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Depth of Field Preview Button Explained

Understanding the Depth of Field Preview Button<p>There’s a big possibility that you’ve seen this button before but you probably have no clue what it …

Digital Photography

The Best Kits for Teaching Kids How to Code

Who says learning code has to be boring?<p>Whether you're an experienced programmer or have never even touched a line of code, a kit designed to introduce basic coding skills can make a great gift for kids. These kits can teach everything from problem-solving skills to real programming languages that …

Raspberry Pi

Go take a virtual tour of the International Space Station right now

It's on Google Street View, and it looks incredible.<p>Google's street view takes us to some pretty wild places. From the comfort of your computer, you can visit a tiny train 'Wunderland', pilot the Millennium Falcon, rock climb in Yosemite, or zip line through a rainforest, among many, many other …

NASA

One-Third of Cases of Dementia May Be Due to Lifestyle

Rising rates of dementia have frustrated medical experts for years, but a new report suggests that adopting certain lifestyle changes could prevent …

Dementia

Nature.com

NEWS<p>Climate scientists flock to France’s call<p>President said ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ — and researchers signed up.<p>Declan Butler<p>Search for this …

Emmanuel Macron

The Story Behind Gustav Klimt’s Shimmering Symbolist Painting ‘The Kiss’

Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is known for his ethereal, pattern-rich portraits. Today, several of these canvases are considered masterpieces, though <i>This Kiss</i>, a particularly exquisite piece, seems to float above the rest.<p>Featuring shimmering gold tones, stylized forms, and sentimental iconography,</i> …

Art History

Volvo taps Nvidia’s hardware to put self-driving cars on the road by 2021

Another self-driving partnership gets on the road<p>Volvo has announced a new initiative to put its own self-driving cars on the road by 2021. The Swedish carmaker is teaming up with Autoliv (a Swedish-American firm that makes automotive safety systems) to develop the necessary software, while a …

Transportation

Next-gen Nissan Leaf launches September 5th; new photo teased

Nissan has been slowly teasing the next-generation Leaf EV, and will continue to do so over the course of the summer. We now know, though, when the teasing ends and the feature presentation begins, as the automaker announced on Twitter that the new Leaf premieres on September 5th.<p>The tweet also …

Nissan Leaf

Massive Two-Ton Fish Species Discovered

It took scientists four years to find the newest species of the world’s largest bony fish.<p>A new species of enormous ocean sunfish was discovered after an intensive search, making it the first species of this type of fish to be identified in 130 years.<p>Despite being the largest bony fish in the world …

Biological Species

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY-Philly-Baltimore-DC hyperloop

‘Verbal govt approval’<p>Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.<p>While we work to verify his claim, Musk is continuing to tweet more details …

Elon Musk

For the first time, Israel describes the aid work it carries out in Syria

GOLAN HEIGHTS — Israel made public for the first time Wednesday the extent of its humanitarian aid to the civilian population living just across its northern border in Syria.<p>It is well documented that Israel has provided emergency medical treatment to Syrian fighters seeking help. As many as 3,000 …

Israel

Experiment finds evidence for the Majorana fermion, a particle that's its own antiparticle

In 1928, physicist Paul Dirac made the stunning prediction that every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle - its identical twin …

Physics

Churchill tried to suppress Nazi plot to restore Edward VIII to British throne

PM sought US and French help to withhold publication of telegrams revealing German overtures to Duke and Duchess of Windsor, cabinet papers reveal<p>Winston Churchill wanted “to destroy all traces” of telegrams revealing a Nazi plot to reinstate the former King Edward VIII to the British throne in …

History

Converting carbon dioxide to methane using iron and sunlight

(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Université Paris Diderot in France and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina has discovered a …

Chemistry

Hiding in broad daylight: molecular and morphological data reveal a new ocean sunfish species (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae) that has eluded recognition | Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

The taxonomy of the ocean sunfishes (Molidae) has a complicated history. Currently, three genera and four species are recognized, including two in …

Biology

European rhinoceros beetle

The European rhinoceros beetle lives throughout mainland Europe; as far north as Scandinavia and spreads outwards towards Pakistan and North Africa. …

Insects

Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese

Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost …

Climate Change

Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic'

<b>US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.</b><p>It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.<p>The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a …

Recycling

Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made

Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny. However, robust global information, particularly …

Recycling

Press Freedom a Distant Dream in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

(YANGON, Myanmar) — In the old, military-ruled Myanmar, it would not have been a surprising scene: three journalists, bound together in chains, …

Asia

A beginner’s guide to the dark web

If you think search engines like Google and Bing let you probe the entire web, you’re totally wrong. You’re barely scratching the surface of the …

Encryption

India’s new solar-powered train is the first in the world

Solar panels embedded in the train feed into a battery that can power it for up to 72 hours<p>India is getting on board with solar.<p>The first of the country’s solar-powered trains has begun service, running a 12.5-mile route from Delhi’s Safdarjung station to Farukh Nagar in the country’s north. The …

Trains

Money-Saving Tips for Beginning Photographers

Since the smartphone revolution, just about everyone has become a photographer. Phone photography, along with Instagram, has inspired millions to …

Photography

Chiang Kai-shek: The man who lost to Chairman Mao in China's bitter civil war

China's civil war was a battle between communism and capitalism.<p>Two men, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, led armies fighting for different visions of the future of China.<p>When Chiang Kai-shek lost, he and his followers retreated to Taiwan. Gen Hau Pei-tsun, a close aide, remembers the nationalist …

China

In the next 30 years, we’ll make four times more plastic waste than we ever have

Seventy years ago, plastic was barely used outside of the military. Today, we can’t live without it. And over the next 30 years, we may produce four …

Recycling

Engineered Human Liver Tissue Grows in Mice

Tissue 'seeds' made up of three cell types and patterned onto a scaffold develop into complex structures with some organ function, researchers show.

Past extinctions point to a current and future biodiversity crisis

Rapid climate change is a unifying feature of ancient mass extinctions – how bad might it be now?<p>At one level extinction normal and natural. Most of the diversity of life on Earth that has ever existed is now gone, and all species will one day pass from being extant to being extinct. But although …

Ecology

A Determined Young Man Rides His Unicycle 3,400 Miles Across China Over the Course of Six Months

by Lori Dorn at on<p>A very determined 21 year old British man named Ed Pratt, who began an amazing worldwide trek upon his unicycle in 2015, very …

China

Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes

Immunization can stop resistant infections before they get started, say scientists from industry and academia.<p>The battle against drug-resistant …

Public Health

Radial glial cells in Bilateria | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences

• Arendt D,<br>• Tosches MA,<br>• Marlow H<p>. 2016 From nerve net to nerve ring, nerve cord and brain—evolution of the nervous system.Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 17, 61–72. …