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Disaster in Japan: How to Help

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Get involved with the relief effort. Here's how.

The disaster in Japan has all of us wondering what we can do to help. There are a bunch of groups doing work on the ground and there are lots of ways to get involved. Here are a few: Red Cross: Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone. Save the Children: To make a donation, click here, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. GlobalGiving:......read more

Fleet Foxes, "Grown Ocean"

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Sweeping vistas and smiling faces abound in the first video for Seattle band's upcoming record.

The first video for Fleet Foxes' upcoming sophomore release Helplessness Blues, for the song "Grown Ocean," is full of grainy footage of Pacific Northwestern landscapes intermixed with shots of the Seattle folksters recording the new album in various studios. Singer Robin Pecknold said they used a bunch of new instruments on the recording, including "the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer,......read more

Fleet Foxes, "The Shrine/An Argument"

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Sean Pecknold's tripped-out animation for top track off Seattle folkies' latest LP

We managed to miss this one when it dropped late last year, and goddamn if it may just be one of the videos of the year. At 8-plus minutes, "The Shrine/An Argument" is a certified epic, and maybe the best track off the Seattle folk heroes' patchy 2011 LP, Helplessness Blues. The video, directed by Sean Pecknold (brother of Fleet Foxes frontman Robin), features some eye-popping stop......read more

45rpm Goes Organic

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Revered Japanese label introduces organic winter collection to its North American offerings. More hot than warm.

With Dash, the all-organic winter collection from R by 45rpm, the Japanese brand gives lovingly detailed denim, sweaters, knitted caps, button-ups and totes the eco-treatment. Needless to say, organic clothing made in Japan brings a hefty price tag, so don’t be shocked when they ring in your purchase. ...read more

Whale War Collision

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Anti-whaling speedboat destroyed in collision with whaling vessel.

[Update] Here's some more footage from another angle. (Via Dot Earth) Photo by JoAnne McArthur of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society...read more

Solar Power From Space?

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Japanese government plans to capture solar energy in space and send it to Earth via laser or microwave by 2030.

The Japanese government recently chose a group of companies and research teams who are assigned to achieve this ambition, a dream worth billions of dollars, to produce clean energy in an unlimited amount in the next few decades. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) hopes that the ambitious plans will help ease the country’s energy problems as well as provide a solution for global......read more

"Eat Fresh" Indeed

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A Japanese Subway location experiments with growing its own lettuce.

It is a rare occasion that you'll find a post on SHFT commending the fast food industry, which gets a general fail for its heavy footprint and for pushing products of dubious nutritional value. In Japan, a busy Subway location in Tokyo is making a move in the right direction, with a new, enclosed hydroponic garden for growing lettuce. Adding truth to the Subway tagline "Eat Fresh,"......read more

Is Pacific Seafood Safe from Nuclear Contamination?

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The seafood industry braces for the impact of the crisis in Japan.

This year's World Water Day brings fresh concerns about seafood safety in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan. Fishermen, fish buyers, and consumers on both sides of the Pacific are dealing with the ripple effects of the crisis. Addressing U.S. consumer safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration said it was taking steps to measure radiation contamination in......read more

Beautiful Wind Farm Photos by Yozo Takada

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Japanese photographer applies delicate look to "Windscape" series.

Who says wind turbines are industrial eyesores? Shot with the camera of Japanese photographer Yozo Takada, wind farms take on a beautifully muted look that sharply contrasts the brawn and power of the structures. Loving the gauzy vibe of the photos. Very nice. (via Colossal)...read more

Fireflies Shimmer in Long-Exposure Photos

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Magical time-lapse photography by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

When digital photos look too good to be true, they usually are. That's the assumption, anyway. So when we first ran across these incredible images of fireflies sparkling in the Japanese night, we assumed they had been touched up by a heavy hand. Not so, apparently. The man behind the camera -- Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, a hobby photographer from Okayama City -- used long-exposure and time-lapse......read more

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