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Taking Your Photography Outside of Your Comfort Zone

New photographers sometimes jump in and photograph everything they can. They will photograph a wedding one-day and commercial real estate on another. …

Nine Months in Two Minutes: A Creative Stop-Motion Pregnancy Time-Lapse

There’s nothing boring about the miracle of life. Growing somebody inside you in nine months is undeniably miraculous, but watching it happen in real …

Stock Site Stats Reveal the Most Popular Cameras Among Stock Photographers

About a week ago, the stock photography website Dreamstime got in touch with us to offer us some exclusive information. Having recently added a …

8 Ways to Create a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Spaces for cooking and congregating.<p>Create a space for kids and adults to cook, chat, and congregate with these designer tips.

Oculus of Trees: Lush Courtyard Separates Two Homes

A two-story courtyard featuring an oculus for six willow trees, surrounded by a peaceful reflecting pool on the upper level, provides a sense of …

Google Glass: The Next Step in Computer Evolution AND Maybe Even Human Evolution?

Out of the corner of your eye a new car catches your attention.<p>You ask yourself: <i>“Ok, Glass, what model of car?”</i>In your head you hear, Glass: <i>“a 2013 BMW 750i.”</i>You: <i>“Ok Glass, how much?”</i>Glass: <i>“$127,186 pre-owned, available at a BMW dealership 1.5 km away.”</i>You are then guided directly to the car dealer …

25 Lovely Blue Jay Pictures

Blue Jays are one of the few bird species that rarely migrate. They can endure through cold, snowy weather, though they still migrate unpredictably …

READ THIS - Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work

In his posthumous book, <i>Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work</i><i>,</i> Jonathan Rowe writes:<p><i>To get to San Francisco from where</i> …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

A glimpse into the process behind DRAW Architecture's impeccable work.<p>Submit your very best architectural works for a chance to be published internationally by Phaidon.<p>Submit your best work today: The extended entry deadline is May 25th!<p>The phrase "less is more" has never been more apt.<p>Delta …

Architecture

Why do identical twins end up having such different lives?

Barbara Oliver has had an intriguing relationship with her identical twin sister, Christine, over the decades. Throughout their childhoods, they were …

Technology, Business and Nature: An Economic Primer on Winners and Losers

What is the true value to the world of a vulnerable cheetah? Nobody knows. Is there a way to determine it? What cost/benefits analysis could possibly be applied in order to discern so esoteric and critical a determination? This sums up the ecological crisis we’re in. Is there a way out?<p>Last week, …

Economics

Three Reasons The Economy Is Sicker Than You Think

Some economic indicators are showing signs of life, but real growth, it seems, is getting harder to find.<p>To recap the, er, good news:<p>— Home prices are up 10% from a year ago.<p>— Car and light truck sales climbed 7%.<p>— New jobless claims are at a 5-year low (though the unemployment rate is still a …

Steampunk Sphere Home is a Prefab Disaster Shelter

Powered with wind and solar energy, this spherical home on five stilts is a self-sufficient, sustainable prefabricated shelter that can withstand …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …