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What's the point of family photos? No one looks at them

This Christmas will doubtless produce a new crop of family photos – the same grinning simulacra of reality that appears in every snapshot we take of one another, thumbs up, gurning, hugging and always, always, smiling. Is there really any point?<p>I don't get family photographs. Certainly, I do see …

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

"It's really weird," says Antonio Olmos. "Photography has never been so popular, but it's getting destroyed. There have never been so many photographs taken, but photography is dying."<p>I'd asked the 50-year-old, award-winning, London-based Mexican photographer what he thinks is going to happen to …

Top 10 Tips for Family Photo Poses

In both studio and on-location photography, the right family poses make the difference between stunning memories and forgettable snapshots. Most …

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Scientists With Sense Of Humor Explore Dangers Of Laughter

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.<p>Over the holidays, the <i>British Medical Journal</i> publishes a special edition, in which they "are pleased to consider all kinds of articles." All kinds, indeed. In this "narrative synthesis," the researchers attempt to answer the question "is laughter …

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How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?

Today, people around the globe will feel uneasy about getting out of bed, leaving their homes, or going about their normal daily routines, all …

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The Belgian Plan to Give Beer to Schoolchildren

In 2001, Belgian schools waged a new front in the war against childhood obesity. In an effort to keep kids away from sugary drinks, a plan emerged to …

Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone Far Bigger Than Previously Thought

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is far bigger than thought.<p>A new study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times …

Poppin' Fruity Pebbles: The Pop Rocks of Breakfast Cereal? [VIDEO]

Who wouldn't want candy for breakfast? Wouldn't you, if not now, in your earlier, better-metabolized days, sparkle at the chance to take a whole glossy packet of strawberry Pop Rocks and pour it over your delicious, albeit carbonation-free, bowl of Fruity Pebbles?<p>Well, we would, so when we were …

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Disgusting Facts About Restaurant Food; Tech-Savvy Bars

· Eight Disgusting Facts About Restaurant Food [Mother Jones]<br>· The Top 10 Tech-Savvy Bars You Need to Experience [The Daily Dot]<br>· The Invention of the American Meal [WNYC]<br>· James Bond Is an 'Impotent Drunk' [BBC]<br>· The World's Awesomest Scientists Invent Cavity-Free Candy [Gizmodo]<br>· Andrew Zimmern's …

Jeff Green: "I Played Like Poop."

BOSTON – Jeff Green said he, "Played like poop," after he struggled to score most of the evening, but had the only basket that mattered as a floater …