Melissa Sterry

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Colombia's Creative Boom

What's behind the growing international success of Colombian fashion designers?<p><b>BOGOTA, Colombia —</b> “We’re interested in showcasing a different side of Colombia, one that’s detached from its folklore and tropical spirit,” says Vanessa Gómez, a long, lean and pale figure with shaved head and piercing …

Colombia

Turn Digital Art into Textiles with WOVNS: Made-to-order fabric featuring your own unique designs

The barrier between personal designs and tangible textile production has been further reduced. WOVNS, recently fully funded on Kickstarter, has launched a platform for emerging designers—or anyone with a vision—to see their work come to life. One only needs to upload files of their digital designs, …

Textiles

Conservationists Warn Endangered Species Will Vanish Forever Unless We Act Now

"We must not go quietly into this impoverished future."<p>Scientists from around the world are calling for increased efforts to protect many of the Earth’s largest and most enchanting species before humanity wipes them out.<p>In an open letter published Wednesday in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife …

Conservation

Biodiversity greater inside Earth's protected areas, study finds

Biodiversity is greater inside the world’s protected areas, scientists have been able to show for the first time.<p>There are 15% more individual plants and animals and 11% more species inside than outside protected areas, according to the largest analysis of biodiversity in terrestrial globally …

Biodiversity

Animals are more afraid of humans than of bears, wolves, and dogs

<b>Who can blame them? Humans kill animals at rates up to 14 times higher than other predators.</b><br>Humans have become the dominant predator in many …

Life Sciences

Scientists discovered a glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean. They have no idea what it is.

Deep under the sea, near the Channel Islands several miles off the coast of California, marine scientists noticed a glowing purple orb hiding in the shadows. They zoomed in on the creature with an underwater robot camera — and were completely mystified. They had never seen anything like this before.<p>…

Oceans

Biologist Single-Handedly Repopulates a Rare Species of Butterfly in His Backyard

The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly was once suffering a fate that so many creatures face—the loss of its habitat in San Francisco was causing their population to decline. But thanks to one man’s DIY efforts, the iridescent blue-winged insect is flourishing again. California Academy of …

Animals

Portraits Of The Afterlife: The Eerie Costumes Of Japan's Folklore Festivals

Charles Fréger's photographs focus on the unforgettable masquerades of Japanese communities celebrating their local spirits.<p>The world is full of gods and demons, and it's the mission of French photographer Charles Fréger to capture them on film. In his latest series of photos, <i>Yokainoshima</i>, Fréger …

Folklore

The Velo Chair Uses A Single Piece Of Bent Wood As The Backrest

Photography by Lourival Junior<p>When designers are thinking about creating furniture pieces or other objects, they often look around them for …

Design

Clear Choice: A Glass Globe Terrarium by Designer Richard Clarkson

Brooklyn-based designer Richard Clarkson’s goal is to create products that inspire wonder, from a cloud lamp that simulates a thunderstorm to a rotary-dial cell phone.<p>Now the team at Richard Clarkson Design Studio has created a hanging glass orb so captivating that it makes us question everything …

Landscape architecture

Minimalist Housewares Made From Recycled Construction Waste

Project Overview<p>Recycle Series, an experimental series mainly made of recycled construction concrete.<p>Recycle Series is the reflection on modern …

Construction

Young people urge politicians to help safeguard nature

Almost nine out of 10 young people think it is important for politicians to take care of wildlife and the environment, according to a new poll.<p>Two-thirds of 16- to 34-year-olds agree the environment is a top voting priority for them, the CensusWide survey of 1,000 people of all ages revealed.<p>The …

Nature

As big animals go extinct, so do the benefits they offer humans, scientists find

What will the world look like as iconic wild animals such as rhinos and tigers go extinct? Among other impacts: diminished biological diversity, …

Science

Storks dine out on giant landfill sites instead of migrating

By<p>IT MIGHT not look that appetising to us, but for white storks, this dump is like an all-you-can eat buffet.<p>White storks traditionally make an epic …

Migration

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Spider silk microstructure found to have unique acoustic properties

Researchers have learned another thing about spider silk, and as with past discoveries, it may lead to the development of new materials for use among …

Spiders

Mexican village uses fireflies to halt deforestation by local logging industry

In the village of Nanacamilpa, tiny fireflies are helping save the towering pine and fir trees on the outskirts of the megalopolis of Mexico City.<p>Thousands of them light up a magical spectacle at dusk in the old-growth forests on reserves such as the Piedra Canteada park, about 45 miles (75km) east …

Fireflies

Holobiont Urbanism – City as a complex, adaptive, biological superstructure

Created by Regina Flores as a part of her MFA thesis at the Parsons, with support from the Playful Systems Group at the MIT Media Lab, <i>Holobiont</i> …

Maps

Insecticides Are Blamed For Lower Bee Sperm Viability

Several recent studies around bee sperm could help save the species<p>Let's talk about the birds and the bees. Or literally, just the bees: Their sperm is in trouble.<p>A study published today in the journal <i>Proceedings of the Royal Society B</i> shows that a commonly used insecticide doesn't kill bees, but …

Sperm

Animals are starving to death in Venezuelan zoos due to food shortages

Some 50 animals have starved to death at one of Venezuela’s major zoos as the chronic food shortages continue, a union leader has said.<p>The animals …

Animals

Smart bricks will transform how buildings work

Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists from the University …

Science

VICTORY: Dublin Council Votes to Ban Wild-Animal Circuses

On Monday, Dublin City Council voted in favour of banning wild-animal circuses from public land!<p>Thanks to <b>the motion</b>, which was introduced by …

Circuses

Crows are first animals spotted using tools to carry objects

Brainy New Caledonian crows have figured out how to carry objects too large to move with their beaks by using a stick

Birds

Studio Mumbai to use bamboo to build Melbourne's MPavilion

Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain has revealed his design for this year's MPavilion, billed to become the largest bamboo structure ever built in …

Bamboo

Jalila Essaïdi makes textiles from manure

Eindhoven designer Jalila Essaïdi has turned manure into haute couture, creating a poo-based fabric that has been used to make clothes (+ movie).<p>The …

Design

First Prize Winning Design Cuts Natural Amphitheater Into Cliffside in Italy

First Prize Winning Design Cuts Natural Amphitheater Into Cliffside in Italy<p>A proposal from AM3 Architetti Associati uses the flow of the natural …

Italy

Scientist have discovered that these marine animals likely mourn their dead

Just in case you wanted to feel really sad today, scientists have discovered that at least seven species of marine mammals mourn the death of family or friends.<p>The study identified mammals that clung to the bodies of dead compatriots, and kept vigil over a dead companion.<p>Although they can’t …

Marine biology

South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

<b>South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.</b><p>A six year study of the country's coastal waters concluded that only 350 to 500 great white sharks remain.<p>This is half the level previously thought, the researchers from …

South Africa

City slicker monkeys are overweight and have high cholesterol

By<p>City slicker monkeys have it easy – but with their newfound lifestyle come health concerns.<p>Many white-footed tamarins seem to have been only too …

Urban ecology

Architects Built This Monumental Land Art By Imitating Geological Processes

The structures, part of Tippet Rise Art Center, were created by man-made versions of erosion, fragmentation and sedimentation.<p>On the Southern edge of Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park and at the foot of the hulking Beartooth Mountains, the Tippet Rise Art Center is preparing to open …

Land art