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Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

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New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

What Astrobiology Can Tell Us About The Fate Of The Planet

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"There are no planetary free lunches"

Adam Frank for The New York Times: OUR galaxy, the Milky Way, is home to almost 300 billion stars, and over the last decade, astronomers have made a startling discovery — almost all those stars have planets. The fact that nearly every pinprick of light you see in the night sky hosts a family of worlds raises a powerful but simple question: “Where is everybody?” Hundreds of......read more

Cubist Watercolors by Adam Lister

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Cubism meets Nintendo in this series of watercolor paintings

Adam Lister has gotten attention for his 8-bit watercolor paintings and in this series, put together by our friends at Faith is Torment, there are a few of Lister's takes on the classics like Seurat, and Hopper. It's a modern day ode to Cubism but also has aspects of early Nintendo games with their blocky graphics. I start with a pencil drawing, blocking in a few of the bigger components of my......read more

Adam Magyar: Squares

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Fictional aerial views of the urban environment

In in Squares project, Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar presents us with imaginary top-down views of people in the city. The images, created from hundreds of different pictures captured using custom-built photographic equipment, allow viewers to consider the pace and volume of modern urban living. "Squares is a series of non-existent urban places," he writes. "I created fake aerial photos and......read more

A Force for Nature

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A new book from John Adams, founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In 1969, raw sewage floated through the waterways of New York City and soot from smokestacks choked the air. The situation was much the same in other American cities. John Adams and his wife Patricia decided to do something about it, creating the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. Today, the group has 1.3 million members along with a staff of over 300 scientists, lawyers, and......read more

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