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Dynamic Range and Contrast in Photography

HDR photography allows one to stretch one’s creative approach to the photographic image in ways that never before seemed possible. Like any approach, …

Here's How to Decide When a Photo Should be Black and White

Imagine this scenario: you've had a productive and enjoyable day out shooting — a couple of landscapes and cityscapes, some architecture shots, a bit …

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Our Skin's Sense Of Time Helps Protect Against UV Damage

We all feel the biological master clock, ticking deep within our brains, that tells us when to sleep and when to wake.<p>Well, it turns out that our skin cells have a circadian rhythm of their own. Researchers have found that depending on the time of day, our skin's stem cells busy themselves with …

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

A distant solar system had the ingredients to support life, study finds

Signs of life-sustaining planets pop up beside a dying star<p>In a solar system over 100 light years from Earth, researchers have spotted one of the building blocks of life-sustaining planets. That building block may not sound like much: just a single asteroid containing a lot of water. But it's this …

Elephants know what it means to point, no training needed

Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews.<p>The new study, …

Biology's Big Problem: There's Too Much Data to Handle

Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of …

Stellar Graveyard Shows Signs of Possible (Past) Life

The next time you gaze up at the night sky, remember that you’re looking at a graveyard. The Milky Way is studded with dead stars, from black holes …

CERN cloud experiment sheds doubt on climate-skeptic theory

Scientists at CERN have been throwing world-class technology and researchers at a simple question: what makes clouds form? A new paper from the so-called CLOUD group has unearthed two important discoveries concerning the effects of ionizing radiation and amine vapors on cloud formation.<p>Only a …

Peter Higgs went to lunch while Nobel physics prize was announced

Peter Higgs first heard he had won the world's most famous science prize when an old neighbour stopped him on the street a few yards from his top-floor Georgian flat in Edinburgh.<p>Higgs, a self-effacing theoretical physicist who values his privacy, had quite deliberately disappeared last Tuesday …

Nasa admits mistake over Chinese scientists' conference ban

Chinese scientists who were barred from a Nasa conference next month on the grounds of national security may now be allowed to attend after the head of the US space agency admitted it had been a mistake to refuse their applications.<p>Charlie Bolden, Nasa's chief administrator, has ordered a review of …

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

Research provides new insight into how the Earth's core was formed

"A complex, multi-stage process."<p>Scientists have long puzzled over just how the core of our planet was formed, and new research out of Stanford University suggests that it could have been a long and complicated process. The research shows that the core could have been formed through a process …

Lasers 3-D Print A Home For Bacteria

Microscopic bacteria cages contain communities for study.<p>Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are building a zoo. You can't visit its inhabitants, or look inside, but it's filled with cages where entire communities can thrive. Microscopic cages. Made out of what's basically Jell-O. Oh, …

Habits: why we have them and how to break them

The index card<p>Psychology<p><b>The index card:</b> Dr Benjamin Gardner provides 10 facts about habits, including their purpose, speed of acquisition and why you might need to move house<p>First published on Sun 13 Oct 2013 02.00 EDT<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>Topics<p>Psychology<br>• The index card

Nobel Prizes and Science: Theory, experiment, chicken, egg

Theory can sometimes seem to be a long way ahead of experiment. Forty-eight years passed between the postulation of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism (by which particles could have mass yet still respect the symmetries required of a reasonable quantum field theory), and the discovery of the Higgs …

Chrome stores some sensitive data in plaintext, but Google says it's supposed to

A flaw in Google's Chrome browser could find it storing personal details that users don't expect to be recorded. The security firm Identity Finder reports that Chrome will sometimes store data that's been entered into secure websites, and that it'll store that data in plaintext so that anyone can …

Google Play charts to show tablet-optimized Android apps by default on bigger devices

Google isn't done trying to improve exposure for tablet-optimized Android apps. As of November 21st, Google Play will default to showing "Designed for tablets" apps when owners of those bigger devices browse top lists. Customers can still find phone-sized software if they like, but those titles …

Extreme Big Data: Beyond Zettabytes And Yottabytes

If we’re going to talk about big data—and it’s one of the most important discussions in business today—we better all speak the same language. In the hierarchy of big data, there are petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes. After that, things get murky.<p>The challenge is only partly one of …

Linux only needs one 'killer' game to explode, says Battlefield director

It would only take one "killer" game for the Linux platform to explode its way into mainstream gaming, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson told Polygon, revealing that the development studio would "strongly" like to get into Linux.<p>"We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," Gustavsson …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Is The Moto X More Innovative Than The New iPhone? Researchers Think So

The dictionary defines “innovative” as something that features new methods, is advanced, and original. That being said, how much more original is the new Moto X smartphone than the iPhone 5C and 5S? Much more, according to analysts at ABI Research, who published the results of their teardown of the …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

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Early 20th Century Paris In Amazing Color

Before the days of Photoshop, Instagram filters and instant home-editing software, there was little that could be done to adequately convey the …

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