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How Does Depth of Field Work?

When you’re first getting into photography, it can be a bit tough to truly understand how depth of field works. There are a number of factors that go …

Cameras

William McDonough Wants To Change The Way We Talk About Carbon

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>“Carbon is not the enemy.” So says designer William McDonough, the author and architect and inventor of the concept of …

Sustainability

Should We Abolish Business Class To Save the Planet?

The aviation sector has committed itself to carbon neutral growth by 2020, but so far the plan is floundering. With the environmental cost of flying on the rise, something has to be done.<p>Commercial aviation is now a$700 billion industry that sees a flight take off nearly every second and moves more …

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

Top Ten Episodes of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' - GeekMom

Reading Time: 6 minutes<p>This was the hardest list for me to put together. Not only does <i>Deep Space Nine</i> have a lot of quality episodes, it is the most …

Top 10 Episodes of 'Star Trek: Voyager' - GeekMom

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p><i>Voyager</i> is my favorite Trek. Favorite crew, favorite captain, favorite series. I describe it as a show about misfits who …

A psychologist says interviews are a terrible way to hire — here's what you should do instead

"But as it turns out, interviews are a disastrous tool for gauging potential," says Ron Friedman, a psychologist and author of "The Best Place To Work." "For one thing, it's because over 80% of people lie during interviews. That means the information you're collecting in an interview is suspect at …

Employment

How We Can Finally Get to Mars

America is taking its sweet time about getting to Mars. In 1969, shortly after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the prediction was that we’d have boots on …

This Obscenely Fancy Mega Yacht Is Almost Too Gorgeous To Look At

You've been warned. 🙈<p>We’re always looking for affordable ways to take a break, even on the high seas. But hey, it never hurts to dream about life on a 590-foot mega-yacht, too.<p>Behold the 108M mega-yacht concept from Hareide Design Norway. This massive ship is designed with its own elevated dining …

Food & Dining

Why green vehicles aren't all that popular

When it comes to automotive technology, green cars are certainly the latest trend yet, despite all the talk about the latest Tesla, many of us still don’t actually drive such a vehicle.<p>Electric vehicles – or EVs for short – are certainly greener and the benefits speak for themselves. They don’t …

Electric Vehicles

Tired, tetchy, low sex drive? You could have 'adrenal fatigue'

Most doctors don't believe 'adrenal fatigue' even exists. Others say it can affect everything from your sleep to your skin. The good news? It's curable. Plus: four ways for busy people to destress<p>Four years ago, if you’d met me you would have found little out of the ordinary: a woman rushing around …

How To Coach Your Brain To Stop Being Mad At Someone

You’re mad as hell and you can’t take it anymore! Lucky for you, you don’t have to.<p>You and a coworker–or, for that matter, a relative, partner, or friend–had a falling out. The wounds are still fresh. You’re still angry. And every time you see or even think of that person, you seethe. Maybe plenty …

This short documentary shows how astronomers hope to find the next habitable planets

Trying to discover habitable planets isn't just for science fiction anymore<p>Just a couple of decades ago, the very idea that there were other planets orbiting stars throughout the universe was something that belonged to science fiction. However, recent research has shown not only are there other …

Universe

This is what would happen if a comet smacked into Earth

But while dust-size bits of comets sizzling through our atmosphere put on a pretty awesome show, the consequences of Earth confronting one of these comets head-on could actually be pretty disastrous.<p>It's not something that you should be worried about, of course. NASA is on the lookout for any …

Extinction

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on Earth.<p>This venerable ancestor was a single-cell, bacterium-like organism. But it has a grand …

25 Of The Biggest (And Grossest) Cleaning Mistakes You're Making

You've got the tools, but it's all about how you use them.<p>You've got the tools, but it's all about how you use them.

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil again

Brazil’s battle with Facebook over its encrypted messaging app, WhatsApp, continues to rage.<p>A Brazilian judge ordered telephone companies to cut off access to WhatsApp in the country after Facebook declined to provide chat logs related to a criminal investigation, Globo reports. Because WhatsApp …

Privacy

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

But it's partially our fault because we've been charging them wrong this whole time.<p>Many of us have an ingrained notion that charging our smartphones in small bursts will cause long-term damage to their batteries, and that it's better to charge them when they're close to dead.<p>But we couldn't be …

Tech Trends

Every time The Simpsons predicted the future – ranked in order of weirdness

They’ve done it again. The folks behind <i>The Simpsons</i> are basically fortune tellers. This week, it was announced that Disney had agreed a deal to buy a …

The Internal Combustion Engine -- Is The End In Sight?

When Volkswagen engineers were challenged to enable small diesel engines to meet stringent U.S. standards for nitrogen oxide pollution, they tried, tried, and failing -- cheated.<p>Now VW has agreed to one of the largest pollution penalties in history -- whose hidden underside is that the engineers …

See the New USS Enterprise in Mind-Blowing Detail

The USS Enterprise is getting an upgrade for Star Trek Beyond, out July 22.<p>The newest voyage to the final frontier, Star Trek Beyond, comes to theaters on July 22. In addition to the <i>Enterprise</i>, which will have new escape pods inspired by the destruction of the USS Kelvin in the 2009 movie, <i>Beyond</i> …

These are the questions you should always ask during a job interview

The questions YOU ask during a job interview are just as important as the answers you give.<p>Popular life stories<p>Knowing which questions to ask at a …

24 super honest Father's Day cards for every type of dad

If you can't find dad a worthy Father's Day present this year, don't worry — at least you'll be able to get him the perfect card.<p>With the perfect …

The battery miracle will transform both transportation and power generation

Low-cost, high-performance electric batteries are a game changer for the two key clean energy sectors: power generation and transportation. They …

Electric Vehicles

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

Formula One technology that’s made its way off the track

By Sarah Griffiths<p>Commuting to work in a lacklustre run-around, you may think your life is far removed from the likes of Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian …

Formula One

Wedding Photography Shot List

For many people, photography is one of the most important elements for any wedding. The bride and groom will generally be so busy during the wedding …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

Your ultimate guide to Helmut Newton

Nobody has made quite the lasting impression on fashion imagery as Helmut Newton. Hired by <i>French Vogue</i> in the 1950s before being propelled to fame in the 1970s, Newton came to be renowned for his controversial scenarios, hypersexualised imagery and striking compositions. With elements of his work …