This 3200 year old tree is so big it’s never been captured in a single image: until now!

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By Tristan Rayner in New Eco on Saturday 22 March 2014

‘The President’ doesn’t have a nickname for just any old reason. This giant sequoia, one of the largest trees in the world, stands 75.3m tall, 8.2m wide, measures 1,274.3 cubic metres in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old. And it’s never been completely photographed – until a tree-climbing scientist got involved. Behold, 32 days of work to take 126 individual photos, stitched together to create one amazing image. [This post first appeared on our sister site, Techly]

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Long exposure photos reveal beautiful world of fireflies

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 30 January 2014

The yellow dots are attacking from the dark forests! Kidding. These photos are actually of fireflies lighting up at night. Okayama-based photographer Tsuneaki Hiramitsu has taken shots of fireflies for years, often going out of the city and into dark, wooded areas where the fireflies reside.

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Expedition into in Southeast Suriname uncovers 60 new species

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Saturday 12 October 2013

Just when you think that we humans have explored and pilfered every square inch of our planet, someone like Trond Larsen goes to South America and reports discovering 60 new species there! His wild stories of adventure and mis-hap in Southeast Suriname lend an air of excitement and danger to his report of the three week […]

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Bat taxidermy: time-lapse from specimen to display

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Video on Wednesday 9 October 2013

This time-lapse video created by LSA’s Museum of Zoology walks us through the science of bat taxidermy. Don’t watch this if you’ve just eaten a heavy lunch. It’s a bit gross but highly fascinating and beautiful in a weird way. The bat skeleton is so delicate and detailed, like a piece of lace. I loved seeing […]

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True story: Drunk pig steals 18 beers then fights a cow

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 8 October 2013

This wild pig was recently seen causing havoc after hammering 18 stolen beers. The little guy snuck into a camp site situated in an area of Western Australia at the DeGray River rest area and pilfered the booze before the campers could stop him. After drinking the alcohol, he picked a fight with a cow. True. […]

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The truth is out: Mice sing to warn rival mice

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Research recently published in The American Naturalist has shown that two tribes of mice — Alston’s singing mouse and Chiriqui singing mouse — who share their living spaces in the cloud forests between Costa Rica and Panama, sing whenever they detect intruders of the other species on their turf. What can we say? There must […]

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Sloths will take over the world … eventually

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Monday 23 September 2013

They have arrived to take over the world. But don’t worry, take your time, they’re not in any rush. The Sloth. A furry mammal indigenous to the South American rainforests. It is slow and lazy, but at the same time, cute and cuddly. You could say they are the South American versions of the panda.

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Photos of the annual Painted Elephant Parade

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Monday 23 September 2013

No, you aren’t drunk: those are real, technicolour elephants on parade. Thanks to photographer Charles Freger, we have these lovely photos taken in Jaipur, India at the start of the annual Painted Elephant Parade.

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Are plants better at math than you?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Plants are smarter then we thought. According to recent research, plants can calculate exactly how much food theY will need each night to make it through the long, dark hours. Not only can they plan ahead thanks to their internal clocks, but apparently plants can adapt their math equation to changing external forces such as […]

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Solid Rain: Instant water

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Friday 6 September 2013

Solid Rain is a bizarre new invention in the world of water and plants. It’s a a highly absorbent polymer that comes in the form of crystals. The magic little pebbles absorb water like nothing ever invented before. Just 10 grams of this stuff can hold up to a liter of water. And when tilled into […]

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Smart fiber with chameleon tendencies

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 2 September 2013

Based on a design found in nature, scientists from Harvard University and the University of Exeter have recently come up with a smart fabric that will change colours when various amounts of stress are applied. Designed to mimic the colours of the seed pods grown on “bastard hogberry” plants, the fabric changes color from red to blue as pressure is […]

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Classical still-life paintings from nature

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 29 August 2013

‘My interests in natural phenomenon (dermoid cysts, fungus, invasive flora/fauna) and my love of candied old-master opulence always seem to be present in my painting… Painting with attention to detail, I’ve become accustomed to the fact that nature in itself, or anything living really, never totally allows you to have a perfectly idealized experience. Everything is always spewing, dripping, rotting a little’.

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Animals living in homes abandoned by people

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 16 August 2013

Wow. When Kai Fagerström found out that all manners of animals like foxes and badgers had moved into the deserted houses near his family’s summer home in Suomusjärvi, Finland not too long ago, he took these stunning snapshots. As he put it, “There’s consolation in the idea that nature is reclaiming the places it has lent to people.”

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Mice running on wheels re-create an (out of tune) chamber orchestra

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By Quiet ensemble in Video on Thursday 15 August 2013

Orchestra Da Camera is a musical installation in which the 40 elements of the chamber are actually mice running on their wheels. Each wheel its connected to a carillon, and when it turns, the carillon starts playing its musical note. The great number of carillons and the random actions of the live mice makes the […]

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Rainbow Mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 6 August 2013

At first glance, you’d assume that these images couldn’t possibly be real. Surprisingly, they are actual mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park. The incredible colours are the result of layers of sandstone and various minerals, which the mountain range its vivid patterns.

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