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To understand the present we must consider the past. We all know this to be true, but in a society generating ever-more information it is more critical than ever to look back and consider what brought us to this point – from how technology has evolved to how the green movement has taken its place in history.

Mapping the Underworld: Digital 3D Cave Exploration

A complex system of caves beneath Nottingham, England - used for everything from dungeons to drinking dens - is revealed by high-tech 3D scanning equipment.

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From Another Udder: Nine Nutty Non-Cow Cheeses

Cheese, glorious cheese! Coagulated, moldy mammal milk, mmm... and not just from goats & cows anymore, either. Ready to cut the cheese? OK, a whey we go!

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Siberian Rusty: Russia's Despoiled Wrangel Island

Attempts to colonize Russia's lonely Wrangel Island have come at a terrible price – a poisonous legacy of environmental despoliation on a massive scale.

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Bon Location: Filmdom's 10 Most Exotic Destinations

Movies aren't always filmed on location but when they are, the results can be spectacular – like these 10 exotic hot spots Hollywood showcases so well.

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Rock Steady: The World's 10 Most Amazing Balanced Stones

Poised between inertial stability and the relentless force of gravity, these 10 amazing balanced stones maintain a precarious balance between soil and sky.

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Good Day At Black Rock: 10 Cool Columnar Basalt Formations

Columnar basalt formations like Devils Tower and the Giant's Causeway have amazed and mystified humans from time immemorial... and today, they still do!

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Super Fun Superfund? 13 Reclaimed Toxic Sites

Some have been 'cleaned up' by the EPA and others have just been designated, but all of these 13 Superfund sites have been reclaimed for recreation.

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Stoned Souls: Bizarre Human-Shaped Rocks Sculpted By Nature

Pareidolia - seeing human features where they don't actually exist - raises its head when we observe bizarre human-shaped rocks like the examples depicted here.

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Some Fine Dam Climbing: Goats Scaling Steep Vertical Wall

The daring sport of rock climbing isn't just for humans - these Alpine ibex are skilled climbers who make good use of a salt-encrusted dam wall in Italy.

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12 Historic Sites & Ancient Ruins in Danger of Disappearing

These 12 ancient ruins, archaeological digs and historic sites could be wiped off the face of the earth by climate change, war and other challenges.

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Hot For A Cause: Activist Art Using Massed Candles

Art For Earth's candle-powered installations delineate powerful political or environmental messages across the globe in gently wavering, softly glowing light.

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Wave Goodbye: 10 Of The World's Worst Toxic Floods

The recent red deluge of alkaline sludge in Hungary is only the latest in a long series of toxic floods that have destroyed land, lives and livelihoods.

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Sunrise, Sunset: Breathtaking Natural Light Photography

The quality of light in a photograph can determine the overall mood and tone of the image. These photographs are all stunning in their study of natural light.

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Life Sucks: 10 Amazing Animal Vampires

Was Dracula onto something? Like the no-account count, these 10 bloodsucking animal vampires take their nourishment from a different vein... maybe one of yours!

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Honking Their Horn: 10 Amazing Real Unicorns

Where are the REAL unicorns - you know, the one-horned variety? These 10 amazing real unicorns show that staying single can be something special.

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