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Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

“Great efforts were made by builders to ensure that their castles could withstand an enemy onslaught.” By Dr. Dan Spencer IN THEIR DAY, Medieval …

Military History

John Boehner’s claim that ‘we have literally filled up our jails’ with people for minor marijuana possession

<i>“When you look at the number of people in our state and federal penitentiaries, who are there for possession of small amounts of cannabis, you begin to really scratch your head. We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there.”</i><br>—Former House …

Cannabis

Female Medics Rushed to Help a Man Who Collapsed in a Sumo Ring. They Were Promptly Told to Leave

Female medics attempting to save the life of a Japanese mayor who collapsed in a sumo ring were ordered to get off the stage, which is considered a …

Japan

This Pro Reveals His 5 Favorite Camera "Hacks" in Just 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

We like to keep things simple after hectic holiday weekends; so today we’re bringing you three quick “five tips“ tutorials that will improve your …

Hacking

Japanese couple apologise for ignoring work pregnancy timetable by conceiving ‘before their turn’

A Japanese worker has been reprimanded by her boss for “selfishly breaking the rules” after she became pregnant before it was her “turn”, according to media reports.<p>The woman was working at a private childcare centre in Aichi prefecture, north Japan, when she found out she was pregnant.<p>However, the …

Pregnancy

Genetic tests reveal tragic reality of Atacama 'alien' skeleton

Mummified remains from Chilean ghost town revealed to be baby girl with malformations so bizarre they led to speculation over alien life<p>When the mummified remains of a six-inch humanoid were found in an abandoned mining town in Chile’s Atacama desert 15 years ago, speculation on its origins ran …

Mutations

The Nerve Agent Too Deadly to Use, Until Someone Did

LONDON — For nearly three decades, since a Soviet whistle-blower told the world of its existence, the nerve agent Novichok has scared American weapons experts. The Pentagon sent teams to destroy abandoned laboratories that once produced the chemical, believed to be orders of magnitude more lethal …

Nerve Agents

Here’s How to Use ND and Polarizing Filters to Shoot Better Photographs (VIDEO)

While many photographers think nothing about spending big bucks on high-end cameras and premium glass, these same shooters often ignore inexpensive …

Ten Lightroom Features You May Not Know About

I've been using Adobe Lightroom for about five years now and after watching this video, I brushed up my memory and learned a few things that I didn't …

Wedding Photographer Posing Guide: Poses That Work

Lift the back leg instead to shift his weight forward to look more imposing. I can also have him lean forward for upper body shots;<p>We tend to rotate …

Mona Lisa

Make the Most of Your Nikon DSLR Camera with These 7 Tips and Tricks (VIDEO)

Anyone can go out and buy a sophisticated DSLR, as long as they have the cash. But knowing how to take advantage of the capabilities a camera …

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Birds

Composition Tips: This Pro Says “Use the Golden Spiral” & Forget About the Rule of Thirds (VIDEO)

If you wonder why we spend so much time discussing techniques for better composition, the answer is simple: No matter what type of images you shoot, …

Angry Trump Called Hope Hicks ‘So Stupid,’ Berated Her ‘White Lies,’ According To CNN’s Erin Burnett [Video]

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has quit her $179,700 job, with speculations about potential subpoenas or other reasons swirling …

Common Blunders Photographers Make

On the surface, it would appear to most that photography is a straightforward endeavor. Point the dedicated camera or smartphone at your desired …

This Simple Hack Makes Your Grilled Cheese Even Better

A grilled cheese sandwich is pure comfort food and one of the best go-to meals when money is tight, but who knew it could get even better? Add cheese to the OUTSIDE of the bread for a food hack that delivers a slightly crispy, even cheesier sandwich to swoon over.<p>There’s no need for extra …

Cooking

7 Sandwich Secrets We’re Stealing from Chefs (Thanks, Chefs)

Chefs share their X-factors for making your at-home sandwich So. Much. Better.<p>The perfection of some sandwiches lies in their simplicity (say, a ham and cheese with nothing but the highest quality ham, cheese, and don’t forget the butter). Others, however, benefit from a little something extra—a …

Cooking

Boarding now for a flight from Tokyo to Paris that never takes off

TOKYO (Reuters) - Fasten your seatbelts for a flight departing to Paris, and never leave the ground.<p>That's exactly what 12 passengers did at First Airlines in central Tokyo this week, where they relaxed in first and business-class seats and were served four-course dinners, before immersing …

Virtual Reality

Who Needs a Gym? Try One of The 9 Best Workout Apps Instead

Let's face it: many of us are addicted to our phones. In fact, some research even suggests that women are more addicted to their phones than men. …

Apps

A look at the lives of 13 siblings held captive in a house full of chains — and what comes next

What started as neglect, officials said, became dangerous and pervasive child abuse over the years.<p>If they misbehaved, the 13 siblings living in a Southern California home would be tied to their beds as punishment — first with ropes, until a child whose limbs were strung together was able to …

Crime

From prudish Victorians to arrows in the eye – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague, the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox and ‘whipping boys’ may never have actually existed. So what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?<p>You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at once. So far …

World History

Wireless earbuds that sound this much better than AirPods should cost way more than $24

Apple’s AirPods offer surprisingly great sound quality for earbuds that are so compact, but you wouldn’t know it most of the time. Why? Because the …

Tech Trends

Meet your match: Google app finds famous art you look like

Grab the Monet and Gogh: The Google Arts & Culture app lets you take a selfie, then compares it to thousands of museum paintings.<p>Sure, we all know what famous person we vaguely look like (I always get Geena Davis, which ... I wish! She's still in a "League of Her Own.") But the blandly named Google …

Google Apps

5 Essential Composition Tips in Photography

Photography is not possible without composition– don’t miss out on these 5 essential photography composition tips:DOWNLOAD PDFPDF: 5 PHOTOGRAPHY …

Street Photography

Face time: 50 portrait photographs, 50 different ways

<b>Is it possible to shoot the same person in 50 different ways and still get creative portraits? The authors of a fascinating new book reveal how, in</b> …

Canon EOS

What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The U.S.?

What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids?<p>That's a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays.<p>And it's a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the …

The Arts

Florida hack exposed files of up to 30,000 Medicaid patients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say hackers may have accessed the personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients two months ago.<p>The state's Agency for Health Care Administration said in a Friday evening news release that one of its employees "was the victim …

Health Care

iFixit cuts the prices on its battery replacement kits to one up Apple’s $29 offer

DIY discounts<p>iFixit, the internet’s most popular repository of guides for repairing Apple devices, has announced that it’s cutting prices for all of its iPhone battery replacement kits down to $29 or less. They usually sell for between $39 to $49, depending on how recent your phone is.<p>The news …

Mobile Technology

Looking for some mobile VR fun? Here are the top 10 Google Daydream apps, games

While virtual reality headsets from the likes of Oculus are said to offer the best virtual reality experiences, mobile VR is much more affordable and …

Virtual Reality