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A Year on the Road: Endless Simmer

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Will my search for the Endless Summer end in 2013?

It's around this time of year again when sleeves get longer and the sun begins to get that familiar autumn slant, signs that shorter days are swiftly approaching. Though this summer was particularly long and hot, it inevitably feels too short, the sweet days and nights playing on repeat in your mind like the perfect film you don't want to forget. I recall watching Bruce Brown's......read more

Wolfgang Hutter's Fantastic Realism

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Exquisite environments of artifice from the Viennese painter

Austrian painter/illustrator Wolfgang Hutter, one of the founding members of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism formed after WWII, creates magical dreamscapes that pay equal homage to both the Old Masters and the Surrealists. With images of fantastical fairy tales scenes and imaginary Utopias, you can see why the artist is also a successful childrens' book illustrator. From the notes to the......read more

Magical Photography by Beata Cervin

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Surreal images appear straight from the pages of a fairy tale

Stockholm-based photographer Beata Cervin ventures deep into fairy tale territory with her Magic series, spotted on My Modern Met. The photos have a distinctly light and airy feeling, and Beata expands upon the motif by incorporating balloons, feathers, butterflies and beams of light. The protagonist is a gorgeous pixie-like subject, who floats away in sweeping landscapes, and sits idly......read more

Tristram Lansdowne's Surreal Imagined Worlds

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Meticulously crafted works by the Toronto painter

We're loving these strange, surreal works from the portfolio of Tristram Lansdowne, a Toronto-based painter who depicts floating spaces that range from impossible landscape forms to haunting urban zones. His newer paintings and etchings, collected in a recent show entitled Fata Morgana (defined as a complex mirage that seen in a narrow band right above the horizon), explore landscape,......read more

Unearthly Landscape Photos by Reuben Wu

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Liverpool photographer highlights hidden and forgotten places

Synth-pop fans might be familiar with Reuben Wu as a founding member of Ladytron, the Liverpudlian electro band named after the classic Roxy Music song. It turns out that Wu is also an accomplished photographer, with a defined aesthetic that could only be described as surreal. His work as a touring musician has afforded him access to places in the world that most of us will never see.  Wu......read more

Removing Mountains

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Daniel Shea captures the destructive process of mountaintop mining in the Appalachians

Turns out mountains really can be moved. Or rather, removed. Mountaintop removal, as the name implies, involves blasting away the tops of mountains in order to expose the coal seams underneath. The resulting tons of dirt and stone are typically discarded into nearby valleys and streams, with devastating impacts on mountain ecosystems. The process is particularly prevalent in the Appalachians,......read more

Surrealist Art Meets Green Architecture in an Austrian Home

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From Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, a green home M.C. Escher would admire

Surrealist sculpture and green architecture collide in this hillside Austrian home that might make M.C. Escher blush -- and Mies van der Rohe cringe. The detached house, designed by Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, is covered in a soft synthetic turf, offering a strange yet somehow literal take on green wall design. With willfully superfluous windows extending from other windows and weirdly placed......read more

4 Big Unresolved Questions In The Draft Climate Agreement

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Midway In The Climate Talks In Paris, Negotiators Have A Rough Draft

LE BOURGET, France—Negotiators from 195 countries signed off on a draft climate agreement here Saturday, but the document left so many huge questions unanswered that the real work is only just beginning. The negotiating teams turned their rough draft over to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will guide senior ministers from each country Monday as they try to seal a......read more

Paris Climate Talks

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Questions Linger Before Final Deal, Canada Will Play a Big Role, and Australia Turns Focus to Rainforests.

A draft of a climate agreement is finished, but it leaves many questions unanswered. Now, as government ministers swoop in to finish off the talks by 11 December, those questions must be addressed. Nature recaps the weekend’s reaction and looks ahead to the final days of the climate talks. 1. Edging closer to a final deal A week of “very low drama” produced a draft of a......read more

Why 2014 Is a Big Deal

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Thomas Friedman on what plummeting oil prices mean for the climate fight

Thomas L. Friedman for The New York Times: I WAS just about to go with a column that started like this: When they write the history of the global response to climate change, 2014 could well be seen as the moment when the balance between action and denial tipped decisively toward action. That’s thanks to the convergence of four giant forces: São Paulo, Brazil, went dry; China and the......read more

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