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Wild Nothing, "Paradise"

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Dreamy, airborne clip starring Michelle Williams

Known for playing complex roles in critically-acclaimed films, Michelle Williams is pretty much everyone's favorite actress. Here she brings her dramatic talents to the new music video for Wild Nothing's "Paradise." In the clip, her character takes an airborne journey from Los Angeles to Niagara Falls, bumping the moody pop song on her pink Walkman. Williams carries the moody vibe beautifully,......read more

Wild Nothing, "Only Heather"

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Ryan Reichenfeld-directed clip features dark weirdness in the streets of LA

Here's the latest video for Nocturne, the gushy LP  from Jack Tatum's Wild Nothing project. Set to the excellent "Only Heather," the Ryan Reichenfeld-directed clip stars actor James Downing, who wanders in daze through the nighttime streets of Los Angeles. Oh, and he has a massive sword sticking through his torso. Maybe that's the reason for the daze. Just a guess. Nocturne is out now......read more

Wild Nothing, "A Dancing Shell"

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Chilled-out cut from forthcoming EP gets a fun animated vid, starring colorful geometric humanoids

Jack Tatum's Wild Nothing project is back and set to release a 7-song EP, Empty Estate, May 14th on Captured Tracks. "A Dancing Shell," our first taste of the EP, goes straight into 80s pop territory, all warm synths, funky basslines, and laid back vocals. The chilled-out track comes complete with a colorful animated video courtesy of London-based illustrator and animator Hayley Akins.......read more

Protecting Animal Paths

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With wildlife habitat under threat, migration corridors are a key wildlife conservation strategy.

As human population continues to grow, wildlife habitat is increasingly under threat. In the past, conservationists addressed this problem by creating wildlife sanctuaries, islands of protection where animals could safely eat, sleep, and breed without encroachment by humans. But research over the past decade has revealed that for many large mammals, like jaguars in Central and South America,......read more

The Bluefin Tuna's Demise

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The story of a species on the brink of extinction.

To those of us with an interest in environmental affairs, the plight of the bluefin tuna is by now a familiar story. Driven by demand in Japan's seafood market, stocks of the predatory fish with the brilliant red flesh have depleted 85% over the last forty-odd years. Earlier this year, a bid to ban commercial fishing of bluefin tuna was denied at the annual United Nations meeting on......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-7-10

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From swimsuit architecture to biodiesel desalination, here are your weekly links from around the web.

In London, the "seriously water stressed" UK capital confronts summer water shortages with a creative — and very British — solution: A new bio-diesel desalination plant that will run partly on used vegetable oil from fish-and-chip shops. Also in London, the newly erected Speedo Swimsuit Pavilion is made from obsolete swim suits. True story. Upgrade the grid: The US electricity grid,......read more

Edinburgh Zoo's Sustainable New Menu

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Sea lions and penguins at the zoo begin a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved fish.

The fish-eating denizens of Edinburgh Zoo are joining the sustainable food movement. Miranda and Sofus, the zoo's two sea lions, have been switched onto a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved Scottish herring. The Patagonian sea lions are said to be loving the new sustainable feed. Next up are the zoo's 200 penguins, who will be soon guzzling MSC-certified South African hake......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-3-10

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Weekly links: Obama nixes offshore plans, mercury turns birds gay, and more.

Adorbs alert! Discovery assembled an "awwww"-inspiring slide show of endangered baby animals. Are fixies over? We have no idea, but this bamboo joint from Germany's Arndt Menke-Zumbragel tells us no. Lance Armstrong is down too. The world's most famous cyclist called it a "killer wooden bike" on his Twitter. Can't disagree. Check out those rear forks! ......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-17-10

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Weekly links: Winter cycling, animals face-to-face, the real story behind Chinese wind energy dominance, and more.

Aww, is it "too cold" to ride your bike in the winter? No matter where you are, it ain't as cold as St. Petersburg, Russia, where Adams Carroll rides his Ukrainian beast — made from surplus military tank parts — through the snow. Check Carroll's notes on winter cycling at the Fader. On a one-way path to wind energy dominance, China is steady flouting world trade laws.......read more

Trees Wrapped in Spider Webs After Flood

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Spiders flee to trees to create cotton candy arachnid islands.

Um, wow. WOW. After unprecedented monsoons caused massive flooding in Pakistan in 2010, millions spiders near the village of Sindh found refuge in above ground in trees, where they wrapped the branches in ghostly webs. Although the disaster didn't grip the attention of the media the way the Japanese earthquake has, it was a devastating event, killing nearly 2,000 people and affecting almost 20......read more

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