Nature

Kjell Block Sandved devoted his photographic career to capturing the beauty of the natural world and along the way, he gathered a vast collection of closely observed images of plants, butterflies and other life forms, which he published in a series of books. While going through a collection of specimens at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natu

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Bee populations have been declining in North America for over a decade now because of an alarming phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that’s causing worker bees to vanish from their hives. Several potential causes have been proposed—mites, loss of habitat, lack of nutrition sources, and the overuse of pesticides to name a fe

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A panda bear at this breeding center in China is the master of selfies poses, and these pictures with a lucky tourist prove it. Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu city allows visitors to take pictures with the animals and there’s no doubt that this panda knows how to show off her best side. The pictures have quickly gone viral on Chinese s

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If you had plans to see the famous “Pioneer Cabin Tree” in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California, you just missed your chance. The iconic Tunnel Tree was toppled by a powerful winter storm on January 7th, 2017. Images via Calaveras Big Trees Association The ancient sequoias in the park—some of which are estimated to be over 1,000 ye

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The Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia is a sulfur mine by day and a surreal alien landscape in the night. The infernal mountain spews out electric-blue lava in the night time and it’s an absolutely mind-blowing sight. Photographer Olivier Grunewald first learned about the mountain in 2008. He collaborated with Régis Etienne to photograph an

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Designer Gavin Munro has pioneered a technique for making furniture that’s guaranteed to challenge the notions of traditional furniture design. His concept uses “organic 3D printing” to literally grow furniture from the ground up. Munro’s company Full Grown strategically plants, grafts, and shapes trees into specific structures that are

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Have you ever dreamed of reducing your negative impacts on the environment while still living in comfort? You don’t have to move into a bus or tree house to live a more sustainable existence. Earthships, created by architect Mike Reynolds, are the most eco-friendly houses in the world. And despite their sustainability they are incredibly

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Illegal poaching is expected to wipe out all elephants, rhinos, and other iconic wildlife in Africa within our lifetime if nothing is done to curb the practice. Activists are desperate for a solution and they may have finally found one—enlisting the help of combat-trained U.S. Army veterans to train rangers and help to protect the wildlif

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Many soon-to-be parents can get a sneak peek of their baby with an ultrasound, and because of how common ultrasound photographs are now, you’ve probably seen the inside of a pregnant human belly before. But what do other species look like when they’re pregnant? This collection of incredible X-rays gives a rare peek inside the pregnant bel

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Sitting 850 miles off of the mainland of Portugal, the Archipelago of the Azores is an autonomous region in the mid-Atlantic. In total, there are 9 breathtaking islands, all known for dramatic landscapes, bright green pastures, brilliant fields of blue hydrangeas and authentic fishing villages. 1. Visit Azores The 9 islands, which were

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