May 30, 2020

Scotland Releases Colorful Currency That Honors Scottish Women and Wildlife

The Royal Bank of Scotland has started the new decade off right with its release of a series of banknotes deemed Fabric of Nature. With artwork featured across their fronts and backs, each bill highlights a significant Scottish woman and an indigenous species of Scottish wildlife. The series was led by the Scottish design company Nile, in partnership with O Street, Timorous Beasties, Graven, and Stuco.

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May 28, 2020

These “Clear” Succulents Look Like Glistening Jewels Growing From the Ground

Succulents are known for having leaves shaped like cartoon bunnies, dolphins, and hearts. So the Haworthia cooperi, while not oddly shaped, takes the prize for being the most unusual variety. Sometimes called the “clear succulent,” the transparency is particularly noticeable when the sun is shining on the tiny bulbous leaves. The light makes the tops of the plants practically disappear, leaving only the base of the blue-green leaves visible.

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May 13, 2020

Amazing Winners of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

Life on Earth has once again been showcased in all its glory thanks to the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. Each year the event, which is run by the California Academy of Sciences, attracts top nature and wildlife photographers, who submit their best work for consideration. As ever, the level of competition is high and, this year, the grand prize went to a photo of a brave animal facing a harsh winter storm.

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