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FORTUNE — A big challenge for investors is piercing management’s feel-good, “it’s all great if you leave out the bad stuff” earnings metrics to measure a company’s true profitability. Even the official GAAP accounting numbers frequently need plenty of scrubbing to reveal the real picture. For …

How to Create Reflections in Photoshop

Great reflections can really make an image. The problem is, that like buses, there is never one when you need one. Of course these days it is …

Science for potheads: Why they love to get high

<b>(Riccardo Mojana via Shutterstock)</b><p>There’s so much misunderstanding around marijuana. Here’s what’s really happening to people when they smoke weed<p>K.M. Cholewa<p>September 8, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Drug warriors have long tried to smear marijuana as a dangerous scourge, seeking to criminalize possession of a …

SARAH Lets You Request Information From 21 Government Agencies At The Same Time

The federal government collects gobs and gobs of data on people, and thanks to a little something called the Freedom of Information Act, people can make requests to liberate some of it. It sounds simple enough, but navigating the labyrinthine process and drafting the request is no easy thing.<p>That’s …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

Will science ever bring back the dinosaurs?

The Secret, 'Vaguely Racist' History Of MSG Fear-Mongering

Looking for a nice long-form article to read this weekend? We recommend you head over to BuzzFeeᴅ and check out this feature on the history of MSG—the much and unfairly maligned naturally occurring ingredient in so many of our favorite foods.<p>The piece, written by former <i>PopularScience.com</i> head …

CIA Kept Area 51 Secret Because Rumors Cooler Than Reality

A spy plane, an intelligence agency, and the magical logic of conspiracy theories all made an American legend.<p>Yesterday the CIA declassified a 400-page document about Area 51, the secret facility in the Nevada desert that has fascinated armchair historians and tormented conspiracy theorists for …

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ‘launching next month’

Samsung will unveil its ‘Galaxy Gear’ smartwatch in Berlin on September 4, reports claim.<p>The South Korean giant hopes its new device, which it has already confirmed is in development, will give it a headstart against Apple. The iPhone-maker is claimed has 100 engineers working on their own …

States Scramble to Find New Ways to Kill People

It’s a really odd prob­lem to have. Ohio is run­ning out of the drug it uses to kill con­victs on death row, the sed­at­ive pento­bar­bit­al. …

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NSA under renewed fire after report finds it violated its own privacy rules

The NSA serially violated its own restrictions on bulk surveillance, according to a report that puts further pressure on beleaguered intelligence chief James Clapper and strengthens claims by a leading Senate critic that a "culture of misinformation" exists at the agency.<p>The Washington Post …

Samsung Galaxy Gear pegged as a smartwatch coming September 4

It’s time for the smartwatch market to heat up: After a trademark filing for “Galaxy Gear” earlier this month, Samsung is reportedly planning to …

Hack this, NSA: Google now triple-encrypts all data in Google Cloud Storage

You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.<p>Perhaps that’s why Google announced yesterday it was triple-encrypting all data in Google …

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

How To Improve an Image with 2 Steps in Photoshop Using Screen Mode

A Guest Post by Sergey Sus/ Today I want to share a very simple way for improving a photo without having to change the exposure. I use this method …

How to Do Infrared Photography

Infrared, or IR, is a form of light wave that is not visible to the human eye. In the electromagnetic spectrum, IR waves are grouped between visible …

6 Tips for Mastering Bokeh

Bokeh. There’s that word again. It’s one of the most obsessed-over words in photography, from how to pronounce it to how to “make it.” It often seems …

Make your Photos Sparkle with GIMP

A Guest Contribution by Anotherphotograpbynoob.com. What this tutorial will show you In short: how I made the photo on the right become the photo on …

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How to Take Great Product Photos

If you’ve ever scrolled through a page of thumbnails while searching for products, you’ve probably noticed how much more inclined you are to take a …

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 …