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Isaac Yuen, creator of the blog Ekostories, elaborates on the connections between Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful animated film, My Neighbor Totoro, and children’s need for nature. Yuen’s Children and Nature: My Neighbor Totoro should appeal to a lot of the folks I know at SUNY-ESF!

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The title, Earth, Still Awesome, comes from Paul Werdel of the political news site, Talking Points Memo. He is referring to a new NASA time lapse video sequence taken from the International Space Station. You can read the TPM synopsis here.

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Except when it’s perched off the corner of a 7th story building! The Los Angeles Times reports on Do Ho Suh’s permanent installation, Fallen Star, which can be found on the campus of UC San Diego.

Image credit: Philipp Scholz Rittermann / June 16, 2012

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Comprehensive set of blogs and websites, found here.

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Murmuration

Regardless of what you might think of starlings, this phenomenon is awe-inspiring.

h/t Andrew Sullivan.

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posting will be infrequent. Just kidding – though posting may be infrequent due to the imminent start of a new semester. More seriously, though, this stuff (i.e., the sorry state of the U.S. and much of Europe) is getting harder to ignore, even from the insular world of academe. Perhaps getting lost in research is the ticket…

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Quirky news from the past two weeks:

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Thanks to Andrew Sullivan – breaking up a debt ceiling weekend with some lawn angst/humor.

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