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This 52 Week Challenge will Improve Your Photography Skills in 2018

If you’re looking to improve your photography skills in 2018, doing a year-long photo challenge is a great way to stay motivated with ideas and …

Lightroom Tips: A Unique Way to Edit Landscape and Sunset Photos for Enhanced Color Complexity (VIDEO)

Sunsets and many afternoon landscape scenes are usually resplendent in soft warm colors, and a typical approach to editing such images is to enhance …

Here’s a Trick for Removing Noise in Photoshop While Keeping Details

Want to remove noise in a high ISO photo while preserving the details and textures in your shot? Here’s a simple photography and Photoshop technique …

Tutorials

Testing Out an Insane Photoshop Hack to Get Rid of Tourists

On January 16, Reddit user OmerRAnderson posted a tip from Imgur about how to delete the pesky tourists from travel photos. According to the …

Macro Photography — The Complete Guide

The ultimate video guide to macro photography.<p>Macro photography is an exciting area of photography and is accessible to all photographers. There is …

Macro Photography

These 11 Cars Are Worth Millions of Dollars—And They're Going Up for Auction

Start saving.<p>Later this month, car collectors will descend on Scottsdale, Arizona, for an annual week of auto auctions. Gooding & Company, which has participated the past eight years, is hosting especially high-end sales on January 29 and 30. Two coachbuilt Ferraris, a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S …

Finally, Most Young Americans Now Accept Evolution Over Creationism

Creationism is nothing short of an anti-scientific superstition, but right-wing evangelicals in the U.S. have been pushing for it to be taught in …

8 Best Places for Scotch Whisky in NYC

Though New York is undeniably a melting pot of many cultures, we often neglect to recognize the wide availability of fantastic British food and drink …

3 Easy Fall Scotch Cocktails

There are some purists out there who see Scotch cocktails as sacrilege—claiming that Scotch should always be served neat, or, at most, with a little …

When to Use Graduated ND Filters

One of the trickiest aspects of natural light photography is balancing highlights and shadows. Waiting for the clouds to cooperate is difficult, and …

A Simple Secret to Better Street Photography

What separates ‘standard’ street photography—the kind of photo that only holds your attention for a moment before, poof, you’re on to the next …

Next Level Techniques for Advanced Beginners

You’ve been bitten by the photography bug – it’s not an actual insect, but you know what I mean. After the salesman pried that hard-earned money from …

Did you solve it? Professor Povey's perplexing problem

Earlier today I set you this puzzle:<p><b>The coin and the chessboard</b><p><i>A coin of diameter 1 is thrown on an infinitely large chessboard with squares of side 2.</i><i>What is the chance that the coin lands on a position touching both black and white?</i><p>To solve this consider the possible positions of a coin that …

Puzzles

Google Wants To Speed Up Your Internet With OnHub Wi-Fi Router

A router equipped for the future of the web<p>Google—aside from being a portal to the entire internet—is also becoming an internet provider from land and air.<p>Now the company is extending that strategy to hardware. With OnHub, a Wi-Fi router designed to be placed on a table or countertop in the center …

Scientific publishing: how have changes over the last 50 years affected scientists?

Taking stock of individual careers in science helps us reflect on how practices have changed over time. That was the purpose of a recent oral history event at the Royal Society, involving four senior scientists who began their careers in the 1960s and 1970s. Rather than simply reminiscing, they …

Humanities

Use CamelCamelCamel to Hunt for the Best Camera Gear Prices on Amazon

One of the tricky things about online shopping is the price fluctuation that happens for products. The price you see today may not be around when you …

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

Satellite Data Show The Earth Is Getting Greener

Maybe there's a little hope?<p>It isn't often that environmental scientists get good news. But a new study in <i>Nature Climate Change</i> found that for the past few years, the earth has been getting a little bit greener, accumulating an additional 4 billion* tons of biomass (vegetation) between 2003 and …

Your Next Car's Touchscreen Might Use Infrared Lights

You'll have to not see it to believe it<p>The technology that inhabits our car dashboards is generally less impressive than what we carry around in our pockets these days, but there's hope. Both Google and Apple are making plays to up the software in our automobiles, and now auto-part maker …

Multi-Touch

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew

Your sad, old camera will start to treat you better if you learn to take care of it.Every time I go to my nephews’ soccer games and see all the …

Bugatti Debuts Veyron Black Bess Legends Edition at Beijing

Bugatti brings “Black Bess” back from the abyss for Beijing (say that 10 times fast). Who’s Black Bess? A 100-year-old Bugatti Type 18 roadster—one of seven built—owned by French aviator Roland Garros and powered by a 100-PS inline four-cylinder said to be capable of achieving speeds of over 100 …

Missouri shoots drivers with LRAD sound cannons to encourage safer driving

Fighting tragedy with idiocy.<p>As someone who has lived in Missouri for several years, I can tell you firsthand that drivers here <i>cannot</i> seem to negotiate construction areas. It's a tragic phenomenon, responsible for some 533 work-zone accidents during 2012 in the St. Louis region alone. Daryl …

Aston to show $99k V8 Vantage GT, special editions in NY [w/video]

Aston Martin has never been touted for the affordability of its cars, but with its new V8 Vantage GT, it's at least taking a stab at the concept. Priced at $99,900, the company probably feels like it's giving them away.<p>Aston Martin says its Vantage GT is inspired by its long history in motorsports. …

Five wonder materials that could change the world

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with materials to the moment he was stabbed in the back with a razor while ambling to school one day.<p>The remark is spot on. Over the …

This Sun-Powered Furnace Can Reach 3,000 Degrees

Scientists in America's industrial heartland are making automotive metals and fuel in sunshine-powered furnaces.<p>The gargantuan, century-old U.S. Steel mills of Gary, Indiana, fueled the rise of smokestack America in the 20th century, their blast furnaces forging heavy metal for millions of …