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More Amazing Hyperrealistic Body Paintings by Hikaru Cho

Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho, who we introduced to you here, has created a striking series of hyperrealistic body paintings called <i>My Body My Rights</i>. Released right before International Woman's Day as a part of the human right organization Amnesty International's campaign on sexual and reproductive …

Facebook spreads rainy-day blues to sunny places, study says

Ever feel the rainy-day blues on a bright and sunny afternoon? If so, your Facebook account may be to blame, according to new research.<p>In a paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists argued that the hugely popular social networking site exerts an emotional "spillover" effect that …

Psychology

Gas Leak Likely to Blame for Deadly New York City Explosion

New York City

Home-Brewing Biochar in Brooklyn

A New York startup is sequestering carbon and making fuel in an artists' warehouse<p>Among the hot new ideas afloat in the world of geoengineering is biochar, a form of charcoal that some say could significantly help in carbon sequestration in the future. Re:char, a fledgling company working out of a …

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

Negative Health Effects of Global Warming

Global warming is not only a threat to our future health, it already contributes to more than 150,000 deaths and 5 million illnesses annually, …

Global warming continues, but volcanoes are slowing down the warming of the atmosphere

It is exciting to watch our understanding of climate merge in the scientific literature. Right now, many studies are coming out that investigate the slowdown of global temperatures; of problems accounting for all the energy in the Earth's climate system; and the role of natural and human factors in …

Global warming slowdown 'does not invalidate climate change'

The slowdown in rising global surface temperatures is not a sign that climate change is no longer happening, the national science academies of the US and the UK have said.<p>Publishing a guide on the state of climate change science, the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society said the …

Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

<i>Photo © Shutterstock</i><p>Back in 1974, scientists used early satellite images to investigate a mysterious, ice-free region in the Antarctic sea called a …

Deforestation: is it time for a new strategy to save the world's rainforests?

As we head up the broad cocoa-coloured river, massive barges laden with logs cut from the huge plantations of acacia that sprawl across Sumatra's peaty eastern lowlands are tugged in the opposite direction.<p>Until a few decades ago, and in some places just a few months, this unique place was covered …

Biodiversity

Earth has lost more than half a million square miles of forest between 2000 and 2012. Analysis of 650,000 satellite images, published in the journal Science, reveal the extent of loss and recovery – Brazil’s success in the Amazon is offset by deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay, Bolivia, …

Brazil’s government reports a rise in deforestation in the Amazon.

The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that destruction of the Amazon rainforest in the country increased by 28 percent in a year. The rise …

Sumatran deforestation threatens orangutan population - video

Aerial footage, filmed by a drone operated by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation programme, shows the extent of large scale deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Tripa swamp forest once boasted 60,000 hectares of forest, which was home to 2,000 orangutans. Now most of it has been destroyed to …

Good News: Life On Earth Will Not Boil Away As Soon As Previously Thought

But the planet's still doomed.<p>Look around you. See the plants, the animals; most importantly, feel the earth beneath your toes. One day, the sun will brighten, and everything on the planet will burn. The oceans will vaporize. Complex life--eventually, even microbes--will no longer survive. But …

China's polluted air is changing the weather - Futurity

Air pollution over Asia, most of which is coming from China, is affecting the world's weather.

Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

New findings challenge a long-held belief that there is limited, if any, value of heavily logged forests for conservation.<p>New research has found …