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The California Drought in Pictures

Before: the Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in 2011.  Note all the vegetation.

California is experiencing the most severe drought in the last millennium, with extreme measures being taken to preserve water, though some believe the state is already heading towards an unmitigated disaster. We’ve already discussed that in depth several times before (1, 2, 3), but we’re not going to do that here. They say an image is worth a thousand words,

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Early SciFi: A 2th century AD novel about traveling to outer space, meeting aliens and Homer

Lucian of Samosata’s ship getting swept up to the moon by a tempest.

Some argue that the first genuine science fiction novel is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where technology bordering necromancy is used to reanimate the dead. But labeling what falls under science fiction can be troublesome. Christopher McKitterick says that in the strict etymological sense, it’s literature about scientific discovery or technological change, but then argues that this definition misses the mark; instead Mckiterrick believes “SF is about how we have changed, how external change affects us, how things we do change the world around us, and how we will continue to change over time.” What about works of fiction written in a time when science wasn’t even considered a distinct field, separate from natural philosophy, or study of religious truth, etc? Depending on how you class what makes science fiction, Lucian of Samosata’s “True Stories” might be the first science fiction novel. The characters venture to distant realms including the moon, the sun, and strange planets and islands. The star protagonist is Lucian himself who happens to stumble upon aliens on the moon and finds himself in the midst of a war between the lunar and sun empires.

Feature Post, Science

Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world

Just some of Nestle's more well known brands. Image via Rasica.

Child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing and mislabeling – those are not words you want to see associated with your company. Nestle is the world’s largest foodstuff company, and it has a history that would make even hardcore industrialists shiver. Here, we’re gonna look at why Nestle has such a bad reputation and whether or not

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Jorge Cervera Hauser’s Spectacular Pictures of Sea Creatures

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When Fish Say Cheese – photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser takes underwater pictures of the ocean’s inhabitants, capturing their magnificence as if it were just another day. Each image has a duality to it, looking as if it was an instantaneous shot, but at the same time, it also looks carefully staged. All his photographs are taken miles away from the

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How Henry Ford Changed the World

Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford. Photo Credit: Library of Congress.

One day in 1885, the twenty-three-year old apprentice machinist Henry Ford came into contact for the first time in his life with the gas-powered internal combustion engine. It was love at first sight. Instantly, a wave of excitement overcame him for he envisioned even at that tender age and during those uncertain times that horseless carriages will forever revolutionize transportation. This was to be his life’s work.

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5 things Louis Pasteur did to change the World

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Widely considered one of the most brilliant scientists in history, Louis Pasteur basically revolutionized the world as we know it. His breakthroughs have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for people worldwide, and his work paved the way for what we call today microbiology. We owe him a lot, at the very least knowing the things he did to change the world:

Biology, Feature Post, Great Pics

A sunrise literally painted in life by glowing bacteria on an agar plate

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This “drawing” might look like it was made by a kid in grade school, but make no mistake it symbolizes one of the biggest achievements in 21st century biology. This San Diego beach scene was actually drawn in an eight color palette of bacterial colonies expressing fluorescent proteins derived from GFP and the red-fluorescent coral protein dsRed. Effectively, this is a picture literally drawn with life.

Animals, Art, Feature Post

Double Exposure Portraits Show Beautiful Animals and Their Habitats

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Norwegian artist Andreas Lie [shop here] blends animal imagery with landscape photography to create amazing series of double exposure animal portraits. His images highlight the animals superimposed on their habitats, in a photographic effect called double exposure. Here are more of his images:    

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The surreal practice of honey hunting in Nepal

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The life of a beekeeper is not an easy one, but for bee hunters, it’s an entirely different world. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, bee hunting is an ancient art practiced by some Himalayan civilizations in one way or another in the past 10,000 years. It’s been done in 8,000 BC, it’s being done now… and it’s

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How to see all our Facebook posts

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Many of you have signalled that you don’t get all our posts on Facebook. This happens because of Facebook’s algorithm, that tends to filter out most of the posts from your liked pages. It’s not an official figure, but from what I’ve observed, the things we post often times reach less than 10% of you! In other words, the odds