This week’s picks – COOL HUNTING®
Scientists map coral reefs globally for the first time
Under the leadership of Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation, more than 450 teams of scientists succeeded in creating the world’s first continuously updated map of the world’s shallow coral reefs, an endeavor that required 2.25 million satellite images covering approximately 100,000 square miles. As one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs are an important home for marine life, but they remain endangered. The Allen Coral Atlas, already in use by 14 countries, will help track the effects of climate change on habitat and inform future ocean projects to save reefs. Learn more about this historic achievement at Hyperallergic.
Image by Greg Asner, courtesy of Allen Coral Atlas
New pop-up exhibition explores Harlem’s legacy as a fashion hub
55 years ago, fashion pioneer Lois K Alexander Lane founded the Harlem Institute of Fashion and later the Black Fashion Museum, to show the world how the black community was and plays a defining role in American style. Today, the last exhibition of Souleo and Beau McCall at the Schomburg Center, Exhibit: fashion in Harlem, pays homage to these institutions (closed in the 2000s), to the legacy of Alexander Lane and to pioneering black creators. The show, which runs September 9-16, features archival footage from Alexander Lane-led Harlem Fashion Week from the ’80s to’ 90s, as well as clothes and photos from the runway shows. Together, the exhibition pays homage to the thriving fashion community that Alexander Lane helped cultivate. Learn more about the exhibition at Refinery 29.
Image courtesy of Souleo Enterprises
Idle Taxis converted into vegetable gardens in Bangkok
Bangkok’s Ratchapruk and Bovorn Taxi cooperatives joined forces and turned the roofs of their currently unused taxis (immobilized due to lack of demand during the pandemic) into vegetable gardens. With “black plastic garbage bags stretched over bamboo frames” as a garden bed, the plots grow everything from green beans to cucumbers and tomatoes. But this installation is also a statement, as the co-ops currently only have 500 cars circulating in the city, of which 2,500 are idle, a huge blow to their business and their employees. As Thapakorn Assawalertkul says: “The vegetable garden is both an act of protest and a way to feed my staff during this difficult time. Thailand went through political turmoil for many years and a great flood in 2011, but business has never been so bad. Read more in The Associated Press.
Image courtesy of AP Photo / Sakchai Lalit
NASA’s new rock samples could prove the existence of life on Mars
Rock samples taken from the Jezero crater on Mars could indicate that life previously existed on the planet, according to NASA scientists. The samples, taken by the Perseverance rover (which first drilled on Mars on September 6, then again a few days later) were identified as being of volcanic origin. To scientists’ surprise, these samples also contained salts, presumably calcium sulfate or calcium phosphate, indicating tampering with the water and thus increasing the likelihood that life once existed on Mars. To learn more about these minerals, check out the BBC.
Image courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech
The Alexandre family farm is a pioneer of regenerative agriculture
This year, the Alexander Family Farm of California was the first dairy in the United States to become regenerative certified. It took more than three decades for fourth generation dairy farmers, Stephanie and Blake Alexandre, to perfect their sustainable farming practices, but their hard work has paid off. With their compost – made on the farm from cow manure and other local wastes – and a pioneering rotational grazing practice, their system restores wetlands, bringing in an abundance of wildlife, including wild geese. Aleutians, once threatened. As a dairy that manages thousands of cows and acres, the Alexandre Family Farm proves that regenerative agriculture is possible on a large scale, and without corporate help. Find out how the Alexander’s are leading a sustainable movement in the agriculture industry and what that means for the future at Civil Eats.
Image courtesy of Alexandre Family Farm
Didformat Studio Valley Residential Bridge Concept
Imagined by architect Amirhossein Nourbakhsh, founder of Didformat Studio, the concept of the residential valley bridge goes up along the abyss of a cliff in British Columbia. Three segments make up the structure of Nourbakhsh, which aims to damage the surrounding nature as little as possible: an upper level that crosses the ravine, a secondary level that offers a panoramic view of the waters below, and a final residential structure built of levels that work with the curves of the rocks. Below, Nourbakhsh includes a space for the passage of boats. See more concept images on designboom.
Image courtesy of Amirhossein Nourbakhsh
Discovery in Moroccan cave suggests humans made clothes 120,000 years ago
In the Smugglers Cave in Morocco, Dr Emily Hallett and her colleagues discovered animal artifacts that indicate that the first humans in Africa made clothes 120,000 years ago. The 62 bones and tools from the excavation (including sand fox and wildcat bones, as well as spatula-shaped instruments and other specialized devices) lead scientists to believe that the cave’s homo sapiens made clothes out of fur, smooth leather, and maybe even windbreakers. that go far beyond simple skin remains. Although the original appearance of these outfits remains unknown, these findings could prove that clothing is a hallmark of human behavior. Learn more about the discovery on The Guardian.
Image courtesy of Contrebandiers
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