The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

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Near Halloween each year, this young girl’s fancies turn to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the disaster-preparedness kits that we are actually supposed to have. But zombies aren’t real, right? Aside from The Joker’s laughing gas, mass hypnotism, or watching too much Fox TV, there’s no scientific mechanism for turning people into puppets. Or is there? Let’s find out in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

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Since January is organization month, it’s the perfect time to start the new year off right with a little Feng Shui revitalization at home. Here are 9 simple tips for bringing positivity into your home with Feng Shui. Nine is the most auspicious number in Feng Shui, so if you can manage to do all nine of these, you will attract even more good energy!

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Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human?

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Researchers recently discovered a fossilized jawbone that could have belonged to a new type of prehistoric human. The jawbone, originally found by fishermen in the Penghu Channel near Taiwan, has features which suggest it predates previously discovered hominids. Taiwanese fishermen found the fossilized jawbone and sold it to a local antique shop. Researchers later discovered the mandible, and were amazed when they realized what the bone could indicate.

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Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland commit to Responsible Down Standard

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Outdoor outfitters have been under the gun for some time for sourcing down from birds who have been mistreated, according to animal welfare activists. Adidas, Nau, REI, and Timberland are some of the latest manufacturers who have signed on to the Responsible Down Standard, a promise to source down from ducks and geese who have not been force-fed or had their feathers plucked while still alive.

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DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

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Iceland's Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

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DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

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February 2nd has had special significance since ancient times: celebrated as Imbolc by the Celts, and more recently as Candlemas by Christians, it’s also commonly known as Groundhog Day. Although the days are growing longer, winter’s darkness is certainly still present, and candles can help dispel the gloom until the sun returns again. Read on for DIY instructions for how to make some of your own recycled candles to brighten up your home for this February festival.

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Scientists discover a way to "unboil" eggs - and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

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Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments, food production advancements and other areas of research. The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules.

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HOW TO: Impress your Valentine with beautiful and easy chocolate-covered mint leaves

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If you’re planning to stay in and cook for your Valentine this year, you’ll love this easy recipe for chocolate-covered mint leaves. Made from fresh mint and organic dark chocolate, these chocolate-dipped delicacies are a more natural version of the classic thin mint. Read on for the full step-by-step tutorial with pictures!

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DIY: 6 dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl feast the best ever

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The Super Bowl is tomorrow and that means it is time to start prepping all those delicious dips and spreads for the big game. We have 6 recipes that are sure to please your entire crowd and, even better, they are healthy enough that you won’t experience day-after guilt on Monday. Click on and get ready to dig in.

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Bangladesh wants to become the world's first "solar nation" by 2021

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The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid, thus supplying power where there previously was none.

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Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

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In 2001 the hipsters of Portland planted the seed for a fascination with PBR that quickly spread nation-wide. So what state could be better qualified to provide us with a beer made from actual human urine? While it won’t be hitting the market anytime soon — due to regulations and all — Clean Water Services has asked the Oregon Brew Crew to turn their high-purity, drinkable sewage water into a refreshing craft beer.

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

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Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly difficult time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. In response, a student team created the “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that can also transform into a tent. The set-up also includes wheels and arm straps, so it can travel wherever it is needed.

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Turkey unveils the world's first intercontinental underwater rail tunnel

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The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality. In 2004, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was then mayor of Istanbul, revived the plan along with other excessive ideas such as a third airport, a parallel canal and a third bridge. These ambitious projects, which locals blame for the destruction of green spaces and the loss of homes, helped to fuel mass anti-government protests across the country earlier this year.

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Tiny off-grid Le Tronc Creux shelters blend into Bordeaux's forests like old tree trunks

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6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

Vegan Soft Pretzels Nothing goes better with a cold beer than a salty pretzel and some spicy mustard dipping sauce. If you really want to impress your vegan guests, this recipe from La…

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Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for…

The architects wanted to create a design that would use a limited set of tools and rely mostly on the site's natural conditions. They chose reinforced ice, refined with organic…

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DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to…

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This stunning mirrored sphere lets you experience the cosmos without leaving the ground

This stunning mirrored sphere lets you experience the cosmos without…

OSMO was designed for the latest edition of Light Night Canning Town, a free festival of light, community and energy held in the streets of London. The site-specific space was raised…

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Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

The U.S. Senate voted 62-36 in favor of the highly-contested Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday (1/29), with nine Democrats crossing party lines to show support for the $8 billion project…

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