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07.06.15 Yojimbot

New York City is host to a unique ecosystem of native and introduced species. While woodland species are confined to the city’s parks, there are a few exceptions that seem to thrive in our urban landscape. See who runs shit in the concrete jungle with this list of the most successful birds and their rankings, […]

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06.19.15 Bucky Turco

Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. That’s the name researcher Dr. Stephanie Bush wants to give to the awfully cute little octopus species she discovered. “As someone that’s describing the species, you get to pick what the specific name is,” said Bush to Science Friday. She thinks it works for both the scientific community and the people. “I don’t […]

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06.16.15 Prachi Gupta

Environmentalists have been battling with the gypsy moth ever since the French brought the insect to America in 1869. WNYC reports that this season, the pests have become a particular nuisance near West Point, putting the trees east of the Hudson River “at risk of defoliation.” Oak trees reportedly are at the highest risk: “They […]

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03.18.15 Prachi Gupta

A new Kickstarter aims to build a forest in one of the unlikeliest places on the planet: the middle of Times Square. The idea comes from urban ecologist Mariellé Anzelone, founder and executive director of NYC Wildflower Week, and environmental analyst Hugh Reed. The project, Anzelone explains in a video on the campaign’s page, will […]

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02.10.15 Bucky Turco

According to a new study, the massive decline in honeybee populations can be explained by young bees that are forced to work at too young of an age. Typically, a bee isn’t required to get a job until it’s 2-3 weeks old, but researchers from Queen Mary University of London say that in colonies where […]

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08.25.14 Sophie Weiner

Quoth the raven, “The fuck you lookin’ at?” The New York Times reports that ravens have been sighted in Chelsea and Greenwich Village over the last few months. The common raven is native to much of North America, but there had been only a few sightings of the bird in the city until the 1960’s. (Edgar Allen Poe’s famous […]

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07.31.14 Sophie Weiner

Cloud Piano by artist David Bowen is an instrument played by the sky. A live feed of clouds and its patches of light and dark are interpreted into “hand” movements. As the sky changes, so do the notes played. Creative Applications explains, “MaxMSP patch uses the video of the clouds in real-time to drive a robotic device that presses the […]

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04.11.14 Andy Cush

Conquest of the Skies — a forthcoming nature documentary from David Attenborough — is a shoo-in to the pantheon of greatest-ever films to watch whilst stoned. How do I know? Besides the master documentarian’s mind-boggling pedigree — Life on Earth, Planet Earth, Blue Planet — there’s the fact that it’s being filmed with a 360-degree eight-camera rig and […]

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01.15.14 Marina Galperina

Francisco Negroni’s photographs of the Cordón Caulle erupting in Chile and weather dramatically happening are very dramatic. Wow. Now that’s what we call weather. According to our staff photographer, these very sleekly exaggerated nature imagery was captured with a combination of slow shutter and digital composite and “I could do that in the office right now.” Brb. (Photos: Francisco Negroni) […]

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11.13.13 Andy Cush

What are those psychedelic, multicolored bubbles above? Bio-artist and designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains: The puffball-type mushrooms are actually membrane pumps that would suddenly erupt on the tree thats been infected with the pathogen that causes sudden oak death. So they’re very carefully designed pumps which would then inject serum into the tree. They’re part […]

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