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Super Coral!

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From Our Friends At Collectively

The world’s coral reefs – Technicolor underwater visions teaming with marine life – are gradually turning into rubble and ruins, as rising sea temperatures and climate change are wiping them out in mass executions. Scientists in Hawaii, however, are nudging along evolution in the hope of creating a super coral that will come to the rescue. Coral, you see, is not just a pretty......read more

Paper Art of the Human Microbiome Mimics Textures Found in Coral Reefs

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Artist Rogan Brown's Surprising Exploration

Many of nature’s objects feature recurring patterns and motifs described as fractals, which can be seen repeating themselves at increasing levels of magnification. Inspired by this phenomenon, artist Rogan Brown creates intricately cut paper art that mimics and compares various organic formations such as cell structures, microbes, shells, and fossils. His latest series,......read more

Abstract Coral Patterns by Alexander Semenov

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Russian diver snaps spellbinding macro photos of coral beneath the Red Sea

Alexander Semenov, a Russian biologist and underwater photographer, has gained plenty of well-deserved internet fame for his otherworldly images of jellyfish and other equally alien marine wildlife. His photographic exploration of underwater forms continues with Living Stones, a new series highlighting the patterns and textures of coral lifeforms in the Red Sea. The macro images, spotted on......read more

If You Love the Ocean, Embrace Clean Energy

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Ocean acidification is just one of the ways that fossil fuels threaten the seas

Blue Planet Foundation's Catharine Lo for The Huffington Post: During a recent presentation about Hokule'a's worldwide voyage, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson remarked that if you want to save the Earth, save the ocean. "Out of four breaths you take," he said, "three come from the ocean." As someone who loves the ocean, this resonated with me. It is the reason I work as an......read more

Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

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Watch a mesmerizing macro time-lapse of exotic corals

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, combined macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography to create this hypnotic underwater clip. The video, titled "Slow Life," was assembled from over 150,000 close-up photographs of exotic corals, showing their secret lives under high magnification. "Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only......read more

Seabed Sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor

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Artist collaborates with coral to create underwater museum

Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater sculptures serve a dual purpose. Not only do the figures and busts attract human admirers, but they also serve as habitat for marine life. Constructed from concrete and steel, the sculptures are bolted to the ocean floor where they act as artifical reefs that offer "an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms."   The British artist's various......read more

Emmanuel Coupe's Painterly Utah

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Breathtaking landscape photography from Capitol Reef National Park

Paris-born Emmanuel Coupe knows a thing or two about landscape photography. The globe-trotting shooter was named 2009 Landscape Photographer of the Year for this extremely epic shot of a Scottish sunrise. So if you like landscape photos, Coupe's online portfolio is a good place to get inspired. Thanks to My Modern Met, we've discovered Coupe's extra-amazing work from south-central Utah, and it......read more

Paper Reefs by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

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Elaborate mixed media works created from rolls of colored paper

Judging from these meticulously crafted mixed media works, Amy Eisenfeld Genser is one patient lady. For each piece, the Connecticut-based artist rolls up colored paper into hundreds of tubes, then adheres them to painted canvases. The results are stunning, polychromatic pieces of art that resemble undersea reefs. In fact, the natural environment inspires all of Gensler's work. As......read more

Bees in Decline

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Bumblebee populations are in freefall, but you can help.

According to a comprehensive study of bumblebees in the US, the populations of four of the most common species have declined by 96% in the last few decades, and their geographic ranges have declined 23%-87% in the past twenty-odd years. And the shocking figures are not unique to the US; in the UK, three of 25 bumblebee species are already extinct, and half of the remaining species have shown......read more

Are Artificial Reefs the Wave of the Future?

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Multipurpose manmade reefs bring multiple benefits—both recreational and environmental.

Everyone loves the beach. That's why protecting beaches is such an important pursuit for coastal communities. The most common method of preserving beach sand is the seawall, which slows down longshore currents that shift sand away from the shore. But there is an emerging technique that has many advantages over the traditional seawall. Artificial reefs not only protect the beach from eroding......read more

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