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4 Sky Events This Week: Mars Snuggles With Venus, Green Comet Rings a Bell

Starstruck<p>Sky-watchers get a last good look at comet Lovejoy while nearby planets jostle for attention.<p>As Earth's moon begins its climb in our night skies this week, the moons of Jupiter chase their shadows. Elsewhere in the solar system, the goddess of love makes her move on the god of war.<p><b>Jovian</b> …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

1 of 9<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we …

Criminal Minds Are Different From Yours, Brain Scans Reveal

The latest neuroscience research is presenting intriguing evidence that the brains of certain kinds of criminals are different from those of the rest …

This ‘Flow Motion’ Time-Lapse of Dubai is Insane

Time-lapse photographer Rob Whitworth has taken the idea of hyperlapses to the next level with his latest video, “Dubai Flow Motion” (shown above).<p>It …

Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

Almost nothing like it has ever been observed on the red planet before<p>On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian …

Astronomy

30 Beautiful Photography Links for Your Inspiration

It's been a very active and busy week in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching online to find links to …

An amazing first image of the sun from NASA's NuSTAR, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array

Via NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this amazing image is one of the first shot by the <i>Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array</i>, or NuSTAR.<p>A larger …

After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout

Two years after Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast, hundreds of Staten Islanders are deciding whether to sell their shorefront homes to New York state, which wants to knock them down and let the empty land act as a buffer to the ocean.<p>Stephen Drimalas was one Staten Islander faced with this …

Ebola: Maine deploys state police to quarantined nurse's home

A nurse freed from an Ebola isolation tent in a New Jersey hospital declared on Wednesday the she will not comply with a quarantine request imposed by state officials, saying the policy is not based on science and infringes on her civil liberties.<p>“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” nurse …

Add a floating app collection to your Android tablet

With so many services in the cloud and many desktop apps having mobile counterparts, it's easy to carry your Android tablet as both an entertainment and productivity device. While having the full screen dedicated to one task is favorable, sometimes you need the help of a second app to get the job …

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures

Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the …

Woodworker Creates Detailed Stop-Motion Films of his Process | Colossal

<p>Designer and woodworker Frank Howarth has a passion for building things with his hands, he makes everything from shelves and chairs to toys and …

WHO says Ebola cases could exceed 20,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.<p>A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to …

Ebola Numbers Vastly Underestimate Reach Of Outbreak, WHO Says

The official count of Ebola cases and deaths may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization posted on its website.<p>The latest numbers from the WHO are 1,975 cases — with 1,069 deaths — from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.<p>But, as NPR's Michaeleen …

No Sew Fringed Kimono | A Pair & A Spare

<b>No Sew Fringed Kimono</b> | <i>A Pair & A Spare</i><p>I can’t believe it’s almost the end of Winter! And with the end of Winter comes that weird in-between weather where it’s too hot for a jumper and too cold for a tshirt. Wraps are the best thing to keep in your bag - and these fringed kimonos are super pretty, easy to make and no sewing is involved! You can go and buy your fabric and coordinating fringe from the craft store, or you can head on over to Wander & Hunt and buy yourself a kit.

Using Composition to Create More Powerful Portraits

As part of my series on portrait photography, in this article, I will discuss composition, one of the most important aspects of creating a good …

A Complete Checklist For Shooting Night-Time Time-Lapse Sequences

Aside from the regular artistic consideration, shooting time lapses requires quite a bit of technical know how. This check list from Stefan Kohler …

Demystifying White Balance

White Balance (WB) is one of the most challenging camera settings for beginners to learn. White Balance can also be difficult to fix later when you …

Digital Photography

WHO calls Ebola world health emergency

The Mysterious Fungus Infecting the American Southwest

Valley fever has been around for more than 100 years, and disproportionately affects poor farmworkers. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness, and doctors don't know why.<p>Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, …

Ebola's spread to US is 'inevitable' says health chief

Head of Centre for Disease Control says deadly virus likely to spread to America but will not be large<p>Ebola's spread to the United States is "inevitable" due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities has said.<p>Already one man with dual …

Azerbaijan's president threatens war with Armenia via Twitter

President Ilham Aliyev issues social media tirade after bloody clashes in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which both sides claim as their own<p>Azerbaijan’s president has threatened war with Armenia via Twitter, after dozens were killed in clashes over a disputed area of land that both countries lay …

Militant takeover of Iraq’s largest Christian city, mountaintop siege fuel calls for aid

Iraqi militants seized control Thursday of the country's largest Christian city -- reportedly telling its residents to leave, convert or die -- while members of another religious minority remained trapped on a mountain without enough food or water, circumstances that fueled calls for the U.S. and …

Sierra Leone army blockades Ebola areas, Liberia declares emergency

FREETOWN/MONROVIA (Reuters) - The army blockaded on Thursday rural areas in Sierra Leone that have been hit by the deadly Ebola virus, a senior officer said, after neighboring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease on record.<p>Nigeria's Health Minister …

Ebola virus victim left lying in Guinea street for hours over infection fears

Residents of Guinea's capital Conakry criticise emergency services for their slow response to help a man who collapsed in the street and was left for nearly five hours because of fears he might be suffering from Ebola<p>A man lay helpless in the street for almost five hours without medical assistance …

Tattoo inks causing a rash of infections, FDA warns

Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.<p>The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.<p>Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in in-home tattoo kits after …

Tattoos

Spiral Knot Wrapped Headphones

Give your headphones a personalized touch with this charming spiral knot wrapped headphones tutorial by Agus Yornet.

Charge! Viking Re-Enactors Invade Spanish Town

Residents of the Spanish town of Catoira recreated a Viking invasion during a traditional festival on Sunday. The festival's main ceremony is the dramatization of the Viking landing and the defense of the Torres del Oeste (West Torres) area, a historic event that happened ten centuries ago. The …