A Planet Made of Diamond

The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space

It’s actually really easy to think of space as boring. The planets in our own solar system all seem to be empty rocks or balls of gas, and you find a whole lot of nothing before you get to the next star. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s most creative minds can’t get past populating the place with planets that look a whole lot like Earth (and specifically, parts of California) featuring monsters,?rapey aliens?or Muppets.

But real space is far, far stranger. You just have to know where to look to find things like …

#6. A Planet Made of Diamond

Science fiction writers have this annoying thing they do where they can only think of like five different types of planets. You know, there’s the ice planets (like Hoth in?The Empire Strikes Back) and the forest planets (like in?Avatar), desert planets, lava planets, etc.

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Inspiring a Better Future

The only thing more amazing than our technology is what the world does with it

Intel Corporation USA signs contract with Majority World CIC to document Intel’s CSR projects in Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, UK, Poland, Kenya, India and Hongkong.
One or more Intel employees volunteer at these project locations. The employees recently won an internal contest winning their project a technology package to help the projects more effectively achieve their goals. This assignment is about telling the project story, Intel’s effort and capturing the humanity of it through a Photo Journal.
Watch this space for updates on our photographers at each location.

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Bangladeshi blog Infolady wins Global Media Forum Award

This year’s Global Media Forum Award went to the project Infolady from Bangladesh. Finalists in the category addressed issues tied to the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2013, which looks at “The Future of Growth – Economic Values and the Media.” The Infolady project helps equip women with digital cameras, mobile phones and solar-powered laptops to travel by bike to rural areas and answer questions related to health, agriculture and development. “Infoladies brings life-saving information about health, education and a number of other services to the poorest people in Bangladesh,” the jury said.
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Global Wind Day photo competition

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Global Wind Day photo competition – Discover the power of wind energy
The theme of the photo competition is wind energy. It is open to all photographers in any country, who want to capture images of wind energy from a new perspective. The challenge is to show the technology as it has never been seen before, for example by showing wind energy with seasonal colours, people, animals and landscapes in a new and unique way. Let your imagination take the lead!
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Register and upload your pictures!

The Decline of Marriage and the Rise of Unwed Mothers: An Economic Mystery

The real mystery here isn’t “Why so many babies?” The real mystery is “Why so few marriages?” And we have an answer.

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This was the most shocking statistic I read this weekend:?58 percent?of first births in lower-middle-class households are now to unmarried women. Meanwhile, two in five of all births are to unwed mothers, an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading “The Decline of Marriage and the Rise of Unwed Mothers: An Economic Mystery”

Changing audience behaviour and changing media response

Workshop by David Brewer

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How technology has empowered the consumers to be the producers and what?that means for traditional mainstream media.

Venue: Broadcast & Multimedia Department, Pathshala
Address: TK Bhaban (12th floor), Kawran Bazar, Dhaka
Date: Saturday, 16 February (1:30pm to 3:00pm)
About David Brewer:
David Brewer was launch managing editor of BBC News Online and of CNN.com?International EMEA and CNN Arabic as well as the launch consultant for Al Jazeera English. Brewer started his professional life as a journalist working in print, radio, TV and online.
Brewer focuses on the workflows and content offerings, in particular creating converged/integrated newsrooms and workflows delivering multiplatform content to whatever devices the target audience turns to in order to consume news and information.
For registration call: +8801818333315 or mail to: info@pathshala.net
Registration fee: BDT 200 (free for Pathshala students)
Seats are limited

Chris Rainier and Chris Riley at Chobi Mela VII

Photo by Chris Rainier
Photo by Chris Rainier

Chris Rainier and Chris Riley ? Book launch: Cultures on the Edge
Wednesday, 30 January, 11AM, Edward M. Kennedy Center
Chris Rainier and Chris Riley ? Workshop: Technology and the Future of Culture
Tuesday, 29 January, Pathshala
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Chris Rainier
Chris Rainier is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. His mysterious images of sacred places and indigenous peoples of the planet have been seen in? the leading publications of? the day including:? Time, Life, National? Geographic publications, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Mens Journal, Islands, The New Yorker, German and French Geo, and the publications of the International Red Cross, The United Nations, and Amnesty International. Rainier, a Canadian citizen is a photographer for the National Geographic Society and specialises in documenting indigenous cultures for the Societies Cultures Initiative.
Visit Chris Rainier?s website:?www.chrisrainier.com
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Chris Riley
Chris Riley has worked as a strategist and researcher in advertising, design and marketing since 1983. Riley ran his own strategic planning consulting practice, Studioriley, between 2002 and 2005 working out of Portland, Munich, Helsinki and Singapore.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was head of Strategic Planning in Apple Inc?s Graphic Design and Marketing Communication Group in Cupertino, California. Riley has learned from successes such as Apple, Nike, Coke, Audi, Amazon.com, Nokia, Uniqlo, Samsung and Nikon as well as a few failures. It?s true: failure is as valuable as success.
Visit Chris Riley?s website:?http://www.studioriley.com

Nikon Files Patent That Could Turn 35mm Film Cameras Into Digital SLRs

How would you like to convert your Nikon FM2 to digital?

