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The “Smokey Bear Effect”

Smokey Bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service in an attempt to prevent forest fires — and it worked too well. By preventing the small fires that were part of how forests functioned (clearing out underbrush and small trees), the “Smokey Bear Effect” is causing massive, forest-destroying fires that eradicate large forests. [...]

Architect Proposes Building 30-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

The seemingly radical idea of building a skyscraper out of wood is not so strange after all, as architect Michael Green is quick to point out, because of two main advantages wood has over concrete and steel-it’s eco-friendly and cost effective. Here’s more on Vancouver’s Tallwood project: ‘Tallwood’ would be made of large panels of ‘laminated [...]

Photos of the Year from Reuters

The editors at Reuters have compiled the most stunning pictures taken by their photographers during the past year. You can view large versions of all fifty-five on one page at the link. To the left, you’ll see one snapped by Denis Sinyakov on August 7th in the Ryazan region of Russia. Sinyakov writes: I was really [...]