Leaping Forward

The diminutive planthopper (Issus coleoptratus)¬†is the only creature we know of besides ourselves that uses intermeshed gears for heavy, synchronized lifting. The gears, which look like a comic book model of miniature technology, form the ratchet joint between the planthopper’s back legs. They create a smooth response where the insect’s developing system is still incapable…

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Sweet Poison

What’s nectar to some is poison to others. Fracking, an extraction¬†technique that involves injecting water mixed with chemicals into wells to break apart shale formations that cover pockets of oil or natural gas. Fracking: Praised as an economic and energy boon, condemned as a toxic threat. All the images here hold a certain terrible beauty.…

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