Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hungarian artist Barbara Bernát has created a wonderfully poetic illustrations of woodland creatures native to her country.   The hypothetical currency was created as an MA project and sees the Euro featuring pretty European animals on one side while the other shows a related botanical wonder. To add a dramatic, true-to-life  feeling she has based the…

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Welcome To The End Of The World - And It's Amazing

Travel: Welcome To The End Of The World – And It’s Amazing

Welcome to Slope Point. This is no man's land - southernmost tip on New Zealand's South Island. Basically what happens is that air circulating from Antarctica bursts forth towards these shores and create ongoing turbulence that's so violent that trees are warped and gnarled in perpetuity, and envelop the landscape in twisted, morphed shapes. This is…

Tangible Things: How Do Cultures Measure the Past?

Tangible Things is a fascinating MOOC by Harvard University about material culture. Now finished, you can still cruise through the videos. You will be taken on a journey into the living, breathing history of material objects. Sound boring? It's anything but! It may well change the way that you view mundane things like chairs, rocks and…

Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Felidae Genus Lynx The Eurasian Lynx was once a part of primeval forests in Britain, but has since been hunted out of existence there. Nowadays with the deeper understanding of ecological balance, the importance of primary predators has been reasserted. In Britain, there's an exciting new…

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

One of the more quirky destinations in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns. Located 228 metres below the surface is a diner/lunchroom that is frozen in the middle of the 20th century. The eatery sells cold cuts and food stuffs that don't require cooking (as they don't have cooking facilities), along with souvenirs. Over the ensuing…

The Secret World of Bees

The Secret World of Bees

Bees see the world in an entirely different way. Their unique perceptual abilities can help us to perceive the world is a much richer way. Bees are benevolent little workers who pollinate and beautify the blooms of the world. An integral part of the landscape, they burrow their furry yellow and black backs into the…

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Are Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair is an ingenious and clever response to a growing encumberance that's carried by our oceans - floating rubbish. Studio Swine and Kieren Jones have merged traditional fishing practices, industry and synthetic materials to fabricate a chair made from discarded plastic on-board of an old fishing vessel and using a custom-made seapress. The…

Iceland’s Powerful Wilderness + Indigenous Wisdom From Around the World

Black Elk: Oglala Sioux (1863 - 1950) The first peace, which is the most important is that which comes within the souls of men when they realise their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all of its powers. When they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this centre is…

Short Form Writing on Wonder

Some things lead into the realm beyond words it is like that small mirror in fairy tales you glance in it and what you see is not yourself; for an instant you glimpse the Inaccessible... And the soul cries out for it. Alexander Solzhenitsyn Start with the little things seen through a magnifying glass of…

Free Online Course for Dreamers: Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

This is quite possibly the most amazing course ever presented on Coursera. It's called Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life. A sweeping epic that begins at the moment of the Big Bang and the creation of matter and careens along at a throttling pace through Deep Time towards the Human…

Are Sharks A Real Summer Danger in Australia?

Great white sharks are found all over the world and live up to 30 years and grow up to 6 metres in length. Feeding primarily on fish and seals, they are one of the majestic masters of the world's oceans. Sparked by recent spate of fatal shark attacks, Western Australia's Premier recently gave the green…

Dangerous Ideas: Russell Brand's Revolution

Dangerous Ideas: Russell Brand’s Revolution

Give yourself ten minutes and watch Russell Brand. Now his haters will jump on him and say he's an ex-junkie, a this, a that. But he is talking complete sense here and he's not being egotistical at all. What the world needs is a revolution of love and this is a revolution that comes from…

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have galvanised hundreds of thousands of people all over the world into action in 2,000 locations worldwide.In NYC, the People's Climate Change March took place on the streets ahead of the UN climate change summit in New York.  Image Source Image Source   In Manhattan, organisers that around…

What New Zealand native species are you? Tuatara

Take the quiz: What New Zealand native species are you?

Take this quiz that originally appeared on the NZ Department of Conservation's website. It is a lot of fun.  Image Source Kauri You’re one of the world’s mightiest characters. You’re tall and strong and are respected by many. But with great power comes great responsibility, and you find that often you’re reassuring people that ‘My home…

Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ's Alpine Trickster

Eight Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ’s Alpine Trickster

Kea Nestor notabilis are an endemic parrot of the South Island of New Zealand. Playful, inquisitive, bright eyed and stunningly beautiful, keas are also incredibly resourceful. Many scientists argue that they are the world's smartest bird. Not convinced? Here are some more juicy facts to win you over. A kaleidoscope of colour The glorious colours…

Isaac Asimov: Badass Rapper for Science

Isaac Asimov: Badass Sci-Fi Rapper Mofo

“Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me what makes skies so blue, And I'll tell you why I love you. Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine, Tropisms make the ivy twine, Raleigh scattering make skies so blue, Testicular hormones are why I love you. ” ― Isaac…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

So far I have lovingly described a lot of Sydney natives who live under the sea. In our final of the series I look at the Gloomy Octopus and Eastern Blue Devil Fish, two of the most reclusive, mysterious and strangely beautiful residents of Sydney Harbour. I hope that you've enjoyed this series on Impossibly…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

As promised, here are more amazing creatures both big and small who call Sydney Harbour home. Although if you are planning on a snorkelling or diving expedition, be aware that most of these creatures will be elusive, shy and unwilling to interact with you. Seahorse Seahorses are gorgeous, mystical and delicate creatures. They have captivated…

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour. There was just so much to cover when it comes to local marine life, that we thought it best to do a thorough four part expose on Sydney's most glittering and flirtatious residents - aside from the drag queens, that is!   Port…