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Facial recognition technology: Is Orwell’s fiction our reality?

Talks on a code of practice for facial recognition technology have fallen apart in the US. So, who is watching us and why?<p>Smartphones can track our movements, credit cards have a record of our purchases, and now, thanks to advances in facial recognition technology, companies and governments will …

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

Photographer Creates Stunning Symmetric Images with Light and Reflection

<b>All Photographs (c) Ferdinand Choffray, Courtesy of Ferdinand Choffray</b><p>Could symmetrical composition be part of defining beauty? Symmetry makes it attractive. This is what we've been told. When applied to photography, the binomial equilibrium and proportion can create striking images.<p>The shots of</b> …

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Beautifully Mysterious Photos of Gallipoli by Ekin Kucuk

Istanbul-based photographer Ekin Kucuk captures the Gallipoli peninsula in a series of moody black-and-white images. The Turkish locale was once the site of war, but here, Kucuk depicts a more tranquil existence where animals roam on desolate city streets. Her monochromatic pictures have a …

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Breathtaking travel destinations from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With over 23 million Instagram posts already hashtagged #vacation, competition is increasingly fierce for most photogenic holiday background. Those looking for a little inspiration might consider checking out the latest batch of travel photo submissions from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler …

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The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Knock knock.<p>Who's there?<p>Joe King.<p>Joe King who?<p>Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.<p>The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and understood — by …

Top 10 bungee jumps in the world

"I still recall my first jump," reminisces New Zealander AJ Hackett, the man who launched commercial bungee jumping 25 years ago today. "I had the most amazing sensation."<p>At the time Hackett was running a struggling ski shop but inspired by British daredevils The Oxford University Dangerous Sports …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Autumn in the United States

See photos of autumn in the U.S., including maple trees and other fall leaves, in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Enhancing the Feeling of Space: The Cresta Residence Designed by Jonathan Segal FAIA

There are those who say that “Less is more” and then, there are those who express their dissatisfaction and state that “Less is never more—less is …

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Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Articles about 10 spectacular dream homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

The vacation location of choice of the Obama family, you really can't go wrong choosing to spend some downtime on the Hawaiian...<p>From gabled homes to forest dwellings, here's what to catch up on from the week.<p>First impressions are lasting.<p>It's a dream for many to own a beach home, but an …

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155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …

The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little

Marlin<p>Little thinks this is probably his favorite shot of all time. “I remember taking it. I saw it for a split second and I’m like gosh, this is unbelievable,” he says. “It’s just this frozen water that looks like a glass blown image. It’s just this crazy shot that I’ve never been able to get …

Minimalist Posters That Reduce Your Favorite Movies To Basic Shapes

Graphic designer Michal Krasnopolski creates 22 movie posters that are head-scratchingly metaphorical.<p>In the future, when the history of the Internet is taught alongside social studies and algebra in middle school, there will be a brief, marginal mention of minimalist posters and how they, for a …

5 Delicious (and Healthy!) Iced Tea Combinations

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