Category Archives: Nature

Arte Sella in Borgo Valsugana, Italy

Source:
Atlas Obscura



Excerpt:
“Val Sella is a diminutive valley located in the the Valsugana region of Trentino. Peppered with tiny clusters of cottages and hotels but devoid of any substantial villages, it nevertheless contains one of the most intriguing art gardens in Italy. In 1986, local artists began exhibiting their artwork in the woods of Val Sella. Due to its success, the one-off exhibition turned into a biannual event. But it wasn’t until 1996 that the exhibition became permanent, with a trail called the Percorso Artenatura entirely devoted to leading visitors through the unique sylvan gallery. Presently, approximately 30 installations can be admired along the trail.  The underlying theme of Arte Sella is that all the exhibits are created using locally found … Read the rest

'Carbon Is Not the Enemy,' Argues Architect Who Wants to Put It to Better Use

Source:
Motherboard



Excerpt:
“In a certain popular imagination, carbon might as well be toxic waste—a vile sludge oozing into the atmosphere from poorly sealed containment barrels, metaphorically speaking. Put internet attention spans together with under- or poorly-explained climate science research and it’s not all that hard to reach a conclusion that carbon is total evil. As a premise, the existence of this attitude seems reasonable.It is the central premise of a commentary published Monday in Nature by green architect William McDonough carrying the title “Carbon Is Not the Enemy.” It’s a proposal for a new carbon dialog of sorts, one in which the chemical element C is not vilified, but is considered just as much for its roles as a necessary component of … Read the rest

Apparently, New Zealand's Ice Age Was a Great Time For Kiwi

Source:
Motherboard



Excerpt:
“At the tail end of the Pleistocene, history’s last ice age was violently shaping the earth. Tremendous glaciers upheaved mountains and entombed continents. When the ice finally receded, a radically new world emerged. And all the while, the diminutive kiwi, New Zealand’s most symbolic bird, was puttering around the underbrush. Kiwi are among the most mysterious birds alive, both genetically and behaviorally. Regarding their lineage, conflicting theories have divided biologists and even countries. Now, brand new evidence, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could topple even the most conventional beliefs about kiwi genetics. What was assumed to be a small pool of species is actually teeming with diversity. According to researchers at the University of Toronto … Read the rest

Abandoned City of Pripyat in Pryp'yat', Ukraine

Source:
Atlas Obscura

Excerpt:
“When one thinks of Chernobyl, vacation spot is certainly not the first thing to come to mind. However, more than two decades after the terrible reactor meltdown, tours of the contaminated towns surrounding the infamous reactor are gaining in popularity. On April 26, 1986, during a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No. 4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout, the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded, releasing extremely dangerous amounts of radioactive chemicals into the air, which over time contaminated millions of square miles in dozens of European nations. The IAEA estimates that approximately 30 people were killed by the explosion and related radiation exposure, with several thousand additional deaths due to higher cancer incidence … Read the rest

‘Imiloa Astronomy and Hawaiian Cultural Center

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center pleasantly surprised us with the depth of their exhibits and the diversity of their collection, which includes astronomy and Hawaiian culture, as well as the overlap between the two. We watched projected videos of Hawaii, took a ride through space with a robot, played with wooden boat puzzles, learned new Hawaiian words, pushed a lot of buttons, and even enjoyed a 3D movie of the universe. A lot of love went into creating the exhibits and artwork throughout the space, including intricate paper flowers made from recycled paper that you notice first walking in the door. The space was very welcoming and opening for toddlers, and we will definitely plan a trip back to see a show in the planetarium and have … Read the rest