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Translucent Home Built Around a Tree in a Kazakh Forest

Located in a forest on the mountains of Almaty in Kazakhstan, architect Aibek Almasov of A.Masow Design Studio has designed a concept for a modern spiritual retreat. The project, known as <i>Tree in the house</i>, presents a cylindrical, four-story glass space featuring an encased tree in the center. A …

Kazakhstan

Beautiful Photographs of Mummified Birds

These photographs, by Nick Brandt, have been circulating the last few days. They’re from his new book, <i>Across the Ravaged Land</i>, and usually billed as …

Glitchy Paintings Blur Lines Between Realism & Surrealism

Brazilian-born, Berlin-based artist Harding Meyer paints large-scale expressive portraits of women and men that blur the boundaries between realism and surrealism. He artistically presents an intimate look at the human face on a larger-than-life canvas, allowing viewers to delve deep into each …

Modern Art

Blue Chilaba Artist: Claudio Bravo Completion Date: 1995 Style: Hyper-Realism Genre: portrait http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/claudio-bravo/ posted by Lee

Job Artist: Alphonse Mucha Completion Date: 1896 Style: Art Nouveau (Modern) Genre: poster Technique: lithography Dimensions: 59 x 173 cm http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/alphonse-mucha posted by Lee

Stormtrooper helmets go over to the art side – in pictures

Artists from David Bailey to Yinka Shonibare have appropriated the iconic Star Wars headgear for a new exhibition coming soon to London's Saatchi Gallery as part of STRARTA art fair. Art Wars, featuring a tantalising array of variously soup-canned, crocheted and jewel-encrusted helmets, will run …

What’s a Danajon Bank?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>by Michael Ready, Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers<p>In April 2013, after four planes, a ferry, and two outriggers, I arrived at Handumon, a remote village and field station on Jandayan Island in the Philippines. As I lay down the first …

Conservation

Navigations: The Liberty of Silence

<i>“Navigations,” a new column published twice a month, offers a deep dive into a great adventure story by writer Mark Jenkins. Jenkins, a seasoned climber and contributing writer to</i> National Geographic, <i>has been on 50 expeditions to more than 100 countries to cover adventure and geopolitical topics</i> …

Mountaineering

Hard Times Followed Booms for Europe's Ancient Farmers

Radiocarbon dating points to centuries-long population cycles.<p><b>Feast or famine was the rule for Europe's first farmers, archaeologists report. A population bust followed boom times in early agriculture from France to Ireland, a catalog of radiocarbon dates reveals.</b><p><b>Farming first moved into Europe</b> …

Anthropology

Photo: Underwater View of Raindrops Hitting the Ocean Surface

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>You often don’t have to go far below the surface of the ocean to escape the turbulence of waves and storms, but the view of raindrops dimpling and rippling the surface is a graceful reminder of the wildness above. (Photo by Andrew Howley/NGS) [Click for wallpaper.]Diving in …

Nature

First Cloud Map of a Planet Beyond our Solar System

<b>After cataloging nearly a thousand worlds beyond our solar system, astronomers can now for the first time forecast cloudy skies on a distant exoplanet.</b><p>While the above image may not resemble a weather map, it shows a first look at clouds on a hot, Jupiter-like world dubbed Kepler 7b, which resides …

Astronomy

NASA Hit by Government Shutdown

Federal shutdown forestalls space agency reports and events.<p><b>Happy birthday, NASA. Now take today off. It may be the first of many such days, thanks to the federal government shutdown.</b><p>As NASA celebrates the 55th anniversary of the start of its formal operations on October 1, 1958, roughly 97 percent …

Space Science

Science warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth

The Ecuadorian government is currently racing ahead with plans to drill for oil in the core of what is arguably the most biodiverse corner of the planet: Blocks 31 and ITT of the famed Yasuní National Park. This new aggressive push for oil drilling comes as a stunning backlash to the failure of a …

Ecology

Despite Shutdown NASA Planetary Probes On the Job

<b>No worries… yet. Despite the U.S. government shutdown and cancellation of most of NASA’s activities, the space agency’s fleet of planetary spacecraft will remain on the job, including its Mars rovers and orbiters. (Read: “NASA Hit by Government Shutdown.”)</b><p>That’s good news for the armada of robots …

Mars Mission

Will the Big Cats Survive the Free-Roaming Domestic Cats in the Sundarbans & Elsewhere?

I’m a wildlife ecologist and conservationist and I believe in promoting a “no-kill” nation with regard to feral and stray cats. However, let me share concerns with you put forth by many in the conservation community concerning feral cats.<p>I just returned from South Asia where I was working on rescue …

Wildlife

Behind the Shot: Paddling Out and Missing a Huge Wave Off Namotu Island, Fiji

<i>See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery.</i><p>“I hope I get under this,” was the thought going through surfer <b>Sean Woolnough</b>‘s mind as he rose on this wave, named Love Shacks, off Namotu Island, Fiji. Woolnough had just paddled out for the first wave, missed it, and turned …

Aquatic Sports

Supervolcanoes Rocked Early Mars

Volcanoes

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: A Day in the “Office”

Changing Planet<p>The Huinay Scientific Field Station’s vessel, the Llonco, traverses Comau Fjord to bring us diving supplies. The stunning mountains have been an amazing backdrop this last few days. Photo by Rhian Waller.<p>On expedition we often joke that one day rolls into another, and it takes three …

Nature

Can Long-Distance Migrating Shorebird Survive?

Rufa red knot faces depletion of its food sources and its Arctic breeding grounds.<p><b>Twice a year, the rufa red knot performs one of the planet's most amazing migrations. After wintering in the southern reaches of Argentina and Chile, the red knot will fly roughly 9,300 miles (15,000 kilometers)</b> …

Birds

11 Music Venue Icons in the U.S.

For many people, music is the opposite of travel. It comes <i>to</i> us. If your dream is seeing “the Boss,” you wait for a tour, then buy your ticket to a variation on the same show in some big-box arena.<p>Yet some music venues are destinations themselves. After poring through hundreds of candidates in the …

The Arts

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