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from The Economist

The situation in Syria

The mounting human cost of the uprising in Syria SYRIA’S 18-month revolution-turned-war is taking an increasing toll on the population. When opposition fighters entered the capital Damascus and the second city Aleppo in July, President Bashar Assad's regime responded with warplanes, and the monthly death toll jumped above 3,000. August was even bloodier.

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from the Guardian

All things bright and beautiful: What photographer found in one cubic foot

Just how much life can you find in an ecosystem of one cubic foot? The answer? An astonishing amount. In five distinct and contrasting environments, from a tropical forest to a city-centre park, photographer David Liittschwager set down his green-edged metal cube, and started watching. Each creature that passed through the cube was counted and charted with the help of his assistant and a team of biologists. Over a three-week period the team photographed each inhabitant that passed…