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The Best Articles of the Year
How I Photograph the Milky Way in the Light-Polluted Skies of Singapore
When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical.
How to Get Super Sharp Landscape Photography Images
The most common question I get asked by my workshop students is ‘how do you get such sharp images?’. It’s actually really simple. Basically, avoid movement of any kind while the shutter is open, focus well and choose the right aperture for your creative vision.
iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland
This year I had the opportunity to be at Apple’s Keynote where they announced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Watch. It was truly a sight to behold, as they unveiled each of these products in a their oh-so-Apple way (and the U2 concert was an amazing bonus!)
12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night
Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website.
A New Photographer’s Guide to Camera Settings
Without experience, looking at the endless functions and dials on a camera can seem daunting, and it is at first, especially with many of the newer digital cameras that have about 5,000 functions (I’m looking at you Nikon).
The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials
Given my interest in lifelong learning and skill-development, I often ask people which new skills they’re looking to learn. The most common response? “I want to be a better photographer”. And for good reason! Few things evoke the instant emotional response a great photo does.
The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending
Jimmy McIntyre is travel photographer. He is currently undertaking a two-year project in Asia—writing two photography guidebooks for China and South Korea. He has taught digital blending workshops in four continents, and he also offers online courses.
Getting Sharper Images – an Understanding of Focus Modes
The longer you shoot, the larger the repertoire of subjects and assignments you photograph becomes.
Why Aperture Priority is the Most Preferred Shooting Mode by Photographers
Photographers have their own shooting preferences. Some like using flash, some don’t. Some love to play around with depth of field, while others want motion blur and freeze motion effects more.
How to do Long Exposure Photography and Light Trails at Night
Before I understood how photography worked, I was always intrigued by light trails in images. I never understood how that happened. When I began to study photography, one of the first assignments I did was an advanced course on night photography. I decided I would try and capture some light trails.
This Free MIT Photojournalism Course Helps You Take Meaningful Photos
We highlight a number of free online courses in our Lifehacker U series, but this free course from MIT on documentary photography and photojournalism is completely free, open to the public, and will teach you to improve your photography skills, even if you're not trying to catch a scoop.
Adam Magyar is a computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim.
10 Photography Hacks that will Dramatically Improve Your Photos
Mike is the author of the eBook Hacking Photography: A Plain-English Guide to Taking Impressive Photos – Fast. Click here to view more details There is a widely accepted rule called The Pareto Principle also known as the 80:20 rule.
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore.
Inside the Biggest-Ever Hedge-Fund Scandal
As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer’s.
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
Before the collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008, Brad Katsuyama could tell himself that he bore no responsibility for that system. He worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, for a start.
Buffett’s annual letter: What you can learn from my real estate investments
It is fitting to have a Ben Graham quote open this essay because I owe so much of what I know about investing to him. I will talk more about Ben a bit later, and I will even sooner talk about common stocks. But let me first tell you about two small nonstock investments that I made long ago.
15 tips on turning your finances around in 2015
The standard advice to twentysomethings looking to turn their finances around is to skip those $5 lattes at Starbucks and put that money in a bank somewhere. Adam Nash, the president and CEO of Wealthfront, isn't about to give up his well-known Starbucks habit, though.
A Beginner’s Guide to Repaying Student Loans
Too many people, including plenty of brand-new college graduates, fall far behind on their student loan payments for no good reason. How many? The Department of Education does not supply much data on late payments.
The one-page guide to financial independence
Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. This year, I learned a lot about money.
The Danger of Financial Jargon
The most important mystery of ancient Egypt concerned the annual inundation of the Nile floodplain. The calendar was divided into three seasons linked to the river and the agricultural cycle it determined: akhet, or the inundation; peret, the growing season; and shemu, the harvest.
What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks
“This is kind of like a hearing,” Timothy Geithner said, swaying uncomfortably, face scrunched and hair perfectly tousled.
25 Financial Terms Every Functioning Adult Should Know
If you don’t speak personal finance, don’t worry — we’re here to help. We know that managing your money can sometimes make you feel like you’re learning a foreign language. So we compiled a handy glossary of must-know money terms that affect all aspects of your financial life.
