Mark Boyer

 

Mark Boyer is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mark studied literature at the University of Chicago and was the founding editor of Curbed Chicago. His work has appeared in GOOD, Mindful Metropolis, and others.

Mark Boyer
Japan Town Featured in ‘The Cove’ Plans To Open Dolphin Park

Japan Town Featured in ‘The Cove’ Plans To Open Dolphin Park

In mid-2009, the tiny Japanese fishing village of Taiji found itself at the center of the international controversy over dolphin hunting when it was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary

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Trees Take Root in Abandoned Silos in American Farming Communities

Trees Take Root in Abandoned Silos in American Farming Communities

Drive down a two-lane highway in the rural Midwest and you're likely to encounter decaying buildings, maybe a half-collapsed barn, and abandoned silos. Industrial agriculture has reshaped

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MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

Beads of water on glass photo via Shutterstock Glass is a fundamental building material with thousands of practical applications, and if you believe what the folks at Corning are selling, our

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Ford Dealerships Get Environmental Assessment in Preparation for 2012 Ford Focus Electric Rollout

Ford Dealerships Get Environmental Assessment in Preparation for 2012 Ford Focus Electric Rollout

By any measure, the release of Ford's 2012 Focus Electric is a big deal. It's the company's first all-electric car, and Ford says it can be recharged in nearly half the time it

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“Concealed Carry” Clothes Tailored for Gun Owners Gaining Popularity

“Concealed Carry” Clothes Tailored for Gun Owners Gaining Popularity

Photo by Shutterstock "Covert fashion" -- clothes that are made to hide firearms -- are having a "moment," according to the New York Times. Companies like Woolrich, whose new “Concealed

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Sweden Announces BPA Ban in Children’s Food Packaging

Sweden Announces BPA Ban in Children’s Food Packaging

Just one month after the FDA rejected a proposal to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, Sweden has announced that it will ban the chemical in food packaging intended for children under 3

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Honda Develops New Technology to Help Prevent Traffic Jams

Honda Develops New Technology to Help Prevent Traffic Jams

Beijing Traffic Jam via Shutterstock Traffic congestion doesn't just raise your blood pressure; it's a drag on the economy and it causes a lot of unnecessary pollution. A recent study showed

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President Obama Says Climate Change Will Be a Campaign Issue

President Obama Says Climate Change Will Be a Campaign Issue

During President Obama's first term in office, observers have noted that the terms "global warming" and "climate change" have gradually been scrubbed from the president's vocabulary. Since the

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IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

During this year's Milan Design Week Swedish furniture maker IKEA rolled out a bunch of bright-colored tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture. But perhaps the most interesting product

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Government Files First Criminal Charges Linked To BP Oil Spill

Government Files First Criminal Charges Linked To BP Oil Spill

Just over two years ago, an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP killed 11 crew members and sparked the worst oil spill in US history. The accident released almost 5 million

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Leading Botanical Institutions Team Up To Produce Online Catalog of All Plants on Earth

Leading Botanical Institutions Team Up To Produce Online Catalog of All Plants on Earth

In an effort to help prevent further loss of plant biodiversity around the world, four leading botanical institutions have announced plans to team up and catalog every plant on Earth. The New

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US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his British counterpart Edward Davey are set to announce a major collaboration between the two nations to develop new floating wind turbine technology.

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New Research Links Phthalates to Type 2 Diabetes

New Research Links Phthalates to Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetic is doing a glucose – Image from Shutterstock Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in plastics, fragrances and a variety of other consumer products. Because they serve

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8 Fun & Easy Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

8 Fun & Easy Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

Looking for a neat way to celebrate Earth Day with your family this year? Get your kids excited about honoring the Earth with one (or several) Earth Day activities. From planting seedlings and

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Super-Fast Vacuum Transport Tube Could Travel from New York To LA in Under an Hour

Super-Fast Vacuum Transport Tube Could Travel from New York To LA in Under an Hour

Traveling cross-country can be a drag, and flying across the world is downright exhausting. But what if there was a way to dramatically speed up the process? Evacuated Tube Transport is a

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iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

iPhone users aren't exactly at a loss when looking for a place to dock their phones these days. But even in a market that's flooded with a myriad docking and music amplification systems, the

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New Research Finds Flame Retardants Produce Deadlier Fires

New Research Finds Flame Retardants Produce Deadlier Fires

Products like baby mattresses and car seats that use flame retardants have come under heavy scrutiny in recent years because they contain powerful toxins that are known to cause impaired

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New Study Reveals that Environmental Impact of Electric Cars Depends on Location

New Study Reveals that Environmental Impact of Electric Cars Depends on Location

Although nothing comes out the tailpipe, electric vehicles do produce carbon emissions and other pollutants; the amount of emissions all depends on the power source from which they are charged.

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If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released new data this week detailing what would happen if the Japanese capital were hit with a major earthquake. According to the projection, a 7.3-magnitude

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Walmart Toots its Own Horn with Release of Sustainability Report

Walmart Toots its Own Horn with Release of Sustainability Report

On Monday, Walmart released its annual Global Responsibility Report highlighting the corporate behemoth's progress towards meeting sustainability goals. Just how green is Walmart? On many

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image

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Mauricio Affonso’s Transforming FAN Table Changes Shape in Seconds

Mauricio Affonso’s Transforming FAN Table Changes Shape in Seconds

Affonso's FAN Table, which is currently on display at the Milan Furniture Fair, consists of a geometric base and a surface that is made from over 400 slats. Both the surface and the base are

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Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

This morning, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released its first annual report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative, a program that was launched one year ago to encourage nationwide

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Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico is poised to become the second nation in the world (behind Great Britain) to pass sweeping climate change legislation that calls for dramatically reducing carbon emissions over the next

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EPA Aims To Improve Air Quality in National Parks

EPA Aims To Improve Air Quality in National Parks

Last week, the federal government took a big step towards cleaning up the air in our national parks when a U.S. District Court in Washington, DC approved an agreement between the EPA and

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Yeast-Based Ingredient Could Replace “Whale Vomit” in Perfume

Yeast-Based Ingredient Could Replace “Whale Vomit” in Perfume

Perfume bottles photo via Shutterstock Did you know that that bottle of pricey perfume sitting atop your dresser likely contains whale vomit? For centuries, designer perfume makers have used

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New Study Links Regular Dental X-Rays To Cancer

New Study Links Regular Dental X-Rays To Cancer

If you've been to the dentist's office recently, chances are good that your dentist asked to take X-rays of your teeth. Dental radiographs have become very common because they show hidden

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in

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Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Natural gas drilling has starred in several documentary films in recent years, including Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated "GasLand," and now it's set to become the subject of a major feature film

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it

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