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Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer review – a disturbing study

Arthur Lubow’s life of the controversial US photographer is sometimes eye-opening, but casts no new light on her troubled genius<p>“My favourite thing,” Diane Arbus once said, “is to go where I’ve never been.” As Arthur Lubow’s deeply researched, sometimes prurient, new biography of the artist …

Meet Monika Mogi, Tokyo's Photography Prodigy

At just 22, she has an impressive list of credits and the photo skills to back them up.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>I met Monika Mogi a few years ago in LA while we were both nervously standing around at the Ardorous/Rookie group show in which we both had work. Her boyfriend had …

Photographer Captures the Ruins of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Russian urban exploration photographer Ralph Mirebs recently paid a visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where inside a giant abandoned hangar are …

Space Exploration

Christopher Nolan explains Inception's ending: 'I want you to chase your reality'

British director says the much-debated final ‘spinning top’ scene of his 2010 brainteasing blockbuster is about the subjective nature of reality<p>Christopher Nolan has finally explained the controversial “spinning top” ending to his critically acclaimed science fiction blockbuster Inception.<p>Speaking …

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Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to lead tributes to those who died in Japan's worst peace-time disaster.<p>A national moment of silence is to follow the cry of tsunami alarm sirens which will …

Radioactive Fukushima Water Leak Was Unreported for Months: Official

World<p>TOKYO — The operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted it failed to report a radioactive rainwater leak from the facility for about 10 months.<p>The company noticed a spike in radiation levels in the plant's drainage system, particularly after rainfall, in April, …

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Britain Launches First Driverless Car—And It’s Precious

Google's self-driving cars face some cute competition<p>Britain’s first driverless car doesn’t look like a car at all. The electric-powered LUTZ Pathfinder launched Wednesday, wandering the sidewalks of London’s Greenwich neighborhood, and it’s closer in appearance to a runaway cockpit of a small …

Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel

The robot will check you in, take your bags, and escort you to your room in a new Japanese hotel that hopes to free itself of human employees.<p>The …

Robotics

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Should New York Release Sex Offenders?

As New York state considers releasing sex offenders previously held in civil commitment, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner's research on the Depravity Standard asks the public to consider how to judge the worst crimes people can commit.<p><i>Illustration by Amanda Lanzone</i><p>Under a New York state …

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not communicate with Earth and scientists lost contact.<p>The discovery images come from the HiRISE camera on Nasa’s …

This USB wall charger secretly logs keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards nearby

Privacy and security researcher Samy Kamkar has released a keylogger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cleverly hidden in what appears to be a rather large, but functioning USB wall charger. Called KeySweeper, the stealthy Arduino-based device can sniff, decrypt, log, and report back all keystrokes …

A mood-changing headset, Thync, that uses electrodes to perk you up

Alcohol and coffee are about to get competition from a set of electrodes you wear on your head. Branded the Thync, the calming effect it produces is comparable to how you feel after an alcoholic drink, while the energising effect is similar to a cup of coffee, says Isy Goldwasser, the CEO and …

Sony Officially Announces the a7II in the US! Will Ship in Time for Christmas

The Sony a7II and its impressive 5-axis in-body stabilization has generated a ton of well-deserved buzz since it was officially announced. There’s …

This Sports Photographer Missed an Incredible Catch and Got Fired… Except He Didn’t… and He Didn’t

“I got fired on Twitter last night.” That’s how NJ.com photographer Andrew Mills starts his side of a story that went viral on social media two days …

Open Letter to Client Regarding the ‘Job Killer’ Quoted Rate

Hello Potential Client,<p>Regarding your last email in which you said:<p><i>“… if they (your client) saw the $700/ $1400 a day fee for the photographer they</i> …

Follow Around Justin Borucki as He Captures Wet Plate Collodion Street Photography

Photographer Justin Borucki has spent the better part of a year and a half capturing Chinatown through the age old process of wet plate collodion …

Sony’s Rumored APCS Technology, Not All It Was Cracked Up To Be?

Today, we have some interesting new information regarding Sony’s APCS (Active Pixel Color Sampling) sensor, which we first told you about earlier …

11 Incredible Photography Tips That Have Nothing to Do with the Camera You Use

The great team at Artifact Uprising has created a strong list of tips by some of the top mobile photographers on Instagram. Having been engulfed in …

This High Speed Camera Can Capture 4K at a Mind-Bending 900fps

One of the biggest challenges of shooting 4K Ultra HD footage is the sheer amount of data you’re processing. That’s about 30 8MP photos coming into …

What Photographers Really Should Be Learning in School

A few weeks ago, we shared what 7 top photographers said they wished they had learned in school. Unsurprisingly, many mentioned a desire to have …

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I Ditched My iPhone For A Samsung Galaxy S5 And Was Blown Away By What I Was Missing With Apple

Until recently, I was a loyal Apple customer, with two MacBooks and an iPhone 5. But I recently moved from New York to London, and that meant I needed a new phone number. But my iPhone was locked, preventing that from happening.<p>So I decided to get a new phone. I really wanted a big, 5.7-inch iPhone …

From prey to predator: how I got justice after sexual assault

My obsession with animals pre-existed any trauma in my life. As a five-year-old, I wrote a fully illustrated book titled Tigger Maskkir, about circus animals that revolt and eat the clowns. My teachers thought I was becoming deranged, but my mother explained that it had been going on since before …

Wolverine is going to die, and I couldn’t care less

<i>Anghus Houvouras on why he couldn’t care less about the upcoming Death of Wolverine…</i><p>When I first start reading comic books, the idea of a character …

How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature …