The most gorgeous wildlife photos of 2018 shine a light on nature’s bizarre and wonderful beauty

© Arshdeep Singh – Winner, 10 Years and Under Wildlife photography can shine a light on pressing environmental issues or simply remind us of the splendor of the natural world. Every year, the Natural History Museum in London holds a wildlife photography contest to award some of the best images. Here are 14 of their […]

I never thought I’d pay $150 for smart light bulbs, but the Philips Hue starter kit is the best upgrade I’ve made in my small apartment

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon For personal luxuries, I’m pretty cheap. But getting the seemingly ridiculous $ 150 Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit has actually improved my quality of life. You can control […]

Russian companies get green light to mine gold in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have offered Russian companies to take part in gold exploration and gold mining in the country, according to Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky. “As for Russia’s participation in gold-mining or other mining projects, Venezuela has made a wide range of interesting proposals that are currently under consideration by interested Russian operators,” the […]

Star Wars theory shows Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in mind-blowing new light

The final movie in the original Star Wars trilogy sees a climactic showdown between Luke Skywalker, his father Anakin – aka Vader – and the disfigured Emperor. The Emperor is sent to his death, before Vader then appears to finally have a moment of peace with his son before he too passes away. But are […]

New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects

Enlarge / Clouds contain billions of individual water droplets that are difficult to plot in computer graphics for movie scenes. (credit: Dartmouth Visual Computing Lab) Animators will now be able to precisely control how microscopic particles interact with light in their renderings of objects, thanks to a research collaboration between computer scientists at Dartmouth University and […]

Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker’s first Darth Vader moments shown in POWERFUL new light

The novelisation of the final prequel movie has obviously been out in the world for a great many years now, but now it is finding a whole new audience online. And the way it describes Anakin adapting to his new suit is quite powerful. Reddit user darthmeteos even described it as their “favourite passage in […]

WATCH thousands of far-right marchers light a SEA OF FLARES in Poland as police look on (VIDEO)

The ultra-nationalist crowds that flocked to Poland for its independence day march were seen performing Nazi salutes and burning flares at the event attended by staggering 200,000 people. Police, however, stood idly by. Crowds of people, including various far-right groups, unleashed a sea of fire and smoke on the streets and squares of the Polish […]

Umbrella troubles? Twitter mocks Trump as he bails on WWI commemoration over light rain

As if Donald Trump needed to give his haters more ammunition, the US President has now been accused of trampling on the memory of the US Marines killed in WWI after he canceled a memorial cemetery trip due to rain. Trump was due to travel some 50 miles (85 km) east of Paris on Saturday […]

New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble

Enlarge / London’s Millennium Bridge had issues with excessive shaking and swaying when it first opened in June 2000. (credit: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Getty Images) When London’s Millennium Bridge first opened in June 2000, the city was alarmed to discover that the motion of crowds of pedestrians crossing it gave rise to significant shaking and swaying. Londoners […]

Waymo gets green light from California DMV: AVs in some cities are ok

Enlarge / This is the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to. The company has also ordered thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for its fleet. (credit: Waymo) Waymo and the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Tuesday that the Golden State had approved a permit for the self-driving-car company to […]