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Paleo Profile: The False Moose

<b>Name:</b> <i>Bretzia pseudalces</i><p><b>Meaning:</b> “Bretz’s false moose”, named for geologist J. Harlan Bretz and the moose-like shape of the deer’s antlers.<p><b>Age:</b> About 5 million years ago.<p><b>Where in the world?:</b> Washington state.<p><b>What sort of critter?:</b> A deer.<p><b>Size</b>: About the size of a modern mule deer.<p><b>How much of the</b> …

Editor’s Picks: Iconic Scenes From Days Past

As a photo editor, it’s my job to select pictures that are beautiful and inspiring, and teach you something about the world. When it comes to the Found archival Tumblr, I have noticed that many people are drawn to historical photographs of the world’s most iconic places. We’re lucky to have a …

Common as Dirt, Which Isn’t Actually all That Common

This year is the International Year of Soils. This may not sound as catchy as previous international years, variously devoted to such topics as Water Cooperation, Sustainable Energy, Forests, Biodiversity, and Rapprochement of Cultures–but the truth is that the United Nations could hardly have made …

Ripple Effect: Saving Elephants One Kid at a Time

Changing Planet<p>Children’s voices can be extremely powerful—a fact readily apparent on a recent Sunday when more than 325 people—most of them children—participated in Vermont’s first kid-driven Global March for Elephants and Rhinos.<p>The event was initiated by 12-year-old Taegen Yardley, who organized …

The Brown Revolution: Why Healthy Soil Means Healthy People

The Brown Revolution is happening. If the last time you talked about soil was to call something as boring as dirt, heed what Leonardo da Vinci said: “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than we know about the soil underfoot.” That was 500 years ago and soil experts agree that it’s …

5 Questions We Want to Answer on World Food Day

<i>By Kenneth M. Quinn</i><p>In 1865, when the new global agribusiness company Cargill was founded in the tiny town of Conover, Iowa, not far from the birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the world looked vastly different. There were only about 1.3 …

To Grow More Crops, Cultivate the Birds and Bees

There’s a point of view about raising crops that you hear a lot: if we’re going to feed the nine billion people who are expected to be inhabiting this planet in the year 2050, we will need to expand and intensify the farming we do now. That means producing at least twice as much food, at a time …

Sixty Years of Data Show Waves are Getting Stronger, Threatening Coastlines and Infrastructure

Changing Planet<p>An aerial view of Colun Beach in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Los Rios, Chile. Photo © Nick Hall<p><i>By The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Borja G. Reguero and Dr. Michael W. Beck</i><p>Climate change is modifying the way our oceans work in many different ways, including ocean acidification and …

Digging Deep Reveals the Intricate World of Roots

If you’ve ever driven past wild prairie grasses swaying in the Kansas breeze and felt a wave of appreciation for America’s heartland, you should know that those visible grasses are just the tip of the iceberg.<p>“We’re pretty blind to what’s going on beneath the soil,” says photographer Jim …

Ocean Pollution: Race for Water Odyssey Demonstrates Widespread Plastic Pollution

Changing Planet<p><b>Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) has published its initial observations drawn from data collected during its first expedition to establish the first comprehensive assessment of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The combined analysis of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne</b> …

Do We Treat Our Soil Like Dirt?

That question headlining a 1984 <i>National Geographic</i> article on soils remains as relevant today as it was more than 30 years ago.<p>We lavish attention on our food, we want to know where it came from, who grew it, and whether it is “conventional” or “organic.” But we give hardly a passing thought to the …

New Spiky-Haired Mammal Roamed During Dinosaurs’ Heyday

When I think of mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs, I think of a shrew-like critter snuffling through the nighttime undergrowth. I can’t help it. That’s the meme that museums, books, and documentaries popularized when I was a fossil-crazed kid.<p>The classic view of the meek mammal eking out a living …

Caffeine Makes For Busy Bees, Not Productive Ones

A caffeinated bee is a busier bee. It’ll work harder to find food, and to communicate the location of said food to other bees. It will, however, misjudge the quality of the food it finds, and so make its colony less productive. The irony of writing about this as I sip an unwisely strong espresso at …

10 Great Halloween Celebrations in the U.S.

There’s more to Halloween than collecting candy. The holiday, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back some 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic harvest festival.<p>Rather than fade into the history books, Halloween has only gained in popularity in the United States. Communities across the …

Growing Underground

Share, Stop Waste, Collaborate: World Food Day Ideas From Our Twitter Chat

Tony Hawk Helped To Design The Hendo 2.0 Hoverboard

Back to the present<p>We’re almost at the end of 2015, and the question isn’t <b>if</b> <i>Back To The Future</i>’s Marty McFly would have a hoverboard to ride, but <b>which one</b>?<p>If McFly has any sense of branding, perhaps he'll be swayed by the new Hendo 2.0, a redesigned magnetic levitation board featuring design input …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

10 Eye-Catching Metro Stations Worth a Stop

Stepping into this Stockholm station is like stepping into a very elaborate cave. The only place where all three of Stockholm’s metro lines meet, …

Urban Design

The 3-D Printing Revolution

Industrial 3-D printing is at a tipping point, about to go mainstream in a big way. Most executives and many engineers don’t realize it, but this technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets, and toys. “Additive manufacturing” is creating durable and safe products for sale …

Manufacturing

Meryl Streep funds new screenwriting lab for women over 40

Meryl Streep is giving back—in the form of filmmaking, of course. Variety reports the three-time Oscar winner has funded a screenwriters lab for …

Are travel selfies narcissistic?

<b>(CNN) —</b> With spring breaks concluding or starting -- depending on where you live in the world -- everyone seems to be taking travel photos. No longer are these photos shared days or weeks after a trip, but instead, they are often shared from the very tourist site they're taken from.<p>Instead of …

Social Media

Yet another White House fence-jumper arrested by secret service

A person who climbed and jumped the White House fence was arrested late on Sunday night by secret service agents, quickly ending the latest intrusion following a series of embarrassing incidents for the agency.<p>In a statement, the service said the intruder “was immediately arrested” after climbing …

Secret Service

When Cops Check Facebook

America’s police are using social media to fight crime, a practice that raises troubling questions.<p>In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging …

Social Media

New Photos of Studio 54

New Photos of Studio 54<p>via juxtapoz.com<p>During the disco craze of the ‘70s, photographer Hasse Persson spent many of his nights capturing the debauchery taking place at NYC hotspot Studio 54—a nightclub whose guest list regularly included Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Tina Turner and more. And though …

Art

Fresh From The Dairy: Cozy Duvet Covers

The past few weeks have been tough in my house – everyone has been sick! I’ve spent more time in my bed than anywhere else, and that made me start to …

Design

Cutting Edge Art and Technology Installations at STRP Biennial Defy Boundaries of Space

From March 20 to March 29, Eindhoven in the Netherlands is hosting one of Europe's most major art and technology events, the STRP Biennial. For 10 days, four large industrial halls are filled with monumental installations, cutting edge music and spectacular performances. This biennial focuses on …

Art

A Collection of Mirrors That Look Inflated

Zieta Prozessdesign, known for their blown-up looking stools, is back and taking that same idea to mirrors. TAFLA is a collection of steel mirrors …

Design