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Mapping coral reefs, transforming taxis into vegetable gardens, tracing Harlem's legacy as a style hub and more

Scientists Globally Map Coral Reefs For The First Time Under the direction of Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation, more than 450 teams of scientists have succeeded in creating the first continually updating map of the world’s shallow coral reefs, an undertaking that required 2.25 million satellite images covering about 100,000 square miles. As one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the …

Idle Taxis Repurposed as Vegetable Gardens in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Ratchapruk and Bovorn Taxi cooperatives joined forces and transformed the roofs of their currently unused cabs (idled because of a lack of demand during the pandemic) as vegetable gardens. With “black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames” as the garden bed, the plots are growing everything from string beans to cucumbers and tomatoes. But this installation is also a statement, as the cooperatives …

Cool Hunting Video: Taxi Amulets of Bangkok

The many religious and pop culture shrines inside Thailand's cabs

While traveling in Bangkok, we asked American-turned-Bangkokian, Dale Konstanz, if he could give us a glimpse into the day-to-day on the city’s bustling streets. Creator of the blog “Still Life in Moving Vehicles” and the book Thai Taxi Talismans, Konstanz has a fascination with Bangkok’s taxi culture—particularly their objects of taxi adornment. He took us around markets and street venders to see the variety in …