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Disappearance of Bolivia's No. 2 lake a harbinger

UNTAVI, Bolivia (AP) — Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.<p>Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not …

How to take amazing travel photos: 8 tips from a pro

I have many self-improvement goals, including “learn how to host an excellent dinner party” and “master intermediate plumbing.” I consider myself an advanced beginner, having repaired many running toilets and clogged drains.<p>Also on my list was the goal to improve my photography skills. But it …

A blistering report that claimed fracking was safe is now being disputed by its own scientists

An Environmental Protection Agency report released in June on the impacts of fracking on water quality is now being called into question — by none other than the agency's own scientists.<p>The report initially did not find "widespread, systemic impacts" on drinking water resources close to fracking …

19-year-old engineer from North Bend puts smarts to work around the world

Educating Alexander Anderson has been a family project.<p>His parents, Alex and Olga, recognized early on that their son was unusually gifted. For the …

Engineering

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Wallpaper of the Week by Nina Geometrieva

The wallpaper of this week is an image created by Nina Geometrieva a visual designer based in Singapore. Nina's work is simply amazing and this …

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Science Friday made this fascinating video about the Leidenfrost Effect, where water dropped on an extremely hot surface is …

Customer Service 101: 3 Ways to Build Loyalty Using Love, Not Lawyers | Inc.com

Enjoying that cup of coffee from the office Keurig brewer? Better brace yourself, as Green Mountain Coffee, which owns the brand, is about to change its technology in an attempt to block competitors.<p>Patents that kept others from offering those little cups of coffee beans expired in 2012. Once that …

Nikon launches "Behind the Scenes" series for photo enthusiasts

Nikon has launched a new instructional video series aimed at photography enthusiasts seeking insights and perspectives on how to use their cameras and other photo gear.<p>All videos in the Behind the Scenes series will be free to watch on Nikon’s YouTube channel and its brand new Google+ page, …

How Light, Aperture, Time and Sensitivity Affect Exposure

Most of the time when we discuss exposure we talk about it in very technical terms, using photography-specific jargon. There aren’t too many other …

Electric cars won't save the planet

Broader power reforms are the key to a brighter future<p>New research published in the <i>Environmental Science & Technology</i> journal this month has concluded that the widespread adoption of hybrid and all-electric vehicles wouldn't drastically reduce the emission of harmful gases in the United States. …

Award-winning photographer dumped for altering single Syria image

The Associated Press has severed ties with a Pulitzer prize-winning freelance photographer who it says violated its ethical standards by altering a photo he took while covering the war in Syria in 2013.<p>The news service said on Wednesday that Narciso Contreras recently told its editors that he …

Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Some years back, we featured the beautiful Lego Star Wars world that Finnish illustrator, designer and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki created with …

Reverse Lens Macro: How to use it as a Great Learning Tool

Hydrogen Car: Pros, Cons, Costs

Epoch Times is taking a look at each of the major options for green driving. Hydrogen cars are not currently sold commercially, but some will be …

Saving the art of conversation in the age of the smartphone

“I am going to be a little boring,” Sherry Turkle announces as we sit down to tea in the living room of her sprawling Boston townhouse. “And you’re going to be a little boring, too.”<p>Turkle, for the record, is not boring. She is a psychologist and a professor at MIT whose primary academic …

TED Talks

SD Cards Aren’t As Secure As We Think

The hardware hacker Bunnie Huang gave a talk at the Chaos Compute Club Congress where he offered some good news and some bad news. The good news? SD cards contain powerful, handy micro controllers that are useful to hackers and hobbyists. The bad news? SD cards are woefully insecure.<p>In a detailed …

Portraits Made Electric by Luminescent Neon Paint

Flecks of vivid neon paint glow brilliantly off faces and shoulders in this series of portraits by Portuguese photographer Hid Saib. At times, the glowing paint seems like the scattered embers of a fire or an explosive shower of sparks racing across the cheeks of the model. In other instances, the …

10 Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, and for many people a time to make New Year’s resolutions about …

Landscape Photography

The World Is Getting Warmer Faster Than Expected

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new report from the International Energy Agency says global temperatures will rise twice as fast …

'Quit Google, Facebook' suggests tech expert as surveillance scandal deepens

A best-selling author and technology expert has said that web users should boycott internet giants like Google and Facebook if it is confirmed they …

BarkBox Generates $1 Million Per Month, Wants To Become A $5 Billion Company In 5 Years

But the company is still growing and it retains 90-95% of its subscribers month over month. Last week, BarkBox surpassed 50,000 paying customers and at $19 per box, the company is generating $1 million per month. Its goal is to hit 100,000 subscribers, or a $23 million annual run rate, by …

The one thing that makes a company last forever

All companies hit rough patches from time to time. But only a few manage to survive decade after decade—some of them in a form that bears no resemblance to the original organization. Nokia began in 1865 as a riverside paper mill along the Tammerkoski Rapids in southwestern Finland. In the late …

Innovation