Molly Knight Raskin

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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 …

Art Collectors Predict ‘Stampede’ to Cuba

With the U.S. and Cuba restoring diplomatic ties, some art-world cognoscenti are betting that the tiny island could become the next hot corner of the global art market<p>With the U.S. and Cuba restoring diplomatic ties, some art-world cognoscenti are betting that the tiny island could become the next …

Cuba

Navajo Version of ‘Finding Nemo’ Aims to Promote Native Language

Tribe Adapts Animated Movie to Revive Use of Language Among Young<p>By<p>Dan Frosch<p>Dan Frosch<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@djfroschWSJ<p>dan.frosch@wsj.com<p>WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.— Carmelita Lowe stared down at a script inside a makeshift theater on the Navajo reservation and did her best to sound like a …

Star Wars

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 slums...

New York’s Latest Big Stud: Big Brown

One-Time Triple Crown Contender Seen as Boon to the State’s Breeding Industry<p>The latest sports celebrity to call New York home is Big Brown, winner of the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.<p>A champion runner who went undefeated until he faltered at the Belmont Stakes, Big Brown arrived on …

Hudson Valley

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

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 …

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 …

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> …

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. …

Mississippi River

Universities Push Harder Into Realm of Startups

Aim Is to Show Value of Academic Research, But Success Can Be Elusive<p>Universities are stepping up efforts to create “spinouts,” or business startups born from some of the cutting-edge research of their students or faculty.<p>Some schools are creating funds that help cover startup costs. Others are …

Startups

This Gift to Tufts Isn’t a White Elephant Exactly, but It Has Some Big Issues

P.T. Barnum’s ‘Jumbo,’ a Stuffed Animal, Burned Down; Rebuilding in Bronze, Slowly<p>By<p>Melissa Korn<p>When Dick Reynolds contemplated a six-figure gift to Tufts University, he knew it wouldn’t be enough for a new building or even a wing. But he was thinking big.<p>So he commissioned an 11- by 18-foot bronze …

Natural History Museum

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 …

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 …

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, …

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.

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

Close<p>Google is gearing up to bring museum exhibits at your fingertips -- literally! The company announced on Dec. 10 that it has established a …

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 …