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Gold Fireflies Dance Through Japanese Enchanted Forest in the Summer of 2016

An array of photographers captured these stunning images of gold fireflies during Japan’s rainy season in June and July. A dazzling long-exposure effort, the fireflies resemble a chimerical glittery effect only seen by fairies in enchanted forests.

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July 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history

Congratulations, planet Earth: Last month was the hottest month ever recorded, according to NASA. And that means 2016 is a shoo-in for hottest year on record, beating 2015 and 2014 before it, revealing a devastating pattern. And the reason for all the record breaking is a combination of global warming and another natural phenomenon.

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July 29, 2016

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. In just over a decade he produced over 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, the majority created in the last two years of his life.

The art which Urie is painting is based on Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat.

You can read more about it here! ~ x

July 18, 2016

A photochemical smog is a concentrated mass of an atmospheric pollutant called photochemical oxidants, appearing like a white fog shrouding the land when seen from a distance. The smog tends to occur on a hot summer day when the sky is clear and there is little wind.

This became an issue in Japan when the nation’s industry was operating at high capacity and car ownership grew rapidly. While occurrences have decreased since then, they have never ceased and authorities still issue alerts for their potentially serious health effects.