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Art Of The Revolution: Egyptian Exhibition In London Captures Jan. 25 Creativity Burst

Nine Egyptian artists offer their interpretations and instinctive reactions to the popular upheaval that swept their country. One of those artists paid the ultimate price.

Stencil art of revolutionary martyrs (left to right) Mustafa al-Sawy and artist Ahmad Basiony
Stencil art of revolutionary martyrs (left to right) Mustafa al-Sawy and artist Ahmad Basiony
Nadine el-Hadi

LONDON - Throughout the Arab spring, art and information both reflected and propelled the popular uprisings. A new exhibition of Egyptian artists, dubbed "From Facebook to Nassbook," at London's Mica Gallery, showcases the work of nine artists active in Egypt's art scene. Part of London's month-long "Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture," is at its heart a tribute to the Jan. 25 revolution.

Nass is the Arabic word for people, and with the Internet shutdown on Jan. 28, people shifted communication from online social media back to the physical world, and word of mouth. The artwork is diverse, made up of photography, conceptual pieces and interactive media. It illustrates how artists of varying ages interpreted this year's revolutionary fever.

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Artificial Satellite Pollution, Perils For Biodiversity In Space And On Earth

Exploiting space resources and littering it with satellite and other anthropogenic objects is endangering the ecosystem of space, which also damages the earth and its creatures below.

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Thomas Lewton

Outer space isn’t what most people would think of as an ecosystem. Its barren and frigid void isn’t exactly akin to the verdant canopies of a rainforest or to the iridescent shoals that swim among coral cities. But if we are to become better stewards of the increasingly frenzied band of orbital space above our atmosphere, a shift to thinking of it as an ecosystem — as part of an interconnected system of living things interacting with their physical environment — may be just what we need.

Last month, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists proposed we do just that, citing the proliferation of anthropogenic space objects. Thousands of satellites currently orbit the Earth, with commercial internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink launching new ones at a dizzying pace. Based on proposals for projects in the future, the authors note, the number could reach more than a hundred thousand within the decade. Artificial satellites, long a vital part of the space ecosystem, have arguably become an invasive species.

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