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The natural history of wooden utility poles.

This post is part of a series entitled ‘Nature and Society’ which touches upon the relationships between mankind and the surrounding natural world. This post deals with the consumption of nature, specifically … Continue Reading The natural history of wooden utility poles.

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Outstanding paper animal sculptures by Estudio Guardabosques

Estudio Guardabosques (guardabosques translates from Spanish to ‘rangers’) is a design and illustration studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina comprised of Carolina Silvero and Juan Nicolás Elizalde. In addition to work produced for … Continue Reading Outstanding paper animal sculptures by Estudio Guardabosques

The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Termites engineer their environments in ways that allow the area around their mounds to be buffered from climatic changes.That is the intriguing conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Science; providing … Continue Reading The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

In my experience, natural history illustration has always glorified the photorealistic.  As a discipline grounded in scientific inquiry, there has obviously been a persistent a desire to portray the wonders of … Continue Reading Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

In most relationships, a “third wheel” could be a major problem but if you happen to be an ant or a Whistling-thorn tree, the stability of your symbiotic relationship may … Continue Reading Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

Polar Bear Fur Isn’t (Technically) White – It’s Translucent!

I doubt there is anyone reading this who when confronted with the question: “what color is polar bear fur?” wouldn’t respond “white.”  It certainly looks white and yes, for all … Continue Reading Polar Bear Fur Isn’t (Technically) White – It’s Translucent!

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