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Levitation Photography 7 Tips for Getting a Great Image

Levitation images are magical! They draw the viewer in and make them think about what’s not quite right. If you search the internet for levitation …

The Dogs of War

Here is Marine Corporal Jose Armenta in his tent on the night before getting blown up in Afghanistan. He jokes with Mulrooney and Berry and the medic the guys have nicknamed “Christ.” He feeds and waters his dog, Zenit, a sable-coat German shepherd. He lets Buyes, who will be dead in three months, …

15 Chemists Whose Discoveries Changed Our Lives

Most of us take for granted the breakthrough science and technology that gave us these everyday luxuries. If you've ever wondered where they came from, you're about to find out.<p>In celebration of National Chemistry Week, we put together a list of chemists whose discoveries have completely changed …

Nobel Prize

Germany Probes Amazon Policy That Some Fear Creates Higher Prices For Everyone Else

And it begs the question — will the U.S. be next?<p>Generally, Amazon requires that merchants doing business on its platform offer the lowest price possible — meaning that merchants have to charge higher prices in all other outlets, including their own web sites, and can get banned from Amazon if they …

Selling

The 5 Most Expensive Things My Dog Has Ever Eaten

Babies learn to anticipate touch in the womb, new study reveals

You're no doubt familiar with the image of a baby sucking his thumb, but unborn babies in the later stages of development do it too. In fact, new research reveals that fetuses actually open their mouths in anticipation of a good thumb suck, which may point to better ways of tracking fetal …

American and British spy agencies targeted Tor network with minimal success

Considering the NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been trying to thwart encryption on the internet, it comes as no surprise that the two have spent significant resources trying to crack the Tor network. Tor, as some of you may know, is designed to keep a person's identity, …

Hello Siri. Mind If I Call You Susan Bennett?

The voice of Siri has been unmasked. CNN’s Red Chair uncovered the dulcet tones of Apple‘s personal assistant, and she is voice-over artist Susan Bennett, from Atlanta. She takes her place in the pantheon of Siri voices, alongside Jon Briggs and Karen Jacobsen, whose voices are what British and …

Siri

A Scientific Guide To Maximizing Your Impact On Twitter, Facebook, And Other Digital Media

When is the best time to tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, and email newsletters to reach the most people? Let’s find out.<p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one …

Time I

A Brief History of the Jetpack

From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.<p>From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.

Sean Connery

The Re-Education of Jim Collins | Inc.com

That struck Collins as interesting. West Point is a highly competitive place. Every cadet wants to do the IOCT faster than his or her peers. Every cadet also is extremely busy. Yet these cadets were taking time away from their studies and other duties to help their friends get through the …

Leadership

Nissan Is Selling Cars Through Amazon (Gift Cards Included)

Another new category for Amazon?<p>The Seattle-based online retailer is attempting to help Nissan sell and lease its Versa Note cars in conjunction with …

T-Mobile Plans to Pare Its In-Store Supply of BlackBerrys, While AT&T and Verizon Plan to Keep Them in Stock

T-Mobile said on Thursday that it plans to stop carrying BlackBerry phones on its store shelves, though it will continue to sell them online and let …

Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful

Many outsiders assume the Amish reject allnew technology. But that's not true.<p>One Amish man in Lancaster County, Pa., checks his voicemail about four times a day. His shop is equipped with a propane-powered forklift, hydraulic-powered saws, cordless drills, and a refrigerated tank where milk from …

Where Cloud Computing Jobs Are Today

Gaining insights into cloud computing hiring trends is invaluable to understanding the competitive landscape and direction of new application and platform development.<p>It’s also invaluable for any company looking to recruit cloud computing professionals. For qualified job seekers, staying on top of …

This is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: A blocky health tracker with a camera

<i>Editor’s Note Sept. 4: Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch as expected. We’ve got all the details on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch right here on VentureBeat.</i><p>Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the …

Here's How They Made Mocha Frappuccinos 350 Years Ago

"It's not chocolate ice-cream but more like a very solid and very dark version of the iced chocolate drinks you get in coffee shops today," Dr. Kate Loveman, a University of Leicester professor who found the recipe, said in a statement.<p>The recipe, one of the first of its kind discovered, directed …

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Lenovo chief shares $3.25 million of bonus with staff

The chief executive of Lenovo Group Ltd., which recently overtook Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's largest producer of personal computers, is sharing his annual bonus with his staff.<p>Angela Lee, a spokeswoman in Hong Kong for Lenovo, best known in the U.S. for acquiring IBM Corp.'s ThinkPad …

Egypt Charges Former President Mohammed Morsi, Others

Egypt's top prosecutor has referred ousted President Mohammed Morsi to trial on charges of inciting deadly violence against his opponents.<p>State television said Sunday that Morsi, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, former presidential aides and advisors Assad Sheikha and Ahmed …

The Bitcoin of governance could be coming soon

I left Istanbul in mid-June to join a 10-week program in Silicon Valley to solve global grand challenges through technology. On the first day, futurist and director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, and futurist and CEO of X PRIZE foundation, Peter Diamandis, laid out our mission at …

Fabrication

Microsoft's $100 Surface Pro Price Cut is Now Permanent

The temporary $100 price cut that Microsoft made to its 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro earlier this month – down to $799 and $899 respectively in the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – is now permanent in all markets where the device is sold.<p>The deal was due to expire on August 29, but a …

Apple confirms Apple Store iPhone trade-in program has launched today

In line with our reports from earlier this week, Apple has announced that its Apple Store iPhone trade-in-program has launched today. The confirmation comes by way of comment to CNBC.<p>The trade-in-program is officially called the “iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program” and it is available in Apple …

Max Factor and his beauty-measuring mask, 1934 - a picture from the past

Max Factor, who died on this day in 1938, made his name perfecting natural-looking cosmetics for the Hollywood film industry. He is seen here demonstrating his 'Beauty Micrometer' – a measuring device he developed to aid makeup artists

Friday Happy Hour: Is Slow Motion Video The Next Big Thing In Wedding Photography?

Are slow motion photo booths the next big thing in wedding photography?<p>In a highly saturated market, wedding photographers need to constantly find …