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These Erotic Images Of Women Are Actually Incredible Oil Paintings (NSFW)

Few artists in the world have the perfect command of lighting, colour, and oil media technique of Yigal Ozeri. His always sensual and sometimes disturbing hyperrealistic art — which usually focuses on women in dreamy and contemplative states — is simply stunning. Warning: Some paintings are NSFW.


Why Do Chinese Investors Want To Build A Dubai-Style City In Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a “Chinese-controlled economic zone” populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to “match the glamour of Dubai”. What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other than their own? It’s pretty simple, actually.


The Floating Super-Factories Spawned By Our Insatiable Hunger For Gas

The world’s ever-growing demand for gas is driving companies deeper and further into the ocean to drill for it. And, to do so, they’re building a new type of ship: small city-sized floating factories that drill, process, refine and barrel gas while still out on the open sea. Think of them as one-stop gas shops that, crucially, can operate in international waters.


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, The US Is Not Ready For The Next Big Spill

A quarter-century ago, after the Exxon Valdez’s captain downed one too many drinks and left a third mate in charge, the oil tanker struck a reef and bled 41,640 kilolitres of oil across 2092km of Alaska’s coastline. But the catastrophic oil spills have continued in the US — and it’s still not prepared to handle them.


We Can Now Pave Roads With Used Cooking Oil

You might not realise it, but quitting our addiction to oil means more than just finding something besides petrol to put in our cars. If we really want to stop using fossil fuels, we have to change the way we make roads — and cooking oil might just be the answer.


France Will Pay You $5 Million To Invent An Oil-Drilling Drone

France’s equivalent of DARPA has a lofty task for you. The National Research Agency is challenging engineers to design and build an autonomous oil-drilling robot that can operate continuously for six weeks at a time. And they’re willing to pay you handsomely.


Oil Companies Could Create Dozens Of Toxic Lakes In Alberta

Canada’s tar sands are an unequivocal environmental nightmare, ravaging the landscape and spewing billions of gallons of toxic water into the world. Now, oil companies are claiming they’ve figured out what to do with all that poisonous water: Turn Alberta into one giant man-made lake district.


The La Brea Tar Pits Remind Us That Los Angeles Is An Ancient City

Conventional wisdom designates Los Angeles as a young, capricious metropolis — an underage drinker in the geopolitical nightclub — but it’s simply not true. Los Angeles is actually an ancient city, and the proof is bubbling right up to the surface at the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the richest paleontological sites in the world and the only one being actively excavated in an urban setting.


Capping Deep Water Horizon Could Have Been Catastrophic

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, engineers and scientists weren’t sure that capping the Macondo well was the best idea. In fact, it could have lead to an even larger, harder to control spill.


MIT Develops Way To Magnetically Separate Oil From Water

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it seemed everyone was on the brink of discovering the definitive method for separating oil from water. Hair. Straw. Sand. A lot of suggestions were thrown out there by the happy-to-help public.