Esther Ong

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Are you taking too many pictures?

Snapping away on your smartphone or camera could be spoiling your memories of important events, research suggests.<p>We’ve all done it at one time or another: whipped out our smartphone to snap a picture of a sunset that is too beautiful to forget, or surreptitiously photographed a particularly …

How to read emotions and influence people

BBC Future reviews some of the simple tricks you can use to assert your influence on your unwitting friends and colleagues.<p>Human behaviours are governed by superstition, repetition and cliches, which makes us easy targets for mind tricks. If you know the secrets, you could use them to your …

Greece: shot on location

Greece’s ravishing coastlines, dramatic mountainscapes and classic small villages make the perfect backdrop not just for our mundane lives but also for the on-screen hijinks of many a Hollywood blockbuster. Here, we guide you through some of the top locations from famous movies shot in Greece. Pick …

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On location in Hawaii: film and TV locations in paradise

With nearly every climactic zone on Earth, months of amenable weather and landscapes of rugged beauty, the Hawaiian Islands have long caught Hollywood directors’ eyes. Indeed, the islands’ cascading tropical waterfalls, powdery beaches and jagged volcanic mountains seem straight out of a fantasy …

Jurassic Park

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

Travel Writing

Eight must-see spots in Iceland's wild west

Iceland’s tourism boom is bringing planeloads of happy explorers to popular routes like the Golden Circle. Yet just one hour north of Reykjavík, grand West Iceland remains off the beaten track.<p>It unfurls in a spectacular array of ice caves, lava tubes and open sea, while its petite towns offer …

European Travel

First time Rome: a beginner’s guide to the Eternal City

First visit to Rome? You’re in luck. You’ll find it easy to see a lot, no matter how limited your time is. It’s good to plan ahead, but ambling aimlessly is also a joy: at times it can seem like there’s an ancient wonder around every corner. Just don’t stress about trying to see everything: for …

Italy

Just one of the many beautiful views @tiakatty came face-to-face with when trekking through the #Himalayas which is where this week's #lpfanphoto was taken! Who wouldn't like to wake up to this view every morning? 🌄👌🏻 -- Tag your favourite #travel shots with #lpfanphoto and each week we'll pick one to regram to our friends and followers. Happy travels!

Change the colour of your eyes with a laser

This week we've discovered two possible elixirs of youth, the secret to being more attractive to the opposite sex, and a back-pain breakthrough that …

Stem Cells

Conscious computing: how to take control of your life online Twitter, Facebook, Google… we know the internet is driving us to distraction. But could sitting at your computer actually calm you down? Oliver Burkeman investigates the slow web movement http://gu.com/p/3fkkz Photograph: Aaron Tilley for the Guardian

Clever Negative Space Animals

Negative space designs are very hard to create, but designer George Bokhua is a specialist in negative space. He designed this minimalist serie of …

Screen use is bad for brain development, scientist claims

<b>Before my meeting with controversial neuroscientist and renowned social media cynic Susan Greenfield, I do two things - post a Facebook "check-in" from her base at Oxford University (which attracts five "likes" and a direct message), and mention her on Twitter.</b><p>I have a feeling I am exactly the kind …

Experience: I dreamed a symphony, then composed it 'I told my wife I thought I could be a great composer. Understandably, she thought I was deluded. I couldn't even read music, let alone write it' http://gu.com/p/3ff6y/tw Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

Round Two

Publishing

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap? Quantum mechanics research could hold the key to a new generation of super-fast computers http://gu.com/p/3fqeh Photograph: Rex Features

Yahoo's recruits Tubmlr's billion-dollar visionary: David Karp profile

Home-schooled and a coder since he was 11, David Karp has just sold his Tumblr website to Yahoo! for $1.1billion<p>Aged just 26, David Karp was one of the richest of internet entrepreneurs before he sold his Tumblr website to Yahoo!. Estimated to be worth $200million before the windfall, his vision …

LG’s 5-inch Unbreakable Display

LG has announced that they will be putting on a 5-inch flexible plastic OLED screen on display at the upcoming Society for Information Display, …

NASA funds 3D food printer, pizza is the first item on the menu

Last week we had lab-grown burgers; this week it's powdered pizza. NASA's gotten in on the synthesized food action by awarding a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. The first device Contractor plans to build under the …

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On Guardian Science: Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein http://bit.ly/1ac8WVi What are we to make of a man who left academia more than two decades ago but claims to have solved some of the most intractable problems in physics? Photograph: AP

How does copyright work in space?

CHRIS HADFIELD has captured the world's heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", recorded …

Minimalist Posters That Reduce Your Favorite Movies To Basic Shapes

Graphic designer Michal Krasnopolski creates 22 movie posters that are head-scratchingly metaphorical.<p>In the future, when the history of the Internet is taught alongside social studies and algebra in middle school, there will be a brief, marginal mention of minimalist posters and how they, for a …

Graphic Design

Something I whipped up a bit ago. #lettering #script #brushpen @aubreyrd

Something I whipped up a bit ago. #lettering #script #brushpen @aubreyrd

#Mirage Moment of the Week goes out to this Birthday boy @wyattmchale going vert at age 12. Photo: @steve_mo_money #rainbow

Why everyone must understand science

Many people feel excluded by science, but philosopher AC Grayling says this makes us slaves to technology. The less we know the more likely we are to be manipulated by others.<p>Science is undoubtedly humanity’s greatest achievement, says AC Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities. …

Why we need to bring nature back into cities

Urban areas could be the best hope for the survival of many species, but to do so we need to incorporate the natural world in new and innovative ways.<p>There is an optimistic view of the unprecedented migration we are witnessing from rural to urban areas, and it’s that cities could offer the biggest …

Nine inspiring lessons the suffragettes can teach feminists today: http://bit.ly/177R9BT A century after the death of Emily Davison at the Epsom Derby, the movement that gave votes to women still has much to teach those continuing to fight for equality Photograph: Hulton Getty

5 Delicious (and Healthy!) Iced Tea Combinations

On the Greek island of Ikaria, life is sweet… and very, very long. So what is the locals' secret? http://bit.ly/Zj5Kpf Gregoris Tsahas has smoked a packet of cigarettes every day for 70 years. He's 100 years old and, aside from appendicitis, has never known a day of illness in his life. High up in the hills of Ikaria, in his favourite cafe, he draws on what must be around his half-millionth fag. I tell him smoking is bad for the health and he gives me an indulgent smile, which suggests he's heard the line before. Photograph: Eirini Vourloumis for the Guardian