The US presidential election. It's exhilarating, it's exhausting, but it's also inexplicably complicated -- even for us natives. Here's everything you need to know to become an insta-pundit.
When's the election?
Tuesday, November 8, for most Americans. Notice we say "most." Millions will have already voted by then. That's because early voting is a thing in the US. It's estimated more than 40% of all votes this year will be cast before Election Day -- a record. In some states, you can even vote early, change your mind and vote again. Yeah, we make democracy really easy.
Why is the turnout so pathetic?
All right, you got us with that one. Our country loves the hype surrounding the elections, but the actual election? Not so much. Just 53.6% of the voting-age population cast a ballot in 2012. Some can't. (Like felons. That's 6 million right there.) Some just don't feel like it. (We're looking at you Hawaii and your lowest voter turnout …
STRANGE clouds forming above the Bermuda Triangle could explain why dozens of ships and planes have mysteriously vanished in the notorious patch of sea.
The remarkable new theory suggests the clouds are linked to 273km/ph “air bombs” — capable of bringing down planes and ships.
Now the riddle could finally be solved after meteorologists speaking to the Science Channel’s What on Earth revealed their findings.
Using radar satellite imagery, they discovered bizarre “hexagonal” shaped clouds between 32km and 80km wide forming over the dodgy patch of water.
Metrologist Dr Randy Cerveny said: “The satellite imagery is really bizarre … the hexagonal shapes of the cloud formations.
The Cyclops, a 19,000 tone collier which disappeared in 1918, was the first loss in the Bermuda Triangle of a ship equipped with a radio.
“These types of hexagonal shapes in the ocean are in essence air bombs. They’re formed by what is called microbursts and they’re blasts of air.”
The blasts of air are so powerfu…
Close-up macro photography is great for really bringing out the detail of your subject. 12 creative macro photography tips. It may seem daunting at first, but macro photography really isn’t so different from other kinds once you get a graps of the basics. Pro photographer Colin Varndell offers his top 12 macro photography tips… For more advice on shooting creepy-crawlies, have a read of our macro photography tips for shooting insects – or check out our main macro photography hub to learn even more. 1. Choose the Best Lens Gatekeeper butterfly. Nikon D200, Nikon 200mm macro lens. 1/160sec @ f/8, ISO 100 The focal length of macro lenses ranges from 50mm to 200mm. Although many zoom lenses boast a macro setting, these are usually less than half life-size magnification – true macro, however, begins with 1:1 and nothing less. A 50-60mm lens is suitable for general macro work but if you want greater subject-to-lens distance a 100mm lens will give you this at a price. For creatures like butterflies…