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James Long: Divine inspiration

It was a case of Divine inspiration for James Long's autumn/winter collection, quite literally as the drag performer's portrait graced an intarsia knit jumper - hand crafted by Long's own mother.

WATCH: Oil flows wrong way in brain-twisting illusion

Can any physicist readers work out what's going on here? SWAMP, an artistic duo, have created an installation called 'Supermajor' - video above - in which oil is clearly pouring out of a vintage can, puddling onto a table below, but looks like it's in fact climbing up from the puddle back into the can. We're completely stumped...

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Environment

The environment section covers issues which raise debate such as those concerning climate change, green living and nature. Here we take a look at the most popular articles of the year followed by an insight from our environment editor as he chooses his favourite story.

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UN: Widespread oil damage found in Nigeria delta

A region of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta suffers widespread ecological damage as spilled oil seeps into its drinking water, destroys plants and remains in the ground for decades at a time, said a United Nations report released today.

Locals doubt Exxon claim on Yellowstone oil spill's impact

The oil company Exxon Mobil faced a mixture of scepticism and outright hostility yesterday after its president claimed that no wildlife had been harmed in an accident which saw an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil spilled directly into one of the most scenic waterways in the American West.