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Remember the artist who had his iPhone searched at the border? He’s now suing | Ars Technica

"The border doctrine does not say that the Constitution doesn't exist at the border."<p>A Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, a California artist, a …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Albert Einstein’s Most Famous Thought Experiments

Albert Einstein is widely considered one of the smartest people who ever lived, significantly impacting our understanding of the world around us. His …

Physics

Learn the Secrets of Edward Weston’s Iconic Images in This Rare Visit to the Photographer’s Home (VIDEO)

Born on March 24, 1886 Edward Weston went from being a salesman in the Midwest to becoming a bohemian California artist and revolutionizing the style …

Photography

Plotagraph Review

What is a Plotagraph?<p>Think of those moving Harry Potter photos… It’s also a new word, so you’re super-excused for not knowing it! It simply means a …

Graphics

Scientists discover "angel particle" that is its own antiparticle

Every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle, which has the same mass but the opposite charge. If a particle should ever meet its …

Physics

NASA Closes Chamber A Door to Commence Webb Telescope Testing

The vault-like, 40-ton door of Johnson Space Center's historic Chamber A sealed shut on July 11, 2017, signaling the beginning of about three months …

James Webb Space Telescope

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

Space Science

NASA spacecraft in humankind's closest encounter with Jupiter's great red storm

A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images on Tuesday from humanity's closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a …

Astronomy

NASA is sending its Pluto probe to a new target it barely knows. Here’s what it wants to find out.

NASA’s New Horizons mission captured stunning shots of Pluto and its moon Charon with a close flyby in July 2015. It got a new mission, made official …

Space Exploration

Learn How to Sharpen Your Photos Using Lightroom to Achieve Great Image Results (VIDEO)

It’s always important to refresh the basics of photo editing especially when it comes to a comprehensive and often confusing piece of imaging …

World's cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda

Who says solar panel installations can’t be adorable? The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is shaped like the country’s treasured animal – and the …

Renewable Energy

The hidden signs that can reveal a fake photo

A picture may say a thousand words, but what if the photograph has been fabricated? There are ways to spot a fake – you just have to look closely enough.<p>Take a look at the photograph below – it’s just an ordinary picture of two people outside a building, right? One of them appears to be handing …

Tutorials

Scientists Want You to Help Them Find Nearby Alien Planets Please

The Red Dots Campaign will target Ross 154, Barnard’s Star, and Proxima Centauri, three red dwarfs within ten light years of our solar system.<p>Hey, you: Want to help search for potentially habitable worlds around nearby alien suns? 'Course you do. Well, on Monday, the Pale Red Dot Campaign, the team …

Exoplanets

This mini turbine harvests energy from wind or water to charge your devices when you're off-grid

This portable turbine can harvest energy from wind or water to charge your devices when you're off-grid.<p>The turbine has a max output of 25W and needs to be in water travelling at 5mph or in wind travelling at 7mph to achieve that.<p>It is perfect for tech savvy campers who want to harvest renewable …

Off-grid

New Evidence Points to a Tenth Planet in Our Solar System

Planet Nine might have a friend!<p>The Solar System hasn't been the same since Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, and all bets have …

Citizen scientists uncover a cold new world near sun

A new citizen-science tool released earlier this year to help astronomers pinpoint new worlds lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system has …

Astronomy

How and why to register your video & photo equipment prior to US departure

Once I was expecting my bags, upon my return from a recent trip to Argentina, and I was ready to leave the terminal area at the Miami International …

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Filter That Removes Light Pollution

Light pollution is a common problem amongst nightscape photographers. Either it’s within a city or out in nature, it has the potential to make an …

Google's new sun map will tell you whether your roof needs a solar panel

Google has long stated its ambitions to run its global operations solely on renewable energy, and now it wants to lead by example. The company has updated its interactive Sunroof map that helps people estimate whether it makes sense to install a solar panel on their roof.<p>In a new blog post, the Big …

Clean Energy

Broncolor’s Free ‘How To’ Section is a Lighting Tutorial Gold Mine

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or even a professional, you’ll want to give Broncolor’s free “How To” page a look. There, …

Portrait Photography

Build a DIY garden you can bring on the road

You can take it with you on your adventures<p>There’s nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don’t have a backyard? Or you’re suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can’t get anyone to watch your plants?<p>Just whip up a portable container …

Gardening

Wet Mount Scanning: How to Get the Highest Quality Film Scans at Home

Getting high quality film scans usually means taking your film to a local lab or sending it to a not-so-local one if there’s not a lab nearby. But …

New Results From CERN Could Fill One of The Biggest Gaps in The Standard Model of Physics

How our Universe broke the rules of symmetry.<p>Of the many unanswered questions that stand in the way of the Standard Model of physics being able to …

Physics

Syrp Releases ‘Super Dark’ Variable ND Filter That Cuts 5-10 Stops of Light

Syrp is known for their incredible landscape photography and videography tools, helping us capture great imagery without worry. To accompany their …

Cameras

The Unsolvable Mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript

The word “ink” is a child of the Latin <i>incaustum</i>, which means “having been burned.” In the Middle Ages, people thought that ink burned its way into parchment, because iron-gall inks go onto the page pale, then darken. This is not what’s happening, physically, but it makes sense as a metaphor: a …

Mystery

Astronomers Have Discovered One of The Most Massive Objects in The Universe

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.<p>Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known …

Universe

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Physics

Time running out for current length of a second as optical clocks arrive in space

Time is running out for the current length of a second after an “optical clock” was sent into space for the first time.<p>Such clocks are up to 1,000 …