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Radiant Drawings of Riverbeds by Ester Roi

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SoCal artist creates stunning hand-drawn renderings of water gliding over stones

The overhead sight of water flowing over rocks is a lovely visual treat, here made even more beautiful by SoCal artist Ester Roi. Working in and around her studio in San Juan Capistrano, Roi studies the way water interacts with natural elements like rocks and flowers to produce abstracted representations of the rippling, flowing effect. To do so, she uses pencils, crayons, and oil pastels on......read more

Take Me Home: Photos by Julian Bialowas

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A Canadian photographer returns home on an adventure through the Rockies

A couple of years ago we shared some of Julian Bialowas' work in the form of his stunning This Is Oregon collaboration with Shwood. Now the intrepid photographer returns to our fair site with this collection of images from his early summer adventure through the Canadian Rockies. The journey was a return home of sorts for Bialowas, who was born and raised in Canada and now lives in San Francisco.......read more

Lou Reed: Romanticism

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Rock legend's final pubished photobook features stunning B&W images of sublime landscapes

Former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who passed away last week at the age of 71, is one of the most important figures in rock 'n roll history. You don't need us to tell you that, but you might not be aware that he is also a serious photographer, and it wouldn't be right if we didn't pay him tribute by posting some of his work. These selections are found in Romanticism, Reed's third book......read more

China's Amazing Polychromatic Landforms

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Brilliant colors streak across the Danxia rock formations in Gansu province

Most of us are probably familiar with China's karst region, the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring limestone topography replete with sinkholes, vertical shafts, streams, springs, and underground caves. But as we learned from My Modern Met, the karst region isn't the only stunning natural wonder in southern China. The Danxia landform, pictured here in China's Gansu province, is a......read more

Big Sky Country

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The U.S. solar market skyrocketed 76% last year

With help from a number of big new utility projects in the Southwest, photovoltaic solar installations in the U.S. soared 76 percent to more than 3.3 gigawatts in 2012, according to a report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). "We've brought more new solar online in 2012 than in the three prior years combined," SEIA CEO Rhone Resch said in a......read more

The Clash's Paul Simonon Arrested for Oil Rig Occupation

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Rock star went undercover with Greenpeace to protest Arctic drilling

Greenpeace has revealed that veteran rock bassist (The Clash, Gorillaz) Paul Simonon was among the activists arrested in June for occupying an Arctic oil rig. Simonon had joined the Greenpeace crew anonymously, working as an assistant cook. The oil rig, operated by Cairn Energy, one of Europe's largest oil and gas companies, was boarded on June 3 by the Greenpeacers, who demanded that the......read more

CarbFix Looks to Lock CO2 in Rock

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Icelandic carbon storage experiment set to begin

There are no shortage of novel engineering ideas for slowing or halting global warming (anyone remember space sunshades?), but a new joint American-Icelandic experiment may actually hold some promise. The team of scientists involved int he project are proposing to pump carbon dioxide deep into limestone bedrock, where they hope it will be locked away for good. The carbon sequestering project......read more

Toby Horrocks: Icon

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Flat packing, parametric cardboard art.

A recent design media exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design featured four cardboard installations designed by Melbourne architect Toby Horrocks. Collectively titled 'Icon,' the freestanding installations each represented a mag title published by Architecture Media, which commissioned the project. Horrocks's free flowing cardboard experiments, each bound by a fixed......read more

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