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Fine Art Photography: Our 12 Favorite Photos from the Fine Art Assignment

Fine art photography is a broad category of imagery that can include landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide angles, long exposures, abstracts, …

Photography

Interview: Photographer Spends 15 Years Capturing Images of People Surrounded by Their Belongings

For the past 15 years, Japanese artist Mami Kiyoshi has been carrying out her unique project <i>New Reading Portraits</i>. By asking people to pose with their belongings, she creates an intimate view into their world. As her models expose themselves to the camera through their physical possessions, they …

Tallest wooden tower in the U.S. gets green light

The country’s new age of timber construction is here<p>Timber construction is a hot new (and old) trend promising sustainable, affordable buildings without sacrificing beauty or strength. While the movement started in Europe, it’s fast spreading to the U.S.<p>Just last week, the country’s most ambitious …

Are Kengo Kuma's buildings futuristic or natural?

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's designs explore the relationship between nature and architecture.

Architecture

From crushed bugs to cow urine: the history of colours – in pictures

A new exhibition in Melbourne curated by paint-maker David Coles tracks the history of over 200 pigments – some deadly, some revolting, and some so rare and expensive they are no longer in circulation. The exhibition also features the strange world of modern colours – those that can only be seen …

Art

All aboard! Zaha Hadid-designed train station opens for business

Initially proposed back in 2003, the Napoli Afragola train station was recently inaugurated by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and became …

Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO: The Exposure Triangle Explained

Ask any beginner photographer - and plenty of experienced ones, too - what the most difficult aspect of understanding photography is, and I'm willing …

Shutter Speed

Zaha Hadid: Who was the pioneering architect and what were her most impressive buildings?

Dame Zaha Hadid was a pioneering architect who rethought the way buildings are shaped. From an arts centre with no straight lines to a museum atop five stilts, she toyed with traditional forms in her postmodern designs.<p>Hadid died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year with many projects left …

Architecture

This smart bra can tell when you're getting stressed

When Cindy Wu was a student at The University of British Columbia, she began to suffer from depression. One thing that helped improve her health was …

Simplifying posing for beginners: How to build/tweak poses

Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world

This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. …

23 Photos of Adorable Animal Brothers & Sisters

Babies and animals can be tricky subjects to photograph, so imagine the challenge of photographing baby animals. We have to hand it to the wildlife …

Cute

Evolution is Not What We Thought

The things we thought we understood about Europeans are coming unstuck as we examine the genes of more ancient people.<p>The Rock of Gibraltar appears out of the plane window as an immense limestone monolith sharply rearing up from the base of Spain into the Mediterranean. One of the ancient Pillars …

Neuroscience research reveals a simple daily ritual that can make you happier

Actually, I'm wrong…<p>The research says we're really big on touching — our phones, that is. People touch their phones 85 times a day.<p>But how many times a day do you touch <i>someone else</i>? Probably not nearly as often. That's kinda messed up, don't ya think?<p>You need to touch people more. It will improve …

Thousands of Americans to stage anti-bigotry rally

<b>Washington DC</b> - A group of American Muslims, joined by interfaith leaders, have launched an initiative to get thousands of Americans to take part in a march in Washington DC on July 23, in what they call a stand against bigotry, "extremism", and gun violence.<p>The American Muslim March will take …

Religion

Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory.<p>Tayseer Habash, a 63-year-old Palestinian from the Nablus area, died on Friday due to excessive tear gas inhalation, according to …

Israel

Invasive Social Media Technology Is Everywhere and No One Seems to Care

Excessive porn has desensitized us to graphic sex, and the 24-hour news cycles has numbed us to graphic trauma. But has internet culture, from face swaps to Pepe the Frog, made surrealism normal?<p>On Wednesday, in a now clearly ill-advised move, Snapchat updated its ever-changing run of in-app …

Social Media

Imaginative Photographer Takes His "Gigantic" Dog on Extraordinary Adventures

Photographer Christopher Cline and his Goldendoodle Juji (pronounced Joo-ji) are a match made in Photoshop heaven. After moving from Virginia to Minnesota a few years ago, the artist was feeling homesick and "sliding into a sad place in life." Then, his girlfriend Christine brought home Juji. "I …

From houseboats to flatpack homes – alternative housing in pictures

With so few affordable homes on the market, alternative housing is becoming more appealing in the UK. Here are some of the most popular examples

Housing

Elite U.S. troops fear PMS? A deeper look at the Special Operations gender study

As the U.S. military moves forward with integrating women in elite combat units, there is still a fair amount of opposition. That remains clear, based on a study newly released by the Pentagon following Defense Ashton B. Carter’s decision this month to begin full gender integration by no later than …

Military

Photo of the Day: Best of 2015

Nature

Malala Shuts Down Donald Trump In The Most Elegant Way Possible

"The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create."<p>Malala Yousafzai offered up a reality check for Donald Trump and any other politician attacking the entire Muslim faith.<p>"The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create," …

CNN debate derails after Jeb Bush accuses Donald Trump of getting his foreign policy from cartoon shows

The derailment began when a CNN moderator asked Bush why he felt Trump wasn't qualified to be commander-in-chief.<p>Bush responded by pointing to Trump once quipping that he got foreign-policy information from "the shows." The former governor suggested that Trump was actually watching cartoons.<p>"I …

Photos Taken 100 Years Ago Capture Rare Look at Paris in Color

Over 100 years ago, a French banker named Albert Kahn undertook a massive photography project that became known as <i>The Archives of the Planet</i>. Sending photographers to every continent, Kahn aimed to collect colour snapshots from all corners of the Earth using a brand new technology known as the …

France

The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

The human rights experts concluded that the country falls far behind most others.<p>A delegation of human rights experts from Poland, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica spent 10 days this month touring the United States so they can prepare a report on the nation's overall treatment of women. The three …

Human Rights

Typewriter portraiture, the strange story of 1920s ASCII art

In 1919, a 16-year old <i>LA Times</i> office boy named Kenneth Taylor was given a back-page spread to show off his typewriter portraits of film stars; …

It was once socially acceptable and surprisingly affordable to send children by parcel post

Between 1913 and 1920, many Americans sent their children around the country by mail. Provided your child weighed less than 50 lbs, you could simply …

Jesse Jackson speaks out against Islamophobia

<b>Chicago, United States -</b> Reverend Jesse Jackson stood with hundreds of American Muslims at a suburban Chicago mosque on Friday, to protest against suggestions made by some politicians that they should carry special government-issued identification cards. The demonstrators also made the case that …

North Africa

Essay: Why I will not apologise for ISIL | Middle East

With rare exception, Muslims appearing on mainstream Western news outlets are asked, in some way, to apologise for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). At a minimum, they are expected to denounce and condemn the terrorist attacks in Paris - but not the one in Beirut the day before, …

Rhode Island