make whatever …

Tutorials

This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness

There’s a voice shouting. Takes a second before you realize it’s yours. You feel energized. Righteous. Driving every point home. It’s like the climax …

Mindfulness

New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

One of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical—and realizing its promise of virtually limitless and relatively clean energy—has been …

How to Take Better Landscape Photographs - 20 Tips

How do you make your landscape photographs stand out from the crowd?<p>You set up your tripod at some often photographed location. The scenery around …

Europe wants to build a village on the moon

The International Space Station, as amazing as it is, isn’t going to be around forever—or even for very long. Sometime in the 2020s, the program will come to an end. Europe has been thinking about where it will carry out space research after this date, and it’s aiming high. At the moon.<p>We’ve known …

Why Do Different People Need Different Amounts of Sleep?

Whether you're a morning or evening person could be guided by your genes.<p>How much sleep do we need? It's a fundamental question about a basic human function we've been practising for millennia, but there's still no simple answer. In recent years, scientific advances have suggested that it may in …

Photoshop Essentials: What is an Adjustment Layer and How to Use Them to Edit Your Images

Many of us who use products like Lightroom and Aperture will be familiar with the term non-destructive editing. In these programs, the editing …

How to Use Fill Light to Improve Your Portraits

As you advance in your photography know-how, a natural evolution will be your desire to light elements of your photographs in a way that you find …

Nasa's 2016 budget would make it illegal not to land on Europa

Nasa's plans to send humans back to the Moon and possibly even further have received a huge boost after the US Congress decided to fund the space …

Getting Started with Shutter Speed: A Beginner's Guide

In the pyramid of factors affecting exposure, one of the core elements is shutter speed. Each factor comes with its idiosyncracies and shutter speed …

The Magdala Stone May Be A Portal To Early Religion

The Magdala Stone, a stunning archaeological find from an excavated synagogue in Israel that dates back to the time of Jesus, sits at the intersection of Jewish and Christian history.<p>Since its 2009 discovery, the stone — a carved block decorated with symbols including a seven-branch menorah (rare …

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

<b>God, Santa Claus (Wikimedia/Milles Studio via Shutterstock)</b><p>Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Gary Gutting<p>November 29, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “What Philosophy Can Do”<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s …

10 Different Lighting Setups Using A single Light And A Single Softbox

Many times photographers think they are held back by lack of gear. However, having just one strobe and one softbox is more than you need to create so …

Photography

5 Good Reasons You Should Get the Latest Lightroom Upgrade

If you’re a photo-fanatic, there is a lot to keep up with. New camera models are being announced way too often, firmware updates, fancy new lenses …

How to Organize Your Photos with Lightroom So You Can Always Find Them Quickly

The introduction of Lightroom and Apple’s rival Aperture, heralded a new era in digital asset management for photographers. Initially aimed and …

Spacecraft Will Sniff Enceladus's Underground Ocean On Wednesday

Could alien life survive on Saturn's moon?<p>By some accounts, Enceladus is the number one place in our solar system to search for life. Sure, it looks icy on the outside, but it's what's on the inside that counts. And what's inside Enceladus is a liquid ocean that may contain more water than all of …

Astronomy

Beginners, Try These 4 Tips to Help You Shoot Like the Pros

There exists in society an unfortunate idea that gear is the chief distinction between a professional and an amateur photographer. Sure, there may be …

Earth to send final postcard to Voyager

Scientists rush to write final brief note to alien species before spacecraft carrying information about earth leaves the solar system<p>When the Voyager twin spacecrafts set out in the 1970s they took with them a snapshot of life on Earth in the hope that aliens might one day happen upon the probes …

The Pope wanted Hitler dead: The secret story of the Vatican’s war to kill the Nazi despot

History hasn’t looked kindly on the Catholic Church during WW II. The conventional narrative is not the whole story<p>At six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peter’s. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius …

Here's what it takes to be an astronaut

Chris Hadfield had wanted to be an astronaut for as long as he can remember - a dream that seemed out of reach for a young boy growing up on a corn farm in a country with no astronaut program. But he stuck to it. Hadfield spent his time learning mechanics on tractors and old cars, and later trained …

The world will come crashing down (again): Inside the global debt crisis that America is about to import

Trillions of dollars of investment in emerging markets has been fueled by cheap credit — and the bill’s coming due<p>Even as tens of millions of Americans continue to still struggle to recover from the Great Recession, there are signs that the roller coaster global economy is about to take us on …

5 Reasons To Shoot Your Landscape Images in RAW

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

From Bankruptcy to Travel Photography: A Raw and Real Story of Struggle and Triumph

“I couldn’t sleep last night knowing it was going live today,” he tells me. “The video is the most revealing thing I’ve ever shared.”<p>I reply the only …

First glimpse inside the Siberian cave that holds the key to man's origins

New revelations expected as Novosibirsk experts share latest ancient finds with world's leading specialists.

What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.<p>Take a look around the room – what do you see? All those colours, the walls, the windows – everything seems so self-evident, just so there. It's weird to …

Andromeda Galaxy

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left home with a trunk on his back. He was a skinny 18-year-old, with long, unkempt hair – a sort of proto-hippie – and although he generally preferred to go barefoot, on this occasion he wore strappy Jesus sandals. He travelled by steam train …

Mathematics