Know-Nothing Investing: Index Funds For Beginners
I don’t know about you, but despite my repeated attempts to fully understand and grasp how investing in the stock market works, I’m still pretty clueless. I fancy myself a moderately intelligent, business savvy guy, so I would think I’d be able to wrap my mind around this stuff, but I can’t.
Why Aren't Millennials Saving Money?
For one thing, the recession made them hate banks.
How Young People Can Get Rich Slowly
Today's young people can retire comfortably with $1 million in the bank. All it takes is starting early, spending 15 minutes a year rebalancing their portfolio, and avoiding financial professionals who are mostly concerned with making themselves money. It clearly resonates.
How to Get Rich: Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth
Debunking the pie fallacy, or why there’s more to success than giving people what they want.
A Beginner’s Guide to Opening an IRA
If you're thinking about saving for retirement, you probably know that an individual retirement account (IRA) is one of your options. But what exactly is an IRA, and is it right for you? Follow our beginner's guide to the IRA to find out.
Is Silicon Valley the Future of Finance?
Recently, after a long, drawn-out fight over an overdraft fee, I decided to break up with my bank. I withdrew my balance, closed my accounts, and began looking around.
A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals
A bus bombing two decades ago — and a New Jersey father’s quest for justice — inadvertently set off a chain of events that led American prosecutors to accuse some of the world’s biggest banks of transferring money for nations like Iran.
The future of finance
EVER since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in 2008 a common assumption has been that the crisis happened because the state surrendered control of finance to the market. The answer, it follows, must be more rules.
Financial Advice for People Who Aren’t Rich
For a couple of years now, a number of entrepreneurs have been racing to solve the same problem: the financial services industry’s persistent inability to provide personalized advice and appropriate investments at a reasonable price to customers who are not rich.
The best investment advice you’ll never get
When I first saw this online, I grabbed a copy for my own use. Recently, I went back to reread part of it — and it was gone! Lucky I captured this before it disappeared. Enjoy.
The Great Hedge-Fund Mystery: Why Do They Make So Much?
This is the time of year when publications that cover the hedge-fund industry do their annual rankings, and people get irate about the vast sums of money that the top hedgies make—in some cases, billions of dollars.
The Fermi Paradox
Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this: Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe.
All Dressed Up For Mars and Nowhere to Go — Matter — Medium
When Josh was 10 years old, he sat cross-legged on the floor in his parent’s neat, suburban home in Australia, enraptured. It was May 1996 and Andy Thomas had just stepped out of the space shuttle Endeavour and onto the tarmac of Runway 33 of the Kennedy Space Center.
The Mammoth Cometh
The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals.
Biology is wondrously strange – so familiar, yet so strikingly different to physics and chemistry. We know where we are with inanimate matter. Ever since Isaac Newton, it has answered to a basically mechanical view of nature, blindly following its laws without regard for purposes.
Inside the Ebola Wars
The most dangerous outbreak of an emerging infectious disease since the appearance of H.I.V.
When Beliefs and Facts Collide
Do Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution? At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no.
Why our brains love the ocean: Science explains what draws humans to the sea
Since time immemorial, humans have been captivated by water. And the reasons go beyond evolution I’m standing on a pier at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, fifty feet above the Atlantic. To the left and right, forward, back, and below, all I can see is ocean.
A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life
Why does life exist? Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it.
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction.
A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity
James H. Simons likes to play against type. He is a billionaire star of mathematics and private investment who often wins praise for his financial gifts to scientific research and programs to get children hooked on math.
What 'Interstellar' Got Right and Wrong About Science
If you’re one of the estimated 3 gajillion people who have seen or will see Chris Nolan’s blockbuster movie Interstellar, one thing is already clear to you: this is not a documentary.
Gravitational Waves from Big Bang Detected
Proof of gravitational waves created by cosmic inflation is shown here in this image of the cosmic microwave background radiation collected by the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole.
Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis
Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory.
Is Quantum Entanglement Real?
FIFTY years ago this month, the Irish physicist John Stewart Bell submitted a short, quirky article to a fly-by-night journal titled Physics, Physique, Fizika.
Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say
Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known as thermal equilibrium.
Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once.