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Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

'Queening' is the empowering sex position all women need to try

Grab your crown ladies and get ready to ascend to your throne.<p>It's about time you gave 'Queening' a try, because you deserve to feel like royalty.<p>The …

Lips

Here’s Why Every Photographer Needs to Own a Nifty Fifty (50mm) Lens: Two-Minute Tip

Our video from last year on “7 Reasons Why a 50mm Lens Is All You Need for Great Photography,” proved to be an all-time favorite. That clip, which …

Cameras

How to Quickly and Easily Sharpen Any Blurry Photo

If you thought you couldn't use or rescue blurry, pixelated photos, think again. This tutorial will not only show you how to rescue and sharpen …

The Ultimate Focus Stacking Guide for Landscape Photographers

It’s becoming harder to get the entire image sharp with the constantly wider lenses and more extreme foregrounds that are used in today’s …

Here’s a Cool Trick That Lets You Take Amazing Night Photos Without a Tripod (VIDEO)

If you’ve ever tried to take to take a photo at night without a tripod you know the results can be very blurry or very noisy or, in most cases, both. …

How to Control Contrast So You Always Get Amazing Landscape Photographs

Contrast, sometimes there’s too much, sometimes there’s too little. Contrast in a landscape can make or break the image. But getting the perfect …

5 Post-Processing Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

Looking back at my early photography, I shake my head in embarrassment. I know I should be proud of the fact that I’ve come a long way since then, …

The easiest way to lucid dream, according to science

In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as <i>milam</i> aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having practitioners perform yoga in their dreams. It’s a ritualized version of one of the most mysterious faculties of the human mind: to know that we’re dreaming even while …

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

How to last longer during sex - the best ways to keep yourself going in bed

If you think you’re not lasting long enough during sex, you may be comforted to know that the average length of penetrative sex is 5.4 minutes, with …

Take it from someone who has been morbidly obese: this is what overweight people actually need to hear

Another week and another stark warning has been delivered to millennials. This time we have been told in no uncertain terms that we are set to be the …

A beginner’s guide to dirty talk

Dirty talk.<p>You know it’s a good idea. You know it’s likely to make sex hotter. You know that once you get into it, it’ll be a massive turn-on.<p>It’s …

4 Post-Processing Mistakes Made by Beginners

Everyone goes through stages in photography. We start making snap shots, move up to making more thoughtful images, and then we start thinking about …

Tutorials

6 Tips for Landscape Composition

When you get down to it, composition is really an abstract concept.Sure, it's arranging things inside the little box created by your camera, but how …

Landscape Photography

Here’s How to Bring Boring Photos Back to Life with a Little Help from Lightroom (VIDEO)

This Lightroom tutorial deals with a situation we’ve all encountered: “You make a photo, you think ‘yes, this it,’ I GOT that shot.” But when you get …

Tutorials

Photographer Spends 10 Years Photographing Same Bench, Captures More Than He Expects

One Ukrainian photographer has spent a decade of his life on a single project, and it’s so intimate, it’ll make you feel things. Through his kitchen …

Photography

If a man has these 9 qualities never let him go, scientists say

There are certain traits that the majority of heterosexual women look for in a man: kindness, GSOH, an understanding that the fight for gender …

If a woman has these 14 qualities never let her go, scientists say

People in long term relationships will someday get to the point where they need to ask themselves: Is this really the person I want to spend the rest …

Relationships

Overpowering The Sun with Flash

How to overpower the sun with flash. This photography tutorial demonstrates how exposure settings and flash work together to overpower daylight and …

All the science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that everyone will be talking about in 2018

Bookshelf goals<p>With a new year comes the promise of new books hitting bookstores. 2018 is shaping up to have plenty of adventures to delve into — taking readers to distant planets, fantastical realms, and beyond. We’ll meet some authors publishing their first-ever novels, and we’ll become …

14 times Mark Hamill's Twitter game was quite simply out of this world

Mark Hamill is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving.<p>Whether he's demonstrating his IRL use of the force, delivering an on-point impression …

Meet the crypto officers: How the internet is controlled by 14 people with seven secret keys

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn't: The whole internet is protected by seven highly protected keys in the hands of 14 …

13 sci-fi series starters to break in your new ebook reader

Visit other worlds<p>So you just got a new ebook reader for the holidays this year. Nice! Now, it’s time to find books to load it up with, which should give you plenty to read on your trip home, or if you need an excuse to avoid relatives for a couple of hours.<p>Here’s 13 science-fiction books that kick …

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive StartUp Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles – Variety

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles<p>Magic Leap revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way …

Augmented Reality

This Epic 4K Film Captures the Beauty of Lightning at 1,000FPS

Photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the summer chasing lightning with a $110,000 Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. What resulted was this …

Sharpening in Lightroom: Make the Most Out of the Detail Panel

Adobe Lightroom was a pretty slick piece of software to begin with, but over the past several updates it has become an incredibly powerful tool for …

A Deep Dive Into ‘Grand Designs’, the Greatest Show on British Television

Or: why middle class couples in gilets are determined to build their legacy.<p>When the class war inevitably comes, I want to be a general. Do I have the tactical nous to be a general? No. Military experience? No. Do I have the innate leadership qualities necessary to lead a platoon into battle? …

How to recreate the Orton Effect in Photoshop to get dreamy landscape photos

Orton Effect creates a dreamy, impressionist look of the image. Photographer Michael Orton invented it in the mid-1980s in order to imitate …