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Tag: environment

Lives of Grass: oddly compelling botanical human sculptures

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By Mathilde Roussel

Paper cups, airplane cups, and plastic bottles: When you see the totality of it all, it might just overwhelm you.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Jordon for a while, and although I’ve written about him before in other places, I just realized I don’t actually have him tagged here at Popperfont.  Anyway, here’s a sampling for what he does:  that is, he takes statistical information and represents it photographically in very powerful ways.  I recommend clicking on the links for each image, where you’ll be treated to a zooming effect so that you can see his artwork as if from afar and then moving in.

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Plastic Bottles, 2007 60×120″
Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

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Paper Cups, 2008 60×96″
Depicts 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.

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Plastic Cups, 2008 60×90″
Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.

Underwater art showcasing the world of things discarded.

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By Forlane 6 Studio (scuba diving artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez), via Visual News.

This is what a 30ft high “plastic” bag made out of plastic bags looks like. #whoa

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“His current exhibit at Rome’s contemporary art museum MACRO titled Secret Garden includes a nearly 10-meter high, U-shaped installation made of plastic bags and appropriately titled Plastic Bags. The bags are very relevant symbols of both consumerism and homelessness in today’s society.”

By Pascale Marthine Tayou, text via Collabcubed.com

Look Mom, It’s carbon tetraflouride!

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Or you could call it Tetrafluoromethane. For more information on the flourocarbo (CF4), see this link.

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Cartoon source unknown. Via IFLS. Molecule image via Wikipedia.

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 22

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CHRISTMASY BIODIVERSITY TRADING CARDS
From the Phylo Project (Click on the card to go to webpage)

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02snowgoose

03reindeer

04holly

05polarbear

06cardinal

07muskox

08redfox

09cedar

10arcticfox

11europeanrobin

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 21

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CHRISTMAS TREES MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES
By Designpack Gallery

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(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

When birds need to downsize. #funny

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From the Doghouse Diaries.

Sun Power – lovely illustrations by Don Madden

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By Don Madden, via myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.ca, via Stacy Thinx.

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 11

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IN WHICH WE ARE TOLD WHY RUDOLPH’S NOSE IS RED
“Epidemiology of reindeer parasites.”
Halvorsen O. Parasitol Today. 1986 Dec;2(12):334-9.

ABSTRACT: Every Christmas we sing about Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer, but do we give much thought to why his nose is red? The general consensus is that Rudolf has caught a cold, but as far as I know no proper diagnosis has been made of his abnormal condition. I think that, rather than having a cold, Rudolf is suffering from a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. To some this may seem a bit far-fetched as one would not expect an animal living with Santa Claus at the North Pole to be plagued by parasites, but I shall show otherwise.

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Link to pdf of paper.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Some quotes about climate change…

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By Bird and Moon, via IFLS.

Trees ARE freaking awesome!

Really nicely done.

Via @veritasium.

In which it might take a while for Global Warming Man to save the day…

By Cyanide and Happiness. Note that the site is NSFW.

Trash and anti-trash. Lovely image by Dadu Shin

“I had a lot of fun doing this one. This article was about how some people in Kenya are reusing what some might consider trash (like old tires) to create everyday functional things…things that we take for granted here in the US. It’s quite an interesting read. Learn new things everyday in this business.”

By Dadu Shin.

Beautiful illustrations by Victo Ngai #environment #cancer #wow

Man, the rest of Victo’s work is amazing. Definitely worth checking out.

William’s Ecological Footprint: an attempt at an environmental children’s book

By DAVID NG

A few years ago, for fun, I took a course on “Writing Books for Children.” It was pretty good, in that it kind of forced me to sit down and come up and work through an idea. Or at least, work through it enough so that it was close to the stage of becoming a proper idea.

My friends already know that children’s books have always fascinated me, especially with two young children in my own household. It’s probably why I’ve written about it on occasion in other places. There’s something altogether amazing when you read a great children’s book to your kids, especially so (for me anyway) when the book has some science in it.

Anyway, shown below is a slideshow of my book idea. It’s basically about a group of animals marvelling at their habitats, considering their own “footprints” so to speak. Then, of course, there’s a bit where they meet a human: whereby the idea of a footprint becomes grossly different.

Apologies for the simplistic art, but I am curious about what you think of the book conceptually. One day, I might even try to edit and tighten it up, so as to submit it somewhere. Although, to be honest, I’m not sure if the idea is good enough and (as the case may be) I’m not even entirely sure where best to send such queries. Still, take a peek, and send on some feedback – it’ll be much appreciated.


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Surreal but beautiful tree images.

By Toni Demuro

Watch this video on big oil and its spin: Not only is it relevant, it’s also beautifully done.

From the Post Carbon Institute, via Visual News.

A truly honest weathergirl via @DeepRogueRam #funny

By Deep Rogue Ram. Filmed at Strut Studios in Vancouver: Starring @pippa_mackie and @kainagata. Written by @heatherlibby.

If humans parented sea turtle style #funny



By Beatrice the Biologist, via Symbiartic.

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