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In the book Our Beautiful, Fragile World, photojournalist Peter Essick takes us on a tour of the world’s altered landscapes, from an eroded hillside in Joshua Tree National Park to an oil sands mining operation in Alberta, Canada’s boreal forest. “Our natural world is constantly changing,” writes Essick. “What is different among landscapes is the rate and degree of change. After viewing the images, it’s impossible not to wonder: how can we do better?” 

More breathtaking photos at Co.Exist

LEADERSHIP IN THE FIELD: MARINES, ARMY, AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY

E.B. Boyd, embedded reporter in Afghanistan, profiles the leadership transition from the Marines to the Afghan National Army, and the effort and innovation behind it.

LEAD OR DIE 

Lt. Col. Philip Treglia and photographer Teru Kuwayama will be featured speakers at tomorrow’s Innovation Uncensored SF conference. Join us.

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These haunting ghostlike images are made using images of cross-sections of a human body. The twist is that the body belongs to Joseph Paul Jernigan, a convicted murderer executed on August 5, 1993.

For an explanation and a slideshow, visit Co.Exist

Pregnant couples sleep differently. Not only is a woman instructed not to sleep on her back, she’s forced to negotiate aching, snoring, indigestion, gratuitous breasts, and a giant belly. And as a man in bed, you’re constantly aware of that belly—so you don’t fight for covers as much, and you’re always careful when you flip. You sleep so much worse and more clumsily, but also so much more tenderly than ever before.

It’s a feeling captured by Jana Romanova’s photo series Waiting, in which she stayed overnight with young pregnant couples across Russia, just to sneak in their bedrooms around dawn