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A battered ISIS grows ever more dependent on lone wolves, simple plans

The would-be terrorist who tried to blow up Brussels’s main transit hub last month had plenty of ambition but no discernible talent. His homemade bomb, a suitcase stuffed with nails and camp-stove gas canisters, caught fire as he wheeled it into the station, sending passersby fleeing before the …

Terrorism

From the Archives: Journalists witness Nevada A-bomb tests

Established in 1951, the Nevada Test Site is located in southeastern Nye County about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. From 1951 until 1962, 100 above-ground nuclear tests were held at the facility. Over 900 underground tests were conducted until 1992.<p>In the 1950s, journalists were invited by the …

Los Angeles

A few amazing things Buster Keaton did in movies

How Dodging and Burning in Lightroom Will Save Your Life

If this dramatic title wasn’t enough to draw your attention, our special guest appearance in this post will definitely do the trick. Just under a …

New Brickton Hardware

The Cultural Revolution: all you need to know about China's political convulsion

<b>What was it and when did it begin?</b><p>The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a decade-long period of political and social chaos caused by Mao Zedong’s bid to use the Chinese masses to reassert his control over the Communist party.<p>Its bewildering complexity and almost unfathomable brutality was …

China

Lenin Lab: the team keeping the first Soviet leader embalmed

As the Kremlin releases preservation costs for the first time, The Moscow Times looks back on this unlikely 90-year experiment<p>He lies in a glass sarcophagus, his reddish moustache trimmed and his hands resting on his thighs. Dressed in an austere black suit, Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet leader, …

Russia

War and fleece: DIY recreations of iconic photographs – in pictures

In a lull between jobs, two Swiss artists decided to recreate iconic photographs from history out of craft materials – including 9/11 and Nagasaki made from cotton wool, and model tanks trundling through a cardboard Tiananmen square

Tiananmen Square

5 Ways Your Lightroom Editing Is Ruining Your Images

Lightroom is a fantastic program for editing your photos. However, it is so easy to ruin your images through over-editing, and I see it done time and …

Tutorials

Lightroom’s Hidden HDR Advantage

In my online class released yesterday on how to use the now free Nik Collection of plug-ins, when I got to covering Nik’s HDR Efex Pro plug-in, I …

Tutorials

Five More Tips For Lightroom’s Built-in HDR

Happy Monday, everybody! I thought I’d follow-up my post from Friday (it was about how creating an HDR image allows you to really open up the shadows …

Tutorials

Before & After: How One Popular Photographer Edits His Photos

Photographer Peter Stewart is an internationally published photographer who’s also popular on photo sharing sites, boasting tens of thousands of …

Google makes its $149 Nik Collection of photography tools completely free

Google has dropped the price of the Nik Collection, a suite of seven desktop plug-ins aimed at advanced photographers, from $149 to nothing. The Nik Collection first came under Google's stewardship when the company bought German developer Nik for its mobile editing app Snapseed; Google later …

Stalin, Russia’s New Hero

Penza, Russia — AT School No. 58 in Penza, a regional capital that is an eight and a half hour drive southeast of Moscow, the jury is still out on Joseph Stalin.<p>“He was a great man, unique in history,” Zhenya Viktorov, an 11th grader, told me on a recent visit. His classmate Amina Kurayev was more …

Russia

I Took And Smuggled These Out Of North Korea – Illegal Photos Kim Doesn’t Want You To See

I visited North Korea and took these photos, most of them illegal, so you could get a more candid look into the most mysterious country on the planet.<p>…

If you grew up watching ST: TNG, then you’ll love this new podcast

"A Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast."<p>It's no secret there are plenty of <i>Star Trek: The Next</i> …

Science Fiction

Colorized Photos of Child Laborers Bring Struggles of the Past to Life

Noon hour in the Ewen Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Co. Jan. 1911. South Pittston, Pennsylvania.<br>Lewis Hine—Library of Congress<p>1 of 28<p>Lewis Hine was one …

Rise of ISIS in 6 Minutes

Here's a good overview from Vox explaining how ISIS came to power.

Today in History: January 4

A look at various events that took place on this day, January 4, photographed over the past century. Today’s collection includes scenes from World War II, voiceover work for Popeye cartoons, President Franklin Roosevelt’s massive globe, a newly discovered coelacanth, safety airbags designed for …

Christmas Tree [2010]

22 Tricks You Didn’t Know About Fallout 4

This guide will give you the best tricks that you likely don’t know about in Fallout 4. These range from how to buy a house in Diamond City, to how …

Track Down

15 Amazing Secrets And Quests That You Need To See In Fallout 4 « Video Game News, Reviews, Walkthroughs And Guides – GamingBolt | Page 3

<b>UFO Crash</b><p>Aliens have once again made their way into Fallout, but this time they’re a little off the beaten track. Near Vault 75 a crashed UFO sits in …

How-To's

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Watch: a 5-minute history of Syria's war and the rise of ISIS - Vox

ISIS, you will note, did not become a major player in the Syrian war until after some time — and after the country had been torn apart by a conflict that initially had nothing to do with the group. The fight at the center of the war, between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the opposition, is thus …

A history of dirty tricks in presidential elections

It would be an exaggeration to say dirty tricks and mudslinging have been a part of every presidential campaign since the beginning. After all, …

How to Use the Local Adjustments Tools Inside Lightroom

Whenever you take a photo, no matter what the subject, it would be extremely unusual if it couldn’t be improved in some way by making local …

Tutorials

Enthusiasts Created A Giant Roman Empire Display From LEGO

British collective Brick to the Past built a historical LEGO display that’s probably one of the largest ever made. It’s a recreation of Hadrian’s …

Lego

This is why the gun nuts win: An Oregon sheriff’s nutty conspiracy theories explains the GOP’s impotence

The fantasy lives of gun lovers, such as Oregon sheriff John Hanlin, are why we can’t address gun violence.<p>Mass shootings and gun-crazed conspiracy theorists: Our country is swimming in an abundance of both, so it was just a matter of time before the two collided, not on the shooter side of the …

Posters of the golden age of Soviet cosmonauts

<b>Five decades ago the Space Race was being vigorously fought between the Soviet Union and the US. For a time the USSR seemed to be winning and it tried to make the most of the propaganda potential.</b><p>Here we take a close-up look at seven posters from a new exhibition - Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space …