World Without Energy


For most people, “energy” means having the ability to flip a switch to turn on overhead lights or adjust a knob on the stove for morning tea—we often take for granted our access to energy that powers our lives. We’d like to challenge you to think about what the world would look like without any connection to energy—to envision how it would affect your life and impact everything you see, touch and do each day of the year.

Here’s the thing: energy is nearly as important as the air we breathe and the water we drink, yet not everyone has ready, reliable access to energy.

This special Your Shot assignment asks that you show what a world without energy might look like. As you look to compose striking images for this assignment, consider the themes of energy access, energy innovation and ideas, and how having no access to power can—and in some parts of the world, does—affect people in their day-to-day lives.

This assignment is the first of three assignments launched in conjunction with The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. The assignments and partnership as a

Aura Photography: A Candid Shot

At psychic fairs and other popular venues, “aura” photographic portraits are all the rage. But are they really what they are claimed to be?

According to belief that has persisted since ancient times, the aura is a radiance from the “energy field” that supposedly emanates from and surrounds all living things. It is perceived not by ordinary vision but by clairvoyance. Although “no evidence has been found to prove its existence” (Guiley 1991), the concept has thrived as pseudoscience. For example, in his 1911 book, The Human Atmosphere, Dr. Walter J. Kilner claimed he could not only see the aura and use it for medical diagnoses, but he also accepted the validity of nonexistent “N-rays” and clairvoyance. The British Medical Journal rightly scoffed.

Today self-professed “medical intuitives” like Caroline Myss (1997) claim to describe the nature of people’s physical diseases by reading their “energy field.” Thus Myss “can make recommendations for treating their condition on both a physical and spiritual level.” She calls this supposedly auric process “energy medicine,” but offers no scientific evidence to substantiate her alleged powers. (New Age magazine stated Myss no longer gives readings, and quoted me as terming the practice “offensive and dangerous” [Koontz 2000, 66, 102].)


Scientists Photograph Energy Field Leaving Body At Death, According To New Study

By Steven Bancarz|  I recently came across an article that I thought was interesting enough to share, and I think I may be able to provide proper scientific support for these claims for the very first time ever by presenting the original published study.  The timing of astral disembodiment in which the spirit leaves the body has allegedly been captured by Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, who photographed a person at the moment of his death with a bioelectrographic camera.

The image taken using the gas discharge visualization method, an advanced technique of Kirlian photography, shows in blue the life force of the person leaving the body gradually.

According to Korotkov, navel and head are the parties who first lose their life force (which would be the soul) and the groin and the heart are the last areas where the spirit before surfing the phantasmagoria of the infinite.

In other cases, according to Korotkov, the “the soul” of people who suffer a violent and unexpected death usually manifests a state of confusion in your power settings and return to the body in the days following death. This could be due to a surplus of unused energy.

The technique developed

See The Boomer List Sioux Falls Photography Exhibit

The youngest Baby Boomers turned 50 in 2014 – a milestone AARP in Sioux Falls felt worthy of celebrating. Inspired by The Boomer List, which came to life in 2014 on a national level as a PBS American Masters documentary and a companion book by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and an exhibit at Washington D.C’s Newseum, AARP Sioux Falls joined with, KELOLAND Television and the Washington Pavilion set out to honor, celebrate, and share the story about how this generation has impacted our community through “The Boomer List: Sioux Falls.”

The Boomer List: Sioux Falls explores how boomers influenced and shaped Sioux Falls through the stories of 19 notable community members, one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964.  These boomers were selected for their individual accomplishments as well as the collective impact thy have had on Sioux Falls.  “With so many impressive boomers in Sioux Falls our list would be much longer than 19 to capture every worthy individual, but the impact and influence of these 19 is diverse and lasting, and they are not yet done,” said AARP South Dakota state director, Sarah Jennings.

The subjects were chosen by a panel of five current Sioux Falls residents as

5 Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

ummer is upon us.  That means that millions of Americans’ cameras will be preserving precious memories from family vacations, get-togethers, weddings, graduations, and so much more.

However, when the perfect photographic moment comes into view, a great many find themselves frustrated with their ability to capture the moment with a great photograph.

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Here’s five simple tips that will go a long, long ways to helping you be prepared to get that great family vacation photograph.

5 Simple Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

  1. Practice before you leave home – This is quite likely the most important tip of all.  Get your owners manual out and practice some of the lighting and subject situations that you are likely to find yourself with.  You’re likely to have family members posing in front of scenes and objects.  You’re likely to be photographing in bright sun, cloudy skies, indoors, in places where flash is not allowed, on beaches, on hiking trails; the various situations are near infinite.  Set up these situations as best you can at home and practice, practice, practice.
  2. Memory Cards – Today’s megapixal digital cameras can quickly eat up a memory card.  This is particularly true if you plan

Breakthrough for photography Light sensing technology

A revolutionary breakthrough is underway at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, an innovation that may usher in the next generation of light sensing technology with potential applications in scientific research and cellphone photography.

Thayer professor Eric Fossum — the engineer and physicist who invented the CMOS image sensor used in nearly all cellphone and digital cameras, webcams, medical imaging and other applications — joined with Thayer PhD candidate Jiaju Ma in developing pixels for the new Quanta Image Sensor (QIS).

The professor and student, who have worked on the project for more than three years, are co-inventors of the new pixel and co-authors of a paper on their invention in IEEE Electron Devices Letters. A PDF is available on request.

Their new sensor has the capability to significantly enhance low-light sensitivity. This is particularly important in applications such as “security cameras, astronomy, or life science imaging (like seeing how cells react under a microscope), where there’s only just a few photons,” says Fossum.

“Light consists of photons, little bullets of light that activate our neurons and make us see light,” says Fossum. “The photons go into the semiconductor [the sensor chip] and break the chemical bonds between silicon atoms and, when

The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming

In the future, there will be no such thing as a “straight photograph”

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.

Just as there’s a time to stop talking about girls and boys and to talk instead about women and men so it is with photography; something has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently. Failure to recognize the huge changes underway is to risk isolating ourselves in an historical backwater of communication, using an interesting but quaint visual language removed from the cultural mainstream.

The moment of photography’s “puberty” was around the time when the technology moved from analog to digital although it wasn’t until the arrival of the Internet-enabled smartphone that we really noticed a different behavior. That’s when adolescence truly set in. It was surprising but it all seemed somewhat natural and although we experienced a few tantrums along the way with arguments about promiscuity, manipulation and some inexplicable new behaviors, the photographic community largely accommodated the changes with some adjustments in workflow.

But these visible changes were merely the advance indicators

The Power of Photography

Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters—now more than ever.

By Robert Draper

Thirty-four years before the birth of this magazine, the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard sourly prophesied a banal fate for the newly popularized art of photography. “With the daguerreotype,” he observed, “everyone will be able to have their portrait taken—formerly it was only the prominent—and at the same time everything is being done to make us all look exactly the same, so we shall only need one portrait.”

The National Geographic Society did not set out to test Kierkegaard’s thesis, at least not right away. Its mission was exploration, and the gray pages of its official journal did not exactly constitute a visual orgy. Years would go by before National Geographic’s explorers would begin using the camera as a tool to bring back what is now its chief source of fame: photographic stories that can alter perceptions and, at their best, change lives.

By wresting a precious particle of the world from time and space and holding it absolutely still, a great photograph can explode the totality of our world, such that we never see

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