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Murmuration

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In this viral hit, a massive starling flock twists and turns over an Irish river

One of nature's most fascinating spectacles, a starling murmuration is a large, swirling, cloud-like formation made up of thousands of starlings flying together. We know because we looked it up. Out canoeing on the River Shannon in Ireland, two British women caught some spectacular footage of the phenomenon. The video has gone viral in impressive fashion, catching four million views on Vimeo......read more

Upcycled Bikes by Starling & Hero

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Busted down bikes given new life by South African company

Okay, so we know that biking is the most eco-friendly mode of transport. But what's the most eco-friendly form of bike? Starling & Hero have your answer. The South African startup restores is building a business on restoring old, beat-up bikes into beautiful cruisers and racers.  Starling & Hero founder Emile Kotze scours thrift stores, garage sales, and friends' basements for......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-28-11

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Giant pink snails, epic Hasselblad photos, 12 dumb ugly jerks blocking climate change progress, and more.

Attack of the Giant Pink Snails: No, not an invasive exotic species, but a killer public art project in Florida, featuring oversized pink snails made of recycled plastic.  Purty birdies: Every night at dusk, a cloud of starlings do the tango in the skies above Sterte, England. Mark Sigler caught them in the act in this lovely one minute video.  The Big......read more

Alain Delorme: Murmurations

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Composite photos that recreate one of nature's most beautiful sights

Like a heaving, undulating black cloud, the sight of a flock of starlings in flight is one of nature's great visual delights. In Murmurations, Alain Delorme [previously] recreates the iridescent spectacle in digital form. But what in the photos appear as graceful birds are not birds at all; they are images of plastic bags, thousands of them, meticulously arranged by the artist to represent......read more

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