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This Is What An Undersea Data Cable Actually Looks Like

The internet doesn't just happen; it's served up to us by thousands of kilometres of physical cabling, and much of it, naturally, has to stretch …

How to Cleanly Remove the Bottom of a Bottle: Product Photography Trick

Having the bottom of a bottle removed by a professional could cost anywhere from 50-60 dollars apiece. This is probably because the process involves …

Photography Tips

S&P amazingly says no one should believe its ratings are independent and objective

Today US rating agency Standard & Poor’s told a court of law that it figured every reasonable investor would know its promise to objectively rate securities was mere “puffery,” like a used-car salesman who tells you the last owner of your car was an old lady who only drove it on Sundays.<p>The US …

A Chinese city is asking its companies to pay public sector salaries because it can’t afford them

Local government debt is now so unwieldy in China that some desperate district governments have turned to the private sector for help to pay their employees.<p>The Chinese language magazine of state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday that the city of Ordos, in northern China’s Inner Mongolia, …

Salaries & Wages

There's A Crazy Amount Of Gold Moving On The Shanghai Gold Exchange

I recently discussed how traders were stampeding out of gold as a result of rising interest rates and the threat of evaporating monetary fluid that was lubricating markets. Hovering around $1,200 at the beginning of July, the gold price has completely disconnected from the precious metal's …

Natural Gas

Passively-cooled Caterpillar House built from shipping containers

Caterpillar House is located on a hillside just outside Chile's capital city Santiago, and boasts views of the Andes Mountains. The decision to use …

Merge to 32 bit - HDR technique comparisons

HDR is an often discussed and debated subject in photography circles. There’s much talk about “bad” HDR, or a whether or not one should even do it in …

Tutorials

How low can the Aussie dollar go?

National Australia Bank recently estimated that the upward pressure on the local currency as a result of the US Federal Reserve's zero interest rate …

How to Create a Black Background Anywhere with this Photography Trick

Many portrait photographers dream of owning a studio with all the bells and whistles. However, some photographers who work on-location in …

Review: Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit lens is currently the widest autofocusing lens for the Fujifilm X series interchangeable lens camera system. When we first …

Dell's Alienware X51 desktop gets Haswell, NVIDIA GTX 670 graphics

For the most part, Dell's using this week at Computex to talk up its various XPS products, though its Alienware division is also getting a little love. The company just announced that the pint-size X51 desktop has been refreshed with Haswell processors (up to a quad-core Core i7-4770) and an …

Thailand cuts interest rates, drawn into Asia’s deepening currency war

Thailand’s central bank voted unanimously to cut its 2.75% base rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday in an attempt to stem a sharp rise in the baht. While its economic situation is unique, Thailand is joining other Asian countries in setting a currency-devaluing precedent that may …

Asia

How To Shoot Landscapes Under a Full Moon

This article is about taking photos at night under a full moon or near a full moon. At night, the moon will act as a light source in exactly the same …

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-5 II S

Full Scale LEGO X-Wing Is the Largest Model In History

LEGO builds are seriously reaching new heights these days. Recently, a full scale LEGO Star Wars X-Wing has taken the title of the largest model in …

How To Create A Windows 8 Installation DVD Or USB Stick

Microsoft has made upgrading to Windows 8 really easy with its upgrade tool, but if you have special needs and need a more traditional installation …

Why Your Ears Pop (And What To Do If They Don't)

Flying sick was a bad choice. Your congested ears refuse to pop and now you're stuck on a cross-country flight, cruising at 9000m of ear-splitting …

This Seven-Minute, Research-Based Workout Exercises Your Whole Body

Don't have an hour or even 20 minutes to exercise each day? You might not need it. This routine of 12 exercises is a complete workout based on the …

Why central banks have been buying gold since 2009

Even as gold prices have hovered at historical highs, central banks have been snapping up gold over the last few years. Global central banks purchased a net of 534.6 tonnes (589.3 tons) of gold in 2012, up from 456.8 the previous year (see above chart), according to the World Gold Council. That’s …

Central Banks

Mining digital gold

IN 1999 an 18-year-old called Shawn Fanning changed the music industry for ever. He developed a service, Napster, that allowed individuals to swap …