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A Year of Incredible Space Photos: Royal Observatory’s Winning Images | WIRED

It's time once again to "Ooh" and "Ahh" at some of the best images of the night sky taken by amateur astronomers around the world. The Royal …

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

Trains

Orbotix Teaches Its Smartphone-Controlled Ball Some New Tricks

Orbotix, the maker of the Sphero — a rolling robot ball that can be controlled by iPhone or Android — is ready with an updated version of the …

Robotics

Profits At High, Wages At Low

Five years after the start of the financial crisis, the U.S. economy is still struggling.<p>Unemployment is above 7%.<p>Growth is weak.<p>Most consumers are strapped.<p>Meanwhile, the stock market is hitting record highs, and corporations are printing money.<p>If you're wondering what's going on here--why these …

Income Inequality

Paralyzed Man Wakes to Find His Dog Bit Off His Testicle

An Arkansas man paralyzed from the waist down told police he awoke Monday morning to a "burning pain," only to find his dog chewing on a ball. His …

Health

What Are Some Good Tactics To Use To Lower The Price Of A Car While Negotiating With A Car Sales Person?

<i>Answer by Jason Lancaster, President of Spork Marketing,</i><p>My short list of negotiating tactics:<p><b>1. Don’t negotiate.</b> Tell the salesperson and sales manager that you’ll sign the paperwork the minute they hit your target figure. Politely decline any counter-offers, give them your phone number, and leave. …

5 Essential Photo Apps for Your Phone

The smartphone has not only revolutionized the way we live but also completely altered the landscape of modern photography. If you have any doubts …

Q&A with Glenn Greenwald: Americans’ reaction “surprising and gratifying”

Glenn Greenwald discusses how Americans see Snowden, and details the non-U.S. world’s anger at NSA privacy invasion<p>In the wake of his explosive reporting about the U.S. government's surveillance regime over the last six weeks, I spent some time talking with Guardian reporter (and Salon alumnus) …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …

World’s first telescopic contact lens with 2.8x optical zoom. Built-in camera next?

Photo: Niek Beck<p>July 3, 2013 /Photography News/ A new telescopic contact lens, developed by researchers from the University of California, San Diego …

The 43 Best Hidden Hikes in the U.S.

Sure, hiking the Appalachian Trail is an experience no one ever forgets. But the United States is a pretty big place, with tons of opportunities for …

Adventure Travel

Once in a Lifetime – The Lambrecht Chevrolet Company, with 500 Vehicles going to Auction

You hear about these small town dealerships that once dotted across the landscape, with their collection of cherished vehicles, but never to this …

This Many Great Photography Links May Cause Lightheadedness

What an exciting week in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching high and low for the best links to tutorials, …

Landscape Photography

At last, the edifice of drugs prohibition is starting to crumble

The past two months have been an incredibly busy and productive time for global drug policy reform and scientific research into psychedelic drugs. …

5 Pretty Good Reasons to Be an Atheist

People love lists. Am I right? So here is a list of five pretty good reasons why you should be an atheist. Now I know I am not going to convince everyone with this list because god-belief has been indoctrinated into our society for a long time and most people have been raised to believe in some …

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'

Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.<p><b>Q: Why did you decide to become a …

Free Language Learning Service Duolingo Comes To Android, Expects This Will Double Its User Base To Over 6M

Duolingo, the popular free language learning service, just launched its first mobile app for Android in Google’s Play store. Until now, the service was only available on the web and iPhone, but as the company’s founder Luis von Ahn told me earlier this year, the Android version has long been on the …