Most of us know that California and many other western states are in a state of severe drought, but visualizing the crisis is a different story.

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan captured these dramatic aerial shots of California’s reservoirs and placed them side-by-side with images taken several years ago.

Aerial Photos Highlight California’s Severe Drought

via In Focus

Summer Hike #9: West Ridge Trail, Rock-It Trail, Coyote Run Trail, & Mathis Canyon Trail, 5.625 mi.

Number of Trails Completed in This Park: 12 out of 27

#NatureKid #Namgry #Cosmos #Unintentional1stNightHike #Summer2014HikeSeries (at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park)
Summer Hike #8: Temescal Rivas Canyon Trail, approximately 2.1 mi.
PC: @bernielim

Until winter break, safe travels back to Boston, Forehead (@bernielim)!

#NatureKid #SeaweedModeling #PeopleWatching #SantaMonicaPier #Summer2014HikeSeries (at Temescal Canyon State Park)
SPOP 9 (08.22.14-08.23.14): There’s CamiNo Place Like Home.

I still haven’t fully processed these past two months. Thank you, CPs, staffers, and SPOPpers from each SPOP, for one hell of a summer.

#OhDang #Potato #SPOPUCI #MidnightOrientationStaff2014 #LatePost (at University of California, Irvine)

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have designed an electronic tattoo—a small, flexible circuit board that can be worn just like the Spiderman temp tats I used to stick on my face—that produces an electrical current.
It works by stripping the electrons from lactate, a byproduct of sweat, with an enzyme imprinted on the e-tattoo’s sensor. In other words, it produces power from your nasty workout juice. And, the researchers say, the technology could eventually generate enough electricity to run devices like phones, smart watches, and heart monitors.
"These represent the first examples of epidermal electrochemical biosensing and biofuel cells that could potentially be used for a wide range of future applications," said research lab director Joseph Wang in a statement.

More: This Sweat-Powered E-Tattoo Could One Day Charge Your Phone | The Creators Project

Emma Watson, W Screen Tests by Lynn Hirschberg

(via luke-is-the-cutest-penguin)


Trailer: White Bird In A Blizzard (iTunes 9/25, theaters 10/24)
Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela Bassett

holy butt this looks so good i hope it’s so good


An estimated 63 trillion gallons of groundwater have been lost in the ongoing drought in the western United States, a study finds. The loss has caused the Earth to lift up, on average, about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months.
Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

TIME’s new cover on the tragedy of Ferguson: How the shooting of Michael Brown reignited the race conversation. 

Your Voice

Minute smiles sneak away,
While you immodestly sing as you may.
Your sunrise renditions awaken their ears
With lyrics they never hear.
Rather, they bask in the warmth of your Voice
As if it was their only choice.

Beneath the unabashed melody, their thoughts encase
And stir with an unsettling pace:
Maybe It’s a lovely lie
Like the idyllic waters nearby
That unfurl and appease
The mind’s erratic wheeze.

It does not await for audiences to subside
In fear of mere chide.
It submerges them and astounds
As It amplifies from the ground.
Suddenly, the doubts conceal
Once they learn that It is Real.


How Do You Feel About Being Turned Into Compost When You Die? | Co.Exist | ideas impact:

Even when we’re dead, most Americans keep adding to our carbon footprints. Can the rituals around death be redesigned to become more sustainable?
With her Urban Death Project, designer Katrina Spade has been working on a greener alternative for the last three years. Along with the environmental issues, the design also considers the problem of space—cemeteries in the U.S. take up about a million acres of land, and as populations grow, even more space is needed. Spade wanted to find an answer that would allow people to be buried in cities.
The design uses composting to turn bodies into soil-building material for nearby farms and community gardens, so people literally become part of the city they once lived in. A four-story building, which Spade envisions being built in neighborhoods across a city, would serve both as composter and a place for ritual, where family members could see the deceased person for the last time. The composting process would take about two years.

More here.

How magic conquered pop culture: ”In the real world we’re busy staring at our phones as global warming gradually renders the world we’re ignoring uninhabitable. Fantasy holds out the possibility that there’s another way to live.” 
Illustration by Nick Iluzada for TIME.


Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan took some extreme close ups of various animals’ eyes, and the results are stunning.

Using a macro lens, Suren reveals intricate textures and a myriad of colors in the eyes of everything from guinea pigs to amazonian pythons.

Stunning Macro Photos of Animals’ Eyes

via Feature Shoot