Tasmanian Tree Projects: an intimate portrait from an impossible perspective

Tasmanian Tree Projects: an intimate portrait from an impossible perspective

The Tree Projects team spent 67 days documenting one eucalyptus regnans in the Styx valley of Tasmania. Using a combination of tree-climbing and elaborate arboreal rigging techniques, they produced an intimate portrait from an impossible perspective of one of the world’s largest individual flowering trees, which goes by several common names. These photos document the process that resulted in an extraordinary ultra high-definition photograph.

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President Trump Prepares to Withdraw from Groundbreaking Climate Change Agreement

President Trump Prepares to Withdraw from Groundbreaking Climate Change Agreement

The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. Ebell is the director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a U.S. conservative think tank, and helped to guide the EPA's transition after Trump was elected in November until he was sworn in on Jan. 20.

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Alien-like critter forces creation of new insect category

Alien-like critter forces creation of new insect category

​​There are around one million insects that have been discovered and described by scientists, with every last one slotting into one of 31 categories, known in entomology circles as orders. But the discovery of a new alien-like insect preserved in amber has forced them to revisit the playbook.

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Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places – and We’re Totally Unprepared

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places - and We're Totally Unprepared

Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing.

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The Secret History of the First Cat in Space

The Secret History of the First Cat in Space

On October 18th, 1963, the Centre national d’études in France was set to send a small cat named Félix into space. After lagging behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake its claim in the space race—with cats, for some reason. But on launch day, the mischievous little beast went missing—and an accidental heroine stepped in to take his place. Her name was Félicette.

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Science off to a rough start in the Trump administration

Science off to a rough start in the Trump administration

Every day seems to bring more bad news for science in the US. Websites vanish, funding is cancelled, and scientists are denied the ability to address the public. But each time something terrible happens, we only have to wait a few days before half of these ideas gets changed or completely rescinded. It can be hard to tell what's going on and what that means for the future of science in the world's leading producer of the stuff.

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