The Art of Botanical Illustration | Art History Stories

Today’s photographic capabilities are a better means of capturing the beauty and inner working of plants; however, that has not always been the case. Before the invention of the macro lens or even microscopes, artists and scientists took to drawing the plants; both for science and visual pleasure. It is an artistic practice as old as ‘art’ itself. And although it was a necessary part of identifying plant life in decades past, it is a process which is still very much alive today.

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While some of us might not have a green thumb, botanical illustrations can still be aesthetically pleasing to the eye…botanical illustrations are an important aspect of scientific research and documentation.

One Billion People Will Live in Insufferable Heat Within 50 Years

Human cost of climate crisis will hit harder and sooner than previously believed, research reveals

An Indian farmer walks across the bed of a pond that has dried out during a water crisis. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images

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‘Trump Death Clock’ In Times Square Is Grim Reminder Of Preventable Virus Deaths | HuffPost

“A digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square targeting President Donald Trump’s early inaction on coronavirus reached a grave milestone on Wednesday, as it ticked over to an estimated 50,000 preventable deaths.” – Josephine Harvey huffpost.com

Trump Death Clock in Times Square NYC

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NASA Looks Back at 50 Years of Earth Day

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It’s been five decades since Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders photographed Earth peaking over the Moon’s horizon. The iconic image, dubbed Earthrise, inspired a new appreciation of the fragility of our place in the universe. Two years later, Earth Day was born to honor our home planet. As the world prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, NASA reflects on how the continued growth of its fleet of Earth-observing satellites has sharpened our view of the planet’s climate, atmosphere, land, polar regions and oceans.

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Even the AI Behind Deepfakes Can’t Save Us From Being Duped | WIRED

Google and Facebook are releasing troves of deepfakes to teach algorithms how to detect them. But the human eye will be needed for a long time.

There is growing concern that deepfakes could be used to sway voters in the 2020 presidential election. A report published this month by researchers at NYU identified deepfakes as one of eight factors that may contribute to disinformation during next year’s race.

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The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Chronicling the internet’s worst impulses can be depressing, and every remedy only seems to make things worse.

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Why Chronic Floods Are Coming to New Jersey – Vox

 

Scientists have directly observed sea level rise since the late 18th century. And as they forecast the next 20, 50, and 100 years, sea level rise will continue to accelerate at an alarming rate. That rise won’t just threaten homeowners on the coast — it will also impact the critical infrastructure that supports many of our largest cities.

Disturbing Before-and-After Images Show What Major US Cities Could Look Like in the Year 2100

What the US might look like if the worst climate change predictions come true.

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Pictures of the Year: Space


The sun is seen in this image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

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Arctic Sea Ice Is the Thinnest and Youngest It’s Been in 60 Years

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Working from a combination of satellite records and declassified submarine sonar data, NASA scientists have constructed a 60-year record of Arctic sea ice thickness.

Right now, Arctic sea ice is the youngest and thinnest its been since we started keeping records. More than 70 percent of… Continue reading “Arctic Sea Ice Is the Thinnest and Youngest It’s Been in 60 Years”