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Your old laptop's battery will light homes in developing countries

Don't be too quick to toss out the battery from that ancient laptop -- it might just be the key to powering homes in developing countries, and helping the environment in the process. IBM researchers have revealed UrJar, a device that turns old lithium-ion battery packs into rechargeable energy …

The Geography Of Happiness: Where Americans Are Happiest And Why

Sorry, city dwellers. Suburban counties tend to be happiest (as long as you don’t have to get in your car to go to work).<p>The United States was founded so people could pursue happiness, but some places seem to do a better job of it than others. There’s a big difference between the happiest and least …

Mental Health

Couple Shoot Amazing Landscapes Carrying Their Child on Their Backs

Landscape photography is no doubt a beautiful undertaking, but it can also be a difficult activity, given the need to bring along all the necessary …

Landscape Photography

Camera Selfies - Photographs by Jürgen Novotny | LensCulture

According to one widely cited estimate, close to one <i>trillion</i> photos will be taken in 2014. Given that 2013 was already the "Year of the Selfie" (thank you, Oxford English Dictionary), one can safely imagine that our rapidly closing year has been filled with a more-than-modest number of selfies in …

Photography

Watch A Human Actor Become A Convincing 3-D Character

Two of the best facial animation companies in the business gives an awesome demo of what they can do.<p>You might not know the company Cubic Motion by name, but if you’ve seen the spooky advertisements for the latest <i>Call of Duty</i>, in which Kevin Spacey appears as a video game character, you’ll …

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …