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6 Tips to Make Great Photographs with the iPhone 6

When you leave home and hit the road, be it for work, play, or pretty much anything you set out to do, you should always carry a camera. There is a …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Queen Elizabeth Becomes Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II

Web Development Reading List #100

10 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Google Maps can now tell you if it’s worth installing solar panels on your roof

Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could …

Photographer Creates Spectacular Mini Thunderstorms with Tesla Sparks

Photographer Marc Simon Frei has embarked on an electrifying new series featuring spectacular sparks indoors. He's like a modern day Zeus, the way he generates bolts lightning, charging through each frame. The experimental photographer captures his energetic effect by arcing objects to a Tesla coil …

How did the Turin Shroud get its image?

<b>On Sunday, Pope Francis will "venerate" the famous Shroud of Turin, which is thought by some to be the burial wrapping of Jesus Christ - and by others to be a medieval fake. Whatever it is, it's a mystery how the cloth came to bear the image of a man. Science writer Philip Ball discusses the</b> …

I have £330,000 invested - but my wife would struggle if I died

A 70-something couple prepare for the eventuality of one of their deaths. The Pension Doctor gives a diagnosis<p>- Full list of today's personal finance stories<p>Roger Gibbard, 78, retired from his job as a statistician 15 years ago. His wife, Ann, is 79 and hasn't worked since 1969 when she gave up her …

How to Conserve Phone Battery on the Road

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> editor at large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p>Here’s his latest advice:<p><b>Reader question:</b> My smartphone won’t last the day when …

The UK is scrapping one of its most successful renewable energy subsidies

In the year 2000, some European countries were already pioneering the big build of one renewable energy technology, onshore wind. The UK wasn’t one of them. Instead, German, Danish, and Spanish turbines accounted for 85% of the wind energy (pdf) produced in the EU, supported by national subsidy …

Renewable Energy

4 Ways To Train Your Mind For Better Photography

All your gear, including your camera, are tools you use to capture great images. That is a fact – nothing new about it. However, any of these tools …

Earth & Sky Photo Contest winners capture jaw-dropping auroras and star trails

Auroras, the clouds of the Milky Way and trails of stars shine overhead in the remarkable photos chosen as winners of the 6th International Earth & …

Destiny: The Taken King's Story Soars to New Heights

When developer Bungie announced Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, I was skeptical of its story. I was not particularly impressed with the narrative in the base game. But I was able to go hands-on with the first mission in The Taken King, and I came away believing that Bungie is pushing hard …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Apps

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

How to protect your Facebook profile picture

No matter how securely you've locked down your Facebook account, you can't make your profile pic and cover photo private.<p>Whatever Facebook's reasons for the policy -- maybe it's just so you could verify an acquaintance's identity before adding them as a friend -- it's long been a part of the social …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Fire Fighting

Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …

The next version of Android is on its way. But what will it be called?

Android ‘M’ will be announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, but will the M stand for Maltesers, Mars, Milky Way or Marmite?<p>Google’s next version of Android, codenamed “M”, will be announced later this month, the company’s developer conference schedule has revealed.<p>Multiple mentions …

How Elf Rights Activists Are Influencing Iceland’s Infrastructure

Concern for the “hidden people” is stalling construction projects around Iceland. After an 8-year battle, a sacred elf rock has been moved.<p>Moving a large rock out of the path of a construction site isn’t usually a newsworthy event. But the the relocation of a 50-ton boulder in the barren Gálgahraun …

Urbanism

Flying SUX! The Weirdest Stories Behind Our Airport Codes

You see them everywhere: On highway signs, plane tickets, and even humblebraggy Twitter updates. Some are obvious and some make no sense. But what do …

Airports

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Auroras Reveal Buried Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Auroras wrapped around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, have confirmed that a salty ocean hides beneath the world’s surface.<p>The observations, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, add Ganymede to a long list of places in the solar …

Jupiter

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow<p>Water is the driving force of all nature, …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they are imprinted on the brain. An experiment charted the nerve cell …

Death Row

Revamped Google Contacts gains visual refresh and gets rid of duplicate entries

Google has released a preview to Google Contacts in Gmail that brings a much-needed visual refresh and a number of new features to make our lives easier. The service will now pool together all of your contacts, circles, and most frequently-contacted users in Gmail to make it easier to find certain …

How to Stop Checking Your Phone Like an Addict

<i>Max Ogles is the author of Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology and he writes at MaxOgles.com about behavior change, psychology, and technology. Sign up to receive his free app guide, ‘117 Apps to Help You Create Good Habits,’ or receive free updates about his latest essays.</i><p>On …

Disability

If you like HTTP then you'll love HTTP 2.0

An update to one of the web's basic protocols offers faster browsing<p>Most internet users don't consider the protocols that underpin the web anymore than they do the stitching in their socks, but a major update to HTTP — the protocol that lets browsers download websites from servers — will affect …