What We Love This Week, Volume CXIX

Smart Screens Obama

U.S. soldiers take pictures of President Barack Obama in Seoul, South Korea. Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Our Screen-Obsessed World

Smart Screens Tribe

A Guarani Nandeva tribe member stands guard in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Ever heard of nomophobia? Even if you haven’t come across the name, chances are you already know what it is. The ailment, or fear of being without one’s smartphone, affects a sizable chunk of sampled populations, and its consequences are just beginning to be studied. What we do know is that the advent of smartphones is not one whose effects can be seen in just the technological sphere; it has dramatic implications for the way we experience the world and our daily lives. From protests in Hong Kong to fashion runways to the bedroom (in one recent study one in ten participants admitted to having used their phone during sex), the smartphone has managed to embed itself into the most mundane and unanticipated spaces. Check out this series at The Atlantic In Focus to learn more.

Smart Screens Masks

A penitent called “Morion” checks his phone in the central Philippines Source: The Atlantic In Focus

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The 2015 EGU Photo Contest Winners Convey Earth’s Beauty

EGU Photo Contest Heiturpottur

“Heiturpottur” by Morgan Jones. Source: GeoLog

Three winners from the 2015 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Photo Contest have finally been announced after a week of voting. “Heiturpottur,” captured by Morgan Jones, and “The late Holocene fever” by Christian Massari both stood out as clear winners. This year entrants submitted more than 200 photos to the EGU Photo Contest, covering a variety of geo-scientific topics.

Iceberg Calving

“The late Holocene fever” by Christian Massari. Source: GeoLog

Badlands National Park

“A voyage through scales” by Iain Willis. Source: GeoLog

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25 Rooftop Gardens That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Rooftop Gardens Curved Roof

Urban planners are frequently including green features like rooftop gardens in their designs. Source: Homes Direct

Rooftop gardens might seem like a development of modernity, but they actually date back to antiquity. From the famed ziggurats of Mesopotamia to the wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, roof gardens have not only served to delight people, but also to grow food, provide flood control and insulate homes. Many cities across the globe are promoting the installation of rooftop gardens for these very reasons.

Rooftop gardens are most commonly found in cities where free ground level space is limited, heat build-up is of concern and water overflow is an issue. Gardens can actually reduce the overall heat absorption of a building, thus reducing energy consumption and helping fight smog. But that’s not the only thing these little environmental superheroes do. They also provide space for growing affordable and sustainable crops, recreation and migratory way stations for animals.

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