When plants and animals change to cope with human intervention

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Singapore artist Robert Zhao Renhui recently unveiled his A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World project at the Singapore Biennale, which offers a sobering look at how the natural world has been altered by human action and intervention. Among the images are those showing life-forms that have evolved to cope with the […]

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Photos from the smog-filled Chinese city of Harbin

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 24 October 2013

No this isn’t the foggy town of Silent Hill. That fog also isn’t fog; it’s smog. Welcome to the northern city of Harbin, China, home to 11 million people. In the past days, school has been cancelled, the airport has been closed, and certain bus routes have been suspended due to the city’s serious smog […]

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New study to track altruism in vampire bats

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

This crowd-funded appeal to conduct non-invasive behaviorial experiments on vampire bats — which have been observed to be ‘extreme social cooperators’ — recently ended successfully. The research will use the vampire bat as a new model to answer questions such as ‘What social information do vampire bats use to decide whether to donate to others? […]

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Floating platform for water purification

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By Piotr Szymaniak in New Events on Monday 26 April 2010

Have you ever thought about how much energy you might be wasting just using your muscles to move your body? Well, Jakub Szczęsny from Warsaw clearly has. He has decided to collect the energy of people exercising outdoors by building, in conjunction with a group of engineers and the team the FunBec.eu foundation, a synchronised […]

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LUMI rainwater tank

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By Snell in New Eco on Sunday 7 September 2008

Rainwater tanks are here to stay. Not only is the general populace turning to them as the realization sinks in that water is a scarce resource, but they are also being legislated by government at all levels. The unfortunate problem is that the vast majority are not the most attractive additions to the built environment, particularly the latest round of polypropylene models, which are mostly big beige blobs.

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Switchgrass derived bioplastics

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By Gerry Mak in New Eco on Monday 1 September 2008

With the growing recognition that petroleum-based plastics are killing the planet and giving us cancer comes an increasing interest in biodegradable bioplastics that come from more sustainable sources. Environmental tech company Metabolix recently announced that they have discovered a way to derive large amounts of bioplastic by growing it in switchgrass. The company uses the […]

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Andy Goldsworthy

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 22 February 2008

British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy uses found materials to make his site-specific pieces. A devout environmentalist, his work aims to draw out the impermanent yet ethereal character of the spaces in which they are placed.

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Michael Pollan on the beef recall

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Tuesday 1 January 2008

Seriously, not to be preachy, but why are you still eating fast food? Eating habits are not matters of personal choice anymore. Most environmentalists, not to mention nutritionists and even economists, are increasingly in agreement that partaking of the cheap food produced by the industrialized food chain is akin to, if not worse than, driving a gas-guzzling SUV.

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