BY TIM BARRIBEAU ON Popphoto.com

It’s one of the holy grails of photography ? a practical, easy way to switch between digital and film for all the incredible analog 35mm cameras that are already in circulation. And while we don’t know if it’ll ever be produced, Nikon has recently patented a way of doing exactly that ? a replaceable digital back for 35mm film cameras. Continue reading “Nikon Files Patent That Could Turn 35mm Film Cameras Into Digital SLRs”

Photographers Will Soon Be The Most Valuable People In The News Room

Alyson Shontell |?Nov. 7, 2012, 2:17 PM?|?10,998?|Business Insider

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Photographers will soon be the most valuable people in the newsroom, and it won’t be long before they put writers out of jobs.
Why?
Because, when you’re on the go, the easiest stories to consume, create or share aren’t text based. They’re photo based. As TechCrunch’s MG Siegler just wrote, “If pen beats the sword, camera beats pen.”
Take, for example, Hurricane Sandy coverage.
PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy asked if Sandy could be?Instagram’s big citizen journalism moment. But it wasn’t just a big moment for?Instagram. It was a big opportunity for news outlets. The most read stories were pictures of destruction caused by the storm without much text. People wanted to?see?the news, not read it.
As smart phones and tablets become more mainstream, the web is becoming more visual. Mobile devices are the new glossy magazines; text-ridden sites are boring, black and white newspapers.
Increasingly, attractive, photo-heavy articles are stealing the most online readership. Take these two articles for example:

One big photo hit can account for the same traffic as 10 well-written articles; they’re easier to digest and often take less time to make.
Still, photos aren’t anything without proper packaging. BuzzFeed’s?Jonah Peretti?says he looks for people who can frame photos stories, not just find images. Instead of linking to cute cat photos, his team creates headlines like, “You Won’t Make It All The Way Through These 10 Pictures Of Kittens Without Squealing.”
With that in mind, the question becomes who’s better to for news sites to hire: A writer they can train to take better photos, or photographers who have honed their skills but need help with context? Good photos are difficult to find for cheap. News sites might as well pay people on staff for images rather than iStock or AP.
News sites will still need a few good writers to stir up meaningful conversations and thoughtful analysis. But photographers will be the people the writers can thank for their paychecks. Their articles will steal pageviews and support publications in the rapidly approaching, mobile-first world.

Read more:?http://www.businessinsider.com/photographers-will-soon-be-the-most-valuable-people-in-the-news-room-2012-11#ixzz2BigNZEz8

When luddites go digital

Article that looks at the rise of digital Bangladesh culminating in the current blockage of www.youtube.com in Bangladesh.

Remember those days? It was 1993. Getting a new telephone line took several years and large bribes. Getting an international line was another matter and calling overseas required making a ?Trunk Call? through an operator and a wait of several hours. Phone calls were expensive. A one-minute fax or call to the US cost well over 100 Taka. The exchange rate was very different, and a 116 Taka one page fax would have set you back three US dollars! We needed government permission to import a fax machine and the clunky early generation mobile phones cost over one lakh each (US $ 2,500). It was less than twenty years ago. Now, Mobin, the guy in our mudir dokan (corner shop) downloads videos from my blog (where he is featured) on his mobile phone. We get news on TV sandwiched between gyrating boys and girls advertising FnF connections.  My attempts to curb Facebook use at work has failed miserably. We finally have 3G, at least partially.
How did this digital revolution come about? We had decided to set up our picture agency Drik, not in the established photographic marketplaces of London, Paris or New York, but in Dhaka, where our photographers were based. But while we were close to our photographers our distance from the market, in terms of miles and means was enormous. What we also wanted to do was to set up a South-South exchange, so we could build on our collective strengths. A Dutch organisation called TOOL was interested in publishing my book, and I decided to meet up with them while in Amsterdam for the judging of World Press Photo. Researching on them I discovered they also offered off-line email, using Fidonet technology. More importantly, they too were keen on setting up a South-South exchange. Continue reading “When luddites go digital”