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I’m feeling lucky: Can algorithms better engineer serendipity in research — or in journalism?

Some historical collections are aiming to enable serendipitous content discovery, peering beyond the current limitations of search to capture happy accidents.<p>Let’s say you have a research topic, and maybe even an angle. You dive in by reading the canonical classics, all of which seem to cite one …

5 New Social-Media Platforms Worth a Look

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When businesses launch social media campaigns, they generally focus on the major platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are especially popular for business marketing, since they boast large membership numbers and generally seem to …

The Best Anytime Workout

Joe Stankowski , C.P.T.

Storytelling Tools 2014

Almost two years ago in April 2012, we published our Top 5 Storytelling Apps, our pick of the best desktop and mobile apps to help storytellers share …

Interactive Video

Thought-Provoking Must See Interview with Iconic Conflict Photographer Don McCullin

Don McCullin is a household name in the photographic community, but as far as he is concerned, it’s for all the wrong reasons. In this incredibly …

Using Flashes to Create Light That Looks Natural

Back in college, I was taught there were two ways to light a subject with strobes or flashes. You can make the light part of the story of the image, …

Using Muted Tones to Control A Viewer’s Attention

<i>This is a guest post by Thomas Shue – lilsamedia.com/blog</i> <i><br>Follow him on Twitter:</i><p>Many times in photography you have very little control of the …

33 Gorgeous and Informative Photography Links

Another wonderful week has passed in the world of photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching for links to tutorials, special …

Adding Tone and Contrast to a Single Image

I’m a big fan of details… I often like my images to feel a bit “gritty” and “deep.” Sure, it doesn’t work for every subject, but there are plenty …

Leading the Smart Video Revolution

Transform your company's communications with TouchCast. Make them more expressive, more memorable, and more human.<p><b>TouchCast.</b> The <b>Smart Video</b> Revolution<p>…

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

Yasser Arafat's belongings have traces of polonium-210, say Swiss scientists

Discovery 'supports possibility Palestinian leader was poisoned with radioactive substance' but Russians reject suggestion<p>Swiss scientists have given details about the traces of a radioactive substance found on personal items belonging to Yasser Arafat, adding to claims that the late Palestinian …

The Beastgrip Lets You Add SLR Lenses & Accessories to Almost Any Smartphone

There are all kids of systems for clamping a lens onto a phone, but few are as versatile as the Beastgrip, a Kickstarter project about halfway to …

How to Get Amazing Images from Shadows (15 Awesome Examples)

Photographing shadows is often overlooked as a creative subject for our photography, and we can understand why. Any photographer, or photographic …

Landscape Photography

Documentary Photography - Six Tips for Creating a Legacy

We’ve all gone through times in our lives where we’ve lost loved ones. As a portrait photographer I would get calls all the time for “Urgent” family …

Photography

Conflict Photographer Shares What He’s Learned in 20 Years of Covering War

Photojournalism can be a dangerous profession, especially for those photojournalists who are drawn to conflict photography. Once such photojournalist …

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …

Why does America have such a big prison population?

“TOO many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law-enforcement reason.” The person who said that was neither a …

Sony packs entire camera into snap-on smartphone lens

<b>Sony's rumoured snap-on lenses for Android and iPhone will pack in an entirely separate image sensor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors.</b><p>Two rumoured …

Cameras

OpenReflex: A Fully Operational DIY 3D Printable SLR

The magic of 3D printing has led to the creation of a few pretty cool DIY projects we’ve featured in the past. In the world of cameras, we’ve seen …

5 Ideas to Photograph When You’re Out on the Street

1. Seek Out EmotionThis is an easy point to make—photographs are better when they show people’s emotions. However, it’s much easier said than done. …

Street Photography

Guns Kill More People Than Motor Vehicles in 12 States & DC

Here's the latest sobering news from America's gun violence epidemic: In a dozen states and the District of Columbia, you're now more likely to die from gunfire than be killed in a traffic accident.<p>A new study from my organization, the Violence Policy Center, found that in these jurisdictions in …

EXPERT: There Is Absolutely No Way Military Assets Could Have Reached Benghazi In Time

— There were special operations teams outside of Libya that could have made it to Benghazi in time to save Americans from the second attack on the Annex in Benghazi.<p>— There were four active-duty special operations personnel based in Tripoli who could have made it to Benghazi, but allegedly got the …

David Keene, NRA President, Has No Regrets About Newtown Massacre Response

WASHINGTON -- "We had to change the subject," said David Keene, as if making an obvious, unobjectionable point.<p>We were sitting at the back table of his favorite Italian restaurant. Keene, the 67-year-old president of the National Rifle Association, exuded a satisfied calm. His thick white hair was …