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How Your Brain Understands Visual Language

Or, “why email is still represented by an envelope.” Design professor Josiah Kahane explains.<p>Semioticians classify signs or sign systems in relation to the way they are transmitted. To illuminate one way semioticians look at things, let us peek at stage and film semiotics, which study the various …

Wrap recipe ideas for your lunch box

Wraps belong to a family of ingredients that inexplicably make things taste better than they should (see also: the savoury pancake, and a crisp layer of filo pastry over anything). Their beauty lies in their versatility. Unlike the classic sandwich, the wrap is all‑embracing, and as happy being a …

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Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow<p>Water is the driving force of all nature, …

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'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …

TIME Picks the Top 100 Photos of 2014

In this unranked gallery, TIME presents the top 100 photos of the yearProtesters march in the street as lightning flashe<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Jeff …

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography — see for example Dronestagram or the <i>National Geographic</i> magazine …

Tips for Using ISO Settings in Photography

When you as a photographer—amateur or professional, analog or digital–practice your craft or hobby, you will at one time or another become acquainted …

Loop Portraits:Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

When we see a photo that just makes us say, “How in the world?!” we just have to stop talking out loud to our computer screen, hunt down the genius …

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Shape Field Chair

With a woven, plastic-thatched seat and wooden sliding arms, the traditional campsite folding chair is one of the more nostalgic pieces of outdoor furniture. Yet its bulky design and cheap materials make it prone to breakage—not to mention hair-snagging and finger-snipping. To address the issue of …

10 Things You Should Know About the Crop Tool

While the Crop Tool is one of Photoshop's most-basic tools, you might find that there is more to this tool than you might know. In this tutorial, we …

Celebrity portraits by Terry O'Neill – in pictures

Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest celebrity photographers of the 20th century, and a key member of the group of portrait-takers that defined the 1960s. An exhibition at The Little Black Gallery features some of his most famous images. It can be seen at 13A Park Walk, London SW10 from 14 January …

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Street Life in London in 1877 - in pictures

A rare book which was one of the first examples of social documentary photography has been put up for auction. Street Life in London, written by Adolphe Smith with photography by the Scottish photographer John Thomson, was published in 1877. The aim of the book was stated as being 'to bring before …

How to Get Great Prints from your Digital Darkroom

One of the great joys of digital photography is the ability to quickly and simply produce large, stunning prints from the comfort of your own home, …

How to Create Cinematic Style Photography and Lighting

Theatrical lighting produces stunning photographs that look like stills from Hollywood films. But these types of images can be made using common …

Trending: Sir Alex Ferguson, the English Premier League’s most enduring manager, announced his retirement on May 8th. The Manchester United boss is not only the most successful in the league’s short history, but the only one to have been in his job since its inception. Our chart compares the number of trophies won by the richest football clubs since the 1992-93 season. View chart http://econ.st/13Gm5ot