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Jim Vecchi: Markings

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Photographer discovers artistic patterns at his feet in SF's Sunset District

It's always cool when images reveal the beauty in the everyday, the things we may otherwise overlook going about our daily business. Jim Vecchi does just that with Markings, a series of photos that uncover the shapes, patterns and colors of sidewalks and driveways in San Francisco's Sunset District. The photos are just one part of a three-part series Vecchi calls The Sunset Trilogy. In his......read more

Sundance is coming upon us.  Kick off the new year by spending a few days in Park City with SHFT and the Collective - a conference which runs parallel to Sundance with a great group of leaders in film, music, technology, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. SHFT will be presenting The Collective's Award for Social Impact Film to one filmmaker during the conference, and we'll also be......read more

Here Comes the Sun

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American homeowners are flocking to solar power--and not just in the usual Southwestern hotspots

American homeowners are increasingly relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008. That's a huge upswing, but the potential for more is what's really impressive. So what's stopping more......read more

Life After Fossil Fuels

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In this week's NYT Sunday Review, Elizabeth Rosenthal asks to what extent do we "need" oil and gas?

As renewable energy costs continue to plummet and buildings and machines become more and more efficient, the argument that we "need" to keep investing in fossil fuels seems weaker than ever. Countries that a couple decades ago ran on a fuel mix like America's are successfully weaning themselves off of oil and gas. According to the International Energy Agency, thirteen countries got more than 30......read more

Around the World in an Eco-Powered Yacht

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In prestigious Vendee Globe sailing race, Javier Sanso's boat relies on the power of wind, water and sun

From Mother Nature Network's Jim Motavalli: I’m not a Kennedy—I don’t sail. I get seasick in anything more challenging than a kiddie pool. And yet I’m fascinating by the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo yachting race now underway, with the competitors currently battling it out at the halfway point in the Southern Ocean, on the way to a big finish in......read more

Sunny, Windy September for U.S. Energy

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Solar and wind accounted for all of our new electricity last month

With all the of the sustainable energy naysayers out there, you'd be forgiven for believing that renewable power will never take off in this bleak economic climate. But you'd be wrong.  According to SustainableBusiness.com, the United States added 433 megawatts of new electricity generation in September, and all of it came from renewable energy sources.  The new capacity comes......read more

Aerial Beachscapes by Gray Malin

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Photo series 'A La Plage, A La Piscine' captures sunny bliss by the sea

For his ongoing series A La Place, A La Piscine, photographer Gray Malin takes to the air in a doorless helicopter to capture exotic beachscapes from the sky. The results, a sampling of which you can see here, aren't doing anything to suppress our desire for a seaside vacation.  Malin’s photography showcases beaches large and small, rocky and sandy, crowded and untouched, from......read more

Yin Yang House by Brooks & Scarpa

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Net-zero residence in Venice Beach takes full advantage of plentiful SoCal sunlight

The net-zero building movement is alive and well in Venice, CA, where architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa have recently wrapped construction on this stunner of single family residence. Dubbed Yin Yang House, the home takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal climate with a a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system (the biggest available on the market) that serves the dual purposes of generating power......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

Neil Krug: On The Road II

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Grainy, sun-scorched Polaroids shot in the Southwestern states

Here are a few select images from the second of Neil Krug's "On The Road" series, shot with film provided by the Polaroid revivalists at The Impossible Project. The Scion-sponsored project found Krug roaming the Southwestern U.S. with a highly attractive travel companion, snapping grainy shots along the way. Check out the whole series here.  The Impossible Project as featured in issue 18 of......read more

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