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Klaus Pichler: Skeletons in the Closet

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Behind the scenes at Vienna's Museum of Natural History

Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler has spent the last three years roaming behind the exhibits at Vienna's Museum of Natural History, shooting photos of taxidermied animals. The results, collected in the ongoing series "Skeletons in the Closet," are simultaneously fascinating, grotesque, and hilarious. Writes Pichler: It all started when I happened to catch a glimpse through a basement......read more

Macro Minerals Make Abstract Art

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Incredible close-up images of agate crystals show off nature's art skills

Few things in nature are more creatively patterned than agate, a type of quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. The fine-grained rock has been a favorite carving material since at least as far back as Ancient Greece.  These macro shots of agate, part of a Flickr set created by a Czech mineral shop, show off the rock's psychedelic patterns and......read more

Terrific Travel Photos by Amanda Marsalis

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Stunning travel shots from the globe-trotting Los Angeles photographer

Amanda Marsalis doesn't like to stay still for long. The LA-based photographer says she spends more time on planes and in airports than she does at home. And she has the pictures to prove it. These photos, taken from her Travel One and Travel Two series, capture scenes from her regular wanderings around the world. Pretty amazing stuff.   Be sure to check out the full size pics in all......read more

Lights Out at Bulb Plant

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GE to close last remaining incandescent light bulb plant in the US.

In a story that encapsulates all of the difficult issues involved in the global shift toward sustainability, the last remaining General Electric plant in the US that produces incandescent lights will be closed this month. A 2007 law essentially outlawed the old-fashioned bulbs that were made ubiquitous by Thomas Edison. In a perfect world, the 200 jobs lost at the Virginia factory would be......read more

Energy Company Increases Transparency

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US natural gas driller to disclose chemical use.

In light of the Gulf oil spill, many citizens are becoming increasingly distrustful of energy companies and the methods they employ. In a very positive step, Range Resources has decided to voluntarily disclose the chemicals that it uses in order to break through sediment and acquire natural gas. The decision comes under mounting concern from citizens who live near the natural gas extraction......read more

SHFT Pop Up Gallery: A Few Pieces

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A closer look at some of the artists and their work.

Our pop-up gallery in downtown LA brought together 25 artists whose work shares the loose theme of man's relationship with nature. Some of the work is violent, some of it beautiful, but taken as a whole, they reflect man's increasingly fragile relationship to our planet. Here is just a handful of what our SHFT online 'gallery' can accomodate: Deb Ris (a.k.a. Anne Shackman):......read more

The Story Behind the Store

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SHFT opened a Pop-Up Store and Gallery in Los Angeles. Founder Peter Glatzer discusses why.

SHFT is a multi-media platform founded earlier this year by film producer Peter Glatzer, actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier, and sustainable designer Lauren Gropper. Our mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through art, video, design and culture. We bring together curated and original videos, a shop with sustainably designed items, and a host of blogs and......read more

Ars Natura: Cauda Equina

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Keith Bentley's hairy tribute to horses lost.

I learned several disturbing factoids when studying the work of multimedia artist Keith Bentley. First, there is actually an entire industry called “horse rendering” that turns dead and dying horses into by-products – skins, feed, glue, hair. Some argue that it is more ecologically friendly to reuse a dead animal than it is to incinerate it (which requires a huge amount of fuel and......read more

Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

Pottok Prints

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Eco wallpaper patterned by the great graphic artist Geoff McFetridge. Hand silkscreened in Los Angeles using water-based inks.

If you’re looking to liven up your walls, look no further than Pottok Prints, which offers a bunch of irresistible, tongue-in-cheek wallpaper designs from Geoff McFetridge, the great LA-based graphic artist. Printed on recyclable paper and hand silkscreened using water-based inks. A frequent collaborator of Spike Jonze, you can also see McFetridge's handiwork in the title sequence of Where......read more

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