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Amazingly Realistic Drawings Created with Ballpoint Pens

When we first saw Portugal-based artist Samuel Silva's portrait, <i>Redhead Girl</i>, most of us were completely in awe of how Silva (aka VianaArts) could achieve such amazing details with just a handful of everyday pens.<p>Since that time, the patient and skilled artist has developed an extensive collection …

Drawing

40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

Northern Lights Setting Skies Alight: Viewer's Guide to 2014's First Big Aurora Borealis Display

Solar flare may spark bright auroras to delight sky-watchers.<p>The celebrated northern lights illuminate skies with unearthly glows that have long thrilled sky-watchers. A solar flare promises more displays of the aurora borealis in coming days.<p>Thanks to advance warnings from space weather …

Throwback Thursday: Leonardo DiCaprio's best movie moments

His portrayal of <b>Kate Winslet's</b> doomed suitor Jack Dawson in <i>Titanic</i> made <b>Leonardo Di Caprio</b> the ultimate big screen heartthrob of the late …

Did Polaroid Screw Up The Real-Life Instagram Camera?

Polaroid copies Instagram copying Polaroid, poorly.<p>Polaroid’s story over the past decade or so has been an ironic one, to say the least. Buffeted on all sides by cheap digital cameras and smartphones, the instant camera maker opted to stop production of its iconic analog camera and instant film …

Mobile Photography

This video is the ultimate geek's marriage proposal. Robert Fink, a web developer from Oregon, designed an entire computer game to propose to his girlfriend Angel White. After dating for two and a half years, he created Knight Man: A quest for love for her. It took him five months to write the software for the game and the help of two friends before asking her to test the game. It is only when her character collects a gold ring at 2'20 that it starts to become clear what is about to happen. Watch the video here: http://fw.to/qdWjnIJ

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

South Africa and the world mourns the passing of iconic statesman Nelson Mandela

<p>South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader <b>Nelson Mandela</b>, who <b>passed away</b> on Thursday aged 95.<p><b>CLICK ON</b> …

South Africa

The Media's Representation of Women in 2013 Is Just Wrong

Jennifer Lawrence and <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> may be burning up the box office, but a new video shows there is a startlingly long way to go …

Stars Tweet Memories and Goodbyes to Paul Walker

Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in Valencia, Calif., was best known for his roles in <i>The Fast and the Furious</i> films, but …

The 10 most shocking performance artworks ever

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky's nailing of his scrotum to Red Square isn't as unique as you might think: artists have shot, burned, disfigured, and eaten themselves<p>Artist Pyotr Pavlensky has made eyes water all over the world with his protest against Russia's descent into authoritarianism – …

Hey, I Need to Know what ISO Means — I’m Shooting a Wedding in an Hour

I grew up without the Internet.<p>When I was young and starting out in the business, I had no Internet, although I did have a computer. It was an Apple …

How I Shot My 'Mini World' Image

Over on our Facebook page this week we shared our recent ‘Small World‘ post featuring some of our readers shots of miniature figurines shot in larger …

Miniature

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

Eric Lanlard's chocolate and raspberry tart

SERVES<p>6<p>PREPARATION TIME<p>25 minutes, plus chilling and cooling<p>COOKING TIME<p>25 minutes<p>INGREDIENTS<p>175g plain flour, plus extrafor dusting<br>• 50g cocoa powder<br>• 50g golden icing sugar<br>• 150g unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing<br>• 3 egg yolks<br>• 1 tsp vanilla extract<br>• 500g raspberries<p><b>For the ganache</b><p>200g dark …

Wedding cakes: the hottest trends and predictions from the experts

<p>Choosing the wedding cake is one of the more fun parts of wedding planning, but a lot of thought goes into the design before the final masterpiece …

Weddings

Five cakes that will impress your boss

A survey suggests a quarter of office bakers are trying to get into their boss's good books. Here are five treats guaranteed to impress your colleagues.<p>Britain is the grip of a baking frenzy, as those of us who work in offices know all too well.<p>Rare are the days when a colleague isn’t tempting us …

You've Never Seen The Alps Like This Before (PHOTOS)

Load up your camping gear -- these photos will make you yearn for the mountains.<p>Italian Lukas Furlan, a student at the Vienna University of Technology, took these photos while hiking in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. When not in school in Austria, he tries to "hike as much as …

Poppyseed cake with lemon topping recipe

Spelt flour, poppyseeds and lemon make a deliciously fragrant cake.<p><i>Serves 8-10</i><p>This recipe came about when I visited a friend and had tea in her garden. Sitting in the shade of her lime tree, sipping tea and enjoying a lazy summer afternoon, I noticed some wonderful purple poppies, so delicate and …

Northern Lights 'best for a decade' in December

Senior NASA scientists have predicted that the current period of solar maximum activity will reach a new peak in December – affording travellers to the far north the best possible conditions for seeing the Northern Lights in the next decade.<p>On an official NASA video, Todd Hoeksema, the Director of …

The Trippiest Time Lapse Video We've Ever Seen

The night sky + weird dragon sculptures = total mind screw<p>Just in case the cosmos are not fantastic enough for you: This new video shows time lapses of the night sky over enormous metal dragons, dinosaurs and other creatures in Galleta Meadows in the desert town of Borrego Springs, California.<p>The …

Pope Francis' Ramadan Greetings For Eid Al-Fitr Sets Interfaith Example

Pope Francis personally reached out to Muslims around the world with Eid al-Fitr greetings for the holiday that concludes the holy month of Ramadan. While the message has been traditional since 1967, usually the greetings are sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, except for …

6 Healthy (Mess-Free) Homemade Snacks to Pack When Traveling

Bring some of these delicious, good-for-you treats with you and you'll have no trouble bypassing the junk food at rest stops and airports.<p>The Salted …

Car and Automotive Photography with Miniature Photo Subjects

21-year-old Kim Leuenberger has a fascination with miniature vehicles. She is able to depict these small scale models in circumstances that mimic …