Melissa Sterry

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Beyond borders: Why we need global action to protect migratory birds

One hundred years ago, amid the chaos of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and King George V of Great Britain turned their attention to a …

Biodiversity

The expensive ‘Italian’ shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops

Campaigners claim millions of shoppers are being led to believe the expensive shoes they buy in high-street stores are made in Germany and Italy – when many are actually made by workers on poverty wages in eastern European sweatshops.<p>The scandal is exposed in a damning investigation into the …

Shoes

Data Visualization Dress Maps Human Displacement At London's Science Museum

With every piece of data out there today, there is – more often than not – a human story behind it. That’s the idea behind Dress For Our Time, an installation unveiled at the Science Museum in London that delves into the global refugee crisis and the complex matter of human displacement in a bid to …

Maps

Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change

As climate change alters 
habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will
 animals move to survive?
 And will human development prevent them from …

Migration

What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

An ethical accessories label in the United Kingdom wants to pilot a program that offers employment to the region’s homeless. Making its pitch on …

Style

visit the exhibition using fashion to explore global migration

When artist, designer, academic and activist Professor Helen Storey created her Dress For Our Time installation in November last year, she did so with the intention of sending a powerful message about environmental change and the plight of refugees.<p>Positioned at the London Eurostar terminal used by …

Migration

Desert elephants pass on knowledge -- not mutations -- to survive

Despite reported differences in appearance and behavior, DNA evidence finds that Namibian desert elephants share the same DNA as African savanna …

Biology

The MIT Lab That’s Quietly Pioneering Fashion For Everyone

Open Style Lab wants the fashion industry to think about more bodies, more ages, and more abilities.<p>For Aimee Mury, finding clothing that works for her 11-year-old daughter Eliza is a challenge, and not just in the ways typical to buying clothes for a pre-adolescent girl. Eliza is autistic, with a …

Style

New "Bionic" Leaf Is Roughly 10 Times More Efficient Than Natural Photosynthesis

A tree's leaf, a blade of grass, a single algal cell: all make fuel from the simple combination of water, sunlight and carbon dioxide through …

Biology

AA School of Architecture Designs Adaptable Structural Plastic 3D Printing Method

The AA School of Architecture’s DRL Masters Program has developed a thesis project, entitled Growing Systems, which explores adaptable building …

Architecture

Controversial insecticides linked to 'large-scale population extinctions' of wild bees

A major 18-year study has found evidence linking controversial ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides with “large-scale population extinctions” of wild bees for …

UK News

Clement Balavoine's Neuro process lets garments be completely digitally tailored

French designer Clement Balavoine has created a digital-only process that lets fashion designers create and personalise a garment without ever …

3D

Pressure mounts on retailers to reform throwaway clothing culture

Fast-growing, fast-fashion retailer H&M, which has more than 4,000 stores in 62 countries, sold $24.5bn worth of T-shirts, pants, jackets, and dresses last year. It also took 12,000 tons of clothes back. In a glossy, celebrity-studded video, H&M says: “There are no rules in fashion but one: Recycle …

Clothing

Dinosaur-surviving mammal endangered by stray dogs

If there was any justice in the animal kingdom – any at all – the solenodon would be as famous as the tiger. The solenodon is a rabbit-sized, shrew-like mammal that is only found on two Caribbean islands: Cuba and Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti).<p>There are a whole slew of reasons why …

Science

Key Parts of Africa Could Lose Half Their Lions

"If we don’t address these declines urgently, and at a massive scale, the intensively managed populations in southern Africa will be a poor …

East Africa

The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants. It threatens our future too

Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect them. It seems paradoxical that the largest land animal, which has come to symbolise strength and sagacity, should be so vulnerable – but across …

Elephants

Tech companies vow to prevent illegal wildlife trading via their networks

Looking to buy an elephant tusk on eBay? Might not be so easy.<p>The e-commerce giant, along with Etsy, Gumtree, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tencent and Yahoo, have signed on to a new commitment to prevent the sale of illegal wildlife products on their services.<p>The initiative is in collaboration with the …

Wildlife

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and birds we can enjoy today. But bursting through the scrub would’ve been one surprise: a pygmy elephant, one metre high, one of many different …

Museums

Biohybrid robots built from living tissue start to take shape

Another option is to use more robust cells as actuators. Here at Case Western Reserve University, we've recently begun to investigate this …

New brand empowers teen fashion designers through creativity and business

My wife Kelly Sparks is design director at Epic Sky, a new fashion brand that's all about empowering young teen and tween girls. Rather than just …

Style

More than 60% of Maldives' coral reefs hit by bleaching

More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.<p>Bleaching happens when algae that lives in the coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme and sustained changes in temperatures, …

Coral reefs

Life thriving on UK's biggest underwater mountains

<b>Life is thriving on the UK's tallest underwater mountains, an expedition has revealed.</b><p>Scientists used robotic submersibles to dive more than 2,000m …

United Kingdom

Polish Artists Recreate Traditional Slavic Wreaths as Gorgeous Floral Headdresses

From the bright beads to the bold makeup to the bouquets balanced as exuberant crowns, these photographs by Ula Kóska are rich with color, pattern, and texture. Created in collaboration with makeup artist, stylist, and costume designer Beata Bojda, the images comprise a series called <i>Etno</i>, an …

Wreaths

Nucleo launches Terra 2.0 grow-it-yourself grass armchair

Italian design collective Nucleo has tweaked its popular design for a grass armchair that grows over time, relaunching it with a crowdfunding …

Design

Art from the gut: the scientifically inspired work of Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

The highly respected Macedonian artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva will show a selection of her recent work at the Djanogly gallery in Nottingham later this month, demonstrating her unusual and ambitious installations in a grand, three-part exhibition. Hadzi-Vasileva specialises in mixed-media …

Artists

Wall-climbing robots build new structures from carbon fibre

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have devised a new method of construction using mini robots that they claim is cheap, fast and can create …

Robotics

Scientists Collect the First Entries For a Library of Ice

Glacier experts have begun the first phase of a plan to carry ice from the top of the Alps to the bottom of the world. On August 15, a team of 10 …

Cool

elizabeth lee develops ethereal digital interlude jewellery collection

elizabeth lee develops ethereal digital interlude jewellery collection<p><b>elizabeth lee is a london based jewellery designer who explores the interaction</b> …

Jewelry

Making the World Safer for Birds, One Piece of Glass at a Time

On the most beautiful days of spring, Mary Shidel begins her rounds around 6 in the morning. As a banding assistant at the Powdermill Avian Research …

FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

A group of students from New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology have developed a biologically derived filament that can be knitted, whether …

Textiles