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How to Sharpen Your Photos in Lightroom Without Going Too Far

Sharpening gives your images a bit of pop by increasing the edge contrast, but it’s easy to go too far and end up with an over-sharpened mess. In …

Cuba
Animation

In Africa, Out of Nowhere, There Is Baseball

How America’s Pastime Has Managed to Take Root in Uganda<p>Kampala, Uganda<p>Last month, I went to Uganda to coach and play baseball.<p>And to meet George.<p>George Mukhobe is a 37-year-old baseball coach from the...

Africa
Belmont Stakes

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change

Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change

Social Entrepreneurship

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

Disease

Private mailmen are mapping Brazil's slums by hand because Google Maps can't

Handwritten algorithm gives addresses to the uncharted, for a monthly fee<p>Over 11 million people in Brazil, about 6 percent of the country's total population, live in slums of cities called <i>favelas</i>, according to the latest census figures. Among the myriad challenges that arise in these dense, …

How Wearables Are Being Used For Social Good

Even the Embrace, a sleeping-bag like device to keep premature babies warm, can be considered a wearable.<p>Most wearables are focused on feeding off of self obsession: How many miles you ran in a day, how much stress you’re feeling, how many hours you slept last night. And while there’s obvious value …

Wearable Tech

Why Fabien Cousteau Wants To Build An Underwater City

With 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, scientists barely understand life beneath the waves.<p>In the July 1963 issue of <i>Popular Science</i>, we detailed the work of Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer who was building the Conshelf II -- an underwater habitat where he would set a world record living under …

Scientists Are Using Twitter Data To Track Depression

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins have built an algorithm that uses Twitter to gather information about mental illness trends.<p>Researchers combed 8 billion public tweets for users who shared their diagnoses of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective …

Double amputee controls bionic arms with his mind

Prosthetic technology has made huge leaps in recent years, but the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is pushing it into <i>Six Million</i> …

Robotics

Louisiana's Moon Shot

Southeastern Louisiana might best be described as a layer cake made of Jell-O, floating in a swirling Jacuzzi of steadily warming, rising water. …

Entrepreneurship
P. T. Barnum

Art world abuzz over leadership shake-ups at Christie's, Sotheby's

Multimillion-dollar bidding wars are suspenseful, sure, but the real drama at Christie's and Sotheby's lately has been behind the scenes: The top executive at each of the fierce rivals — the biggest auction houses in the world — is stepping down.<p>The separate announcements have sent the art world …

Art

Modern art lovers make pilgrimage to Texas desert town

Marfa, Tex., is a town of just 2,000 but it has a large reputation among minimal artists. (Wikipedia)<p>During the 650-kilometre drive from San Antonio to Marfa, Tex., the question did occur to Barbara Astman.<p>Why Marfa?<p>Admittedly Ms. Astman, a celebrated Toronto artist and professor at OCAD …

West Texas

There is incredible, uplifting art sprouting up all around Ferguson

Protests against racial injustice in Ferguson, Missouri—and now, across the world—have dominated headlines in recent weeks. Amid all of the tension, …

Brazil

Stencil Art Across the Globe: From the Pretty to the Political

Made famous by the street artist Banksy, stencils have long been used as a method of protest across the world. Today, street stencils are just as much art as they are political activism. Here's a look at some standouts.

Street Art

Google Brings Museums to Your Smartphones: All You Need to Know

What to know about the mysterious 3200 Phaethon<p>Google is gearing up to bring museum exhibits at your fingertips -- literally! The company announced …

How Two Startups Hope to Turn Cancer Into (Just) a Chronic Disease

Blueprint and Foundation Medicine are leveraging increasingly powerful genomics tools to improve cancer diagnosis or treatments.<p>In a windowless conference room on the eastern edge of Cambridge, Mass., Nicolas Stransky scrolls down a database filled with genomic sequences from thousands of …

First Photo of the Long-Awaited Canon EF 100-400mm Version 2 Appears Online

Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM debuted in 1998, and over a decade and a half later we’re still waiting for a replacement. But we might not be …