Christopher Johnson

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With time ticking on hostages, Japan wants to communicate with ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japanese officials want to talk to ISIS. But can they get in touch with the militant group? And if they do, can they do anything to save the lives of two Japanese men being held hostage?<p>Time is running out: ISIS put out a video Tuesday giving the Japanese government 72 hours to pay $200 …

What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Serious Camera

The rise of cameraphones has had two significant effects on photography. First it has dramatically increased the number of images that we are taking …

Cameras

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy An Android Phone Over An iPhone

Why is the Rosetta comet landing so exciting?

“Excitement is rising and so is our nervousness,” said Hermann Boehnhardt, lead scientist on the Philae lander, which was released from its mothership Rosetta on Wednesday morning en route for its rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.<p>Shortly after 1600 GMT, having travelled more than six …

Rosetta spacecraft records eerie 'song' coming off comet

Scientists have picked up on the mysterious "song" of a comet speeding through deep space.<p>European Space Agency officials have used their Rosetta …

Philae Probe Transmits Data From Comet 317 Million Miles Away

DARMSTADT, Germany — After a suspense-packed, seven-hour descent, the European Space Agency's Philae lander made an unprecedented touchdown on the surface of a comet Wednesday — marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission.<p>Officials confirmed early Thursday that Philae was sending data …

Space

RHOA Premiere: Phaedra Parks 'Abandons' Husband on His Sentencing Day

Season 7 of <i>The Real Housewives of Atlanta</i> started where <i>The Real Housewives of New Jersey</i> ended – with some of its cast in legal trouble.<p>On its …

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

1,000+ Crowdsourced Instagram Photos Turned Into Timelapse Showing One Day in London

Here’s a neat video that combines the concept of the hyperlapse tour of a city with crowdsourced photography. Put together by filmmaker Lorenzo …

Famous Album Artwork Extends Beyond the Edges to Reveal Funny New Perspectives

If you ever wondered what existed beyond the edges of a music album cover, now's your chance to find out. For this series called <i>Album Covers–The Bigger Picture</i>, web design studio Aptitude was inspired by famous artwork from bands and musicians like Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, and Michael Jackson. Clever …

Former Android VP calls iPhone 6 'the most beautiful smartphone ever built'

Hugo Barra talks smartphones at WSJD Live<p>Hugo Barra was once the public face of Google's Android division, but today he sounds more impressed by Apple. Speaking at WSJD Live today, Barra — who is now vice president for international for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi — was effusive in his praise …

This Man Pretended To Be In A Coma For Two Years To Avoid Court

His "spine injury" left him in a "comatose state".<p>The Swansea 47-year-old – who claimed benefits for a "spine injury" that he claimed caused him seizures, leaving him in a "comatose state" – conned his pensioner neighbour out of £40,000 over two years and used the money to go on shopping trips and …

Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter's Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.<p>He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn't tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS.<p>She was …

How to add shallow depth of field in Photoshop

A shallow depth of field is a great way of separating your subject from the background and create that popular creamy soft background in your photos. …

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Why is “anti-Facebook” network Ello popping up on your social feeds now?

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Ello<p>On Facebook and Twitter today you may have heard chatter of a mysterious place called “Ello.” It’s not often that …

Is Ello the hip new Facebook?

Advert-free social network Ello has launched and is taking aim at the social media giants. Rhiannon Williams investigates whether it lives up to its own hype<p>Upon checking Facebook and Twitter today, you may have been witness to discussions about <b>Ello</b>. Ironically, these are the very sites giants …

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3 Girls Won The Google Science Fair With A Bacteria-Based Plan To Solve The Food Crisis

"By the year 2050 we actually need 50 percent more food just to feed everyone," Emer Hickey, one of the three winners, told Scientific American.<p>Hickey worked with her classmates Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy on their project. The three teenage girls, who live in Ireland, were simultaneously learning …

A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

White-Dominated Medical Studies Put U.S. Minorities At Risk

One scientist explains how using more diverse test subjects could save lives.<p>When medical research focuses on white people, things get missed, and people die.<p>That's the essence of a commentary published this week in <i>Nature.</i> Bioengineer Esteban Burchard from the University of California at San …

Clinical Trials

Which Pro Camera Do You Really Need to Shoot Like a Pro?

Let’s start with a little quiz. What one thing makes a pro camera a pro camera? Build quality? Weather sealing? Fast autofocus? Fast motor drive? …

Tiny Shrimp-like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them | Colossal

<p>No, these aren’t light vomiting fish, though you would be forgiven for thinking so because that’s exactly what it looks like. What you’re seeing is …

‘The Little Rascals’ Movie Poster Reshot for the Comedy’s 20th Anniversary Reunion

The cast members of the 1994 film <i>The Little Rascals</i>, which was a reboot of short films and a TV series from the 20s and 30s, have reunited 20 years …

Gang of hackers behind nude celebrity photo leak routinely attacked iCloud

A gang of hackers who collected and traded nude pictures of female celebrities by routinely breaking into Apple's iCloud system were the source of private photographs leaked online, new evidence shows.<p>Private photos and videos of more than 100 mostly female American and British stars were released …

Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls

Rogue cell phone towers can track your phone and intercept your calls, and it's only a matter of time before they're as ubiquitous as GPS trackers. …

Lawyer: Brown never convicted of serious felony

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 18-year-old fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer didn't face any juvenile charges at the time of his death and …

Singularity, transhumanism, humanity+: What word should we use to discuss the future?

Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism.<p>…

An Oral History of Burning Man, the Biggest, Weirdest, Most Clothing-Optional Desert Carnival on the Planet | Events

<i>"This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words. And indeed in thought." —T.E. Lawrence,</i> The Seven Pillars of Wisdom<p>It took some convincing to get me to Burning Man, even though—or because—friends couldn’t shut up about it. Their pictures were intriguing, sure, but the camp back then …

A Truly Global Germ: The Case of Malassezia

Whenever a pathogen is discovered, one of the most important aspects of prevention and control is identifying the source. Researchers and public health officials work tirelessly to find the reservoir in the hopes of bringing the scourge to an end. Sometimes, the hunt can take some surprising turns …