Christopher Holley

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How a 17-year-old high school dropout got two Silicon Valley bigshots to invest $500,000 in his app

When he was 17, he dropped out of high-school (with his parents' blessing) after he co-founded a New York startup called HomeSwipe with two other co-founders. His business partners are Michael Lisovetsky, now 22 (whose tech career started in middle school) and Dean Soukeras, 43, an experienced …

Saudi Arabia is hedging its bets with solar power

Ali Al-Naimi's statement is striking as Saudi Arabia's wealth and influence is entirely founded on its huge oil wealth and the nation has been one of the strongest voices against climate change action at UN summits.<p>"In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we're not going …

Brilliant new bearing design spins with 10x less friction, doesn’t require grease

You might not realize it, but the world pretty much runs on ball bearings. They’re in everything — cars, jet engines, yo-yos, and all kinds of …

Prototypes

Tools: 6 Things to Know About Chopsticks

Here in the U.S., we love our sushi rolls, ramen, and carryout Chinese. This means, of course, that we’re pretty familiar with chopsticks—if not totally adept at using them. But beyond the knack they have for grasping just the right bite of tofu, or the satisfying “snap” a fresh wooden pair makes …

Food & Dining

Make Your Own Solar Power Generator

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using Photovoltaic’s (PV), or indirectly using Concentrated Solar Power …

Infographics

Installing a French Drain

Introduction: Installing a French Drain<p>If you live in a part of the world that receives a fair bit of rain, then you are probably pretty mindful of …

22 Sweet DIY Cards to Send Your Valentine

With e-cards, tweets and emails swiftly taking over the art of letter and card writing, what’s a crafter to do when Valentine’s Day rolls around? Well, you could go out and purchase a silly or snarky card at your local drugstore. Or, you could design, decorate and write your very own Valentines. …

DIY Recycled Seed Pots from Newspapers and Magazines

Are you one of those people who have a lot of old magazines in your home somewhere? In case you also are into growing stuff like herbs, garden …

Gardening

The RIGHT Way To Clean Mushrooms

There are many myths being told about mushrooms. To be fair, mushrooms are the most mysterious of ingredients that frequent the kitchen counter -- from the way they grow to the way they are best prepared. For many of us cooking with these fungi, it feels like we're working in the dark.<p>We're here to …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

Learn The Secret Trick To Cooking Salmon

All you need is a lot of wine and a little time.<p>Salmon takes a beating. Grillers often slap a salmon fillet on the grill, torch the holy heck out of it, and serve the fish adorned with the gnarly char. Roasters crank their ovens to 450°F and then sweat the salmon until the fillet relinquishes its …

Seafood

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

Cleaning

5 Apps That Android and iPhone Photographers Must Have

The technology inside our little smartphone cameras is pretty awesome. The reason why point-and-shoot cameras have become obsolete are due to these …

Mobile Photography

Chilly Winter Scenes From Europe and Asia

The winter solstice took place a week ago, and the short days and longer nights have recently brought wintry weather to parts of Europe and China. Ground cover coated with frost, new sleds on fresh snow, soccer matches in snowstorms, and preparations for an upcoming ice festival, all included in …

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Miley Cyrus takes heat for 'Free The Nipple' Instagram posts

Miley Cyrus is taking heat for her latest show of support for the Free The Nipple campaign to de-sexualize the female nipple.<p>First she posted a stylized, topless black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram alongside the caption “some lame ass def gonna (flag) that but f--k it. …

How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

Within just a few days, on Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens that live in more spacious quarters — almost twice as spacious, in fact, as the cages that have been the industry standard.<p>It's been a shock to the egg industry, and to grocery stores. Eggs are one of …

North Korea scrambles to stop The Interview reaching its borders

Task force has been set up inside hermit state to stop copies being smuggled in, as rumours abound as to who was actually behind the Sony hack<p>North Korea has set up a dedicated military team given the task of keeping The Interview away from the eyes of its citizens.<p>Pyongyang has been widely blamed …

This City Eliminated Poverty, And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It

<i>An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Manitoba. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided checks to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a livable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)</i><p>On a December afternoon, Frances Amy Richardson took a break from her quilting …

Kingsman: The Secret Service review – dapper laughs in thrillingly adolescent 007 pastiche

They say the clothes make the man, and these are some killer duds.<p>Colin Firth is both ludicrously British and modern-day Hollywood in Kingsman: The Secret Service, the wildly enjoyable new film from Matthew Vaughn. His Harry Hart muses on the importance of a bespoke suit one moment and dispatches a …

Samsung's new 'ring' speakers pipe sound in every direction

Samsung has tackled just about every kind of speaker you can imagine, but it hasn't had an answer to hot-selling 360-degree speakers like the UE Boom. Well, that changes today: the Korean firm has unveiled the WAM6500 and WAM7500, its first compact one-piece speakers to promise room-filling sound. …

Fantastic landscape photography makes Earth look like a magic dimension

Greg Boratyn captures landscapes with absolute perfection. The photo above, taken in Patagonia, Argentina, using multiple exposures while the rising …

Landscape Photography

13 One-Hour DIYs To Upgrade Your Home Office

If you've got an hour and a dull home office, these 13 projects will make a huge improvement.<p><b>1. Cork Trivet Pencil Holder</b><p><i>Design for Mankind</i><p>Keep losing your pens? This cork trivet DIY from Design for Mankind will keep your favorite pens and pencils front-and-center. You'll need a drill, but beyond …

21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know

If you are a new camera owner this guide will walk you through the most important settings, techniques and rules you should know.

Digital Photography

23 Of The Best New Photo and Video Apps Launched in 2014

The year 2014 saw a literal explosion of photo and video apps for iOS, Android and even for the desktop — many with their own unique niche or angle. Some are easy to learn and use while others focused on complex maneuvers best accomplished with a quality camera and a learning curve.<p>Here some of the …

2 Easy Ways to Capture Brilliant Starbursts in Your Photographs

Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to depict lights with a star effect along piers, boardwalks or a sunrise with trailing rays peering …

Landscape Photography

Why You Don't Need a lot of Money to Travel

<i>Note: Since I originally wrote this article, I have booked a flight from Dallas to Dubai for 300 bucks using a resource mentioned below.</i><p>I often hear people say the reason they don't travel as much as they would like is because "it's too expensive."<p>Hearing this gets me excited because:<p>A) Challenges …

Using Vintage Camera Lenses With Ease: 5 Simple Considerations

A while ago, I wrote an article on vintage lenses. I personally adore vintage lenses. But the reality is that they aren’t that easy to use. In fact, …