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20 Qualities Every Photographer Should Look for in a Spouse

<b>A good driving record:</b><p>Guess who's going to do the driving on photo expeditions. That's right -- not the photographer. What's more, if you're like …

SmugMug Films Takes You Underwater to Watch Photographer Sarah Lee Work

In the latest installment of the SmugMug Films series, the site takes us behind the scenes with underwater photographer Sarah Lee as she does what …

Early Instructional Videos for Using a Rotary Phone

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a hilarious and adorable video of children reacting to rotary phones. Most of them, raised on iDevices, had no idea …

How To Avoid Traffic Jams

Because driving bumper-to-bumper totally sucks<p>Most gridlock strikes when the quick braking of one driver ripples rapidly down a string of cars. “There is no accident, there is no bottleneck—it is a phantom blockage,” says Berthold K. P. Horn, a computer scientist at MIT. Horn recently developed an …

Driverless Cars

Technology Company Using Fitness Trackers To Monitor Employees

Do you record your food or steps electronically? Your workplace might want to do the same.<p>All companies keep track of how well their employees are doing, but few do it to the extent that a company called The Outside View does.<p><i>The Guardian</i> reports that the U.K.-based technology company has been …

Big Pic: Lightning As Seen From The International Space Station

Nature's work vies with humans' city lights.<p>Zeus's work looks pretty impressive from this viewpoint, doesn't it? But humankind's city lights look just as fiery.<p>An International Space Station Expedition 38 crewmember took this photo of lightning over the Middle East in December 2013. Besides taking …

Space Exploration

Cold Days

• <b>Author:</b> Jim Butcher<p>After being murdered and then brought back to life, Harry Dresden soon realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard.<p>He is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first …