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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

The 51 Coolest Cars Ever Made

We're not saying these are the best cars ever built. We're saying these are the ones you lust after.<p>We're not saying these are the best cars ever built. We're saying these are the ones you lust after.

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

How to Make a DIY Camera Slider for $75 In Less than 3 Hours

How do you build a quality DIY camera slider on the cheap? Who better to ask than the founder of a slider company? In the video above, Rhino Camera …

The 17 best drone videos that gave a whole new perspective to 2014

Drone photography came into its own this year.<p>Quadcopters with cameras got better and cheaper, turning more people into drone hobbyists and professional aerial videographers. Drones were used for cityscapes, nature walks, concerts, real estate listings, disaster surveys, Olympic sports—even …

Drones

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

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English Bulldog is the friendliest motorcycle passenger ever

Dogs are man's best friend, and motorcycles are a ton of fun to ride. Combine the two of them, and the result might be even better than either one alone.<br>Just look at this happy pup. This might not be the safest thing we've ever seen, but it is adorable, especially since the owner was kind enough to …

Citizen pulls over unmarked WA police car, education ensues

Dog bites man, that's not news. Man bites dog, now <i>that's</i> news. Or so goes the old newspaper adage, and we see it manifested all the time. Take this latest video clip for example. While it wouldn't usually be news to see a cop pulling over a motorist, seeing a motorist pulling over a cop and asking …

Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the …

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).<p>Can a scientist in an …

The Brain

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Tutorial: A Quick Way to Add a Subtle Punch to Your Photos’ Color In Lightroom

Photographer Trevor Dayley has put together a very handy little tutorial to give your photographs that extra ‘pop’ of color in Adobe Lightroom or …

Mesmerizing Photos of the Miniature World of Colorful Tropical Frogs

Some recent macro photography to come out of the internet is from Wil Mijer, a gifted photographer based in the Netherlands who has a special …

Zoology

Heartwarming Photo Series Shows the Tender Side of Pit Bulls

Mention pit bulls and you normally get a reaction of how these are some of the most vicious of dog breeds. Acclaimed pet trainer Caesar Milan was …

Why Photography is Such a Fun Hobby

It’s a simple question. Why am I taking pictures? What’s so special about photography compared to other visual art forms?<p>I’m not writing this to give …

The Ronin 47: If Batman rode a Buell 1125

If you felt cheated when the Buell 1125 went out of production in 2010, you’re in luck. You can now buy a factory-fresh superbike based on the 1125—and it looks like a machine straight out of <i>The Dark Knight</i>.<p>The Buell 1125 cost $11,695 a few years ago and the Ronin 47 costs $38,000, but you do get a …

In Praise of the Classic Straight-Six Engine

The accountants want fewer cylinders. The engineers want smooth engines. The compromise? A good straight six.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Kagan McLeod)</i><p>The V-8 engine has long ruled the world of luxury cars, thanks to glass-smooth grunt and a delicious howl under duress. But tightening fuel-economy regulations …

Focus stacking in Photoshop - How to get any depth of field you need

<b>Left:</b> Single exposure (focus on the front-most droplet) <b><br>Right:</b> Focus-stacked and post-processed (entire subject in focus)<p>In the video tutorial below, …

5 Business Mistakes Photographers Make and What You Can Do About Them

Why do some professional photographers fail to make it in business?<p>If you can’t cut it technically or artistically as a photographer, then clearly …

Tutorial: Easily Focus-Stack Using a Photoshop Feature You Probably Didn’t Know About

Focus stacking is a fairly common technique used in the world of macro photography, but the process of focus stacking isn’t always a straightforward …

I Grew Up the Son of an Islamic Jihadist

On November 5, 1990, an Arab gunman assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane during a speech at Marriot Hotel in New York City. My mother woke me up the minute …

How to fix your underexposed photos in Photoshop

Yes, we should all try to get the exposure right for every single photo we take. But hey, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Maybe you’re in a hurry or …

Tutorials

How to create HDR images using only Photoshop layer masks

Slide back and forth to compare<p>Creating an HDR image is typically involved with a quite time-consuming workflow that consists of merging, …

Tutorials

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

25 Most Influential People in History By Attribute

Have you ever participated in a debate about who are the most influential people in history? This is a topic that usually leads to further discussion …

Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Behold, the wonders of petrichor.<p>"Petrichor" is the wonderful word that describes the wonderful scent of the air after a rain shower. It comes, like so many wonderful words do, from the ancient Greek: a combination of <i>ichor</i>, the "ethereal essence" the Greeks believed flowed through the veins of …