Ross Brooks

 

Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world.

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Cortica: Cork-Wrapped Porcelain Mug is a Stylish Alternative to Throwaway Paper Cups

Cortica: Cork-Wrapped Porcelain Mug is a Stylish Alternative to Throwaway Paper Cups

Plastic mugs are not environmentally-friendly, and they can affect the taste of your coffee - which is why builder and designer Robert Knox opted for materials such as porcelain and cork. He

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50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico’s Lake Cajititlan

50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico’s Lake Cajititlan

Without warning, hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been floating to the surface of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. Local authorities claim the deaths

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two

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Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

School desks might seem like a common commodity in the West, but many children in India have to go without, which can result in bad posture, damaged eyesight, and even poor handwriting. To help

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Powerful Street Art Speaks for the Animals at Rock Werchter Music Festival

Powerful Street Art Speaks for the Animals at Rock Werchter Music Festival

Some of the animals imprisoned on the side of containers include an antelope, elephant, giraffe, bear, and rhino. In line with his usual monochromatic style, ROA opted to use a minimalist color

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with

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Marlène Huissoud Creates Alien Artefacts with Silkworm Cocoons and Biodegradable Beehive Resin

Marlène Huissoud Creates Alien Artefacts with Silkworm Cocoons and Biodegradable Beehive Resin

Born into a family of beekeepers, Huissoud first experimented with propolis, a biodegradable resin that honey bees collect from different trees and use as a sealant in the hive. The color of

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McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets Amid Chinese Chicken Scandal

McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets Amid Chinese Chicken Scandal

It was only a few days ago that McDonald's Japan announced they were no longer going to import meat from China after the rotten meat scandal, and now they've gone one better. The fast food chain

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Mobile House of 28 Hammocks Allows Visitors to ‘Hang’ for Free in Vienna

Mobile House of 28 Hammocks Allows Visitors to ‘Hang’ for Free in Vienna

Installed on the forecourt of the Museum Quarter in Vienna, the structure is meant to highlight the constant change that occurs in urban environments. Apart from an enticing place to relax, it

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Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Before building the seaworthy version, Bob constructed a prototype of the house on family land in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's also managed to survive the test of time, but suffers from a

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Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Elephant Comes to Life as a Steampunk LEGO Brick Creation

Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Elephant Comes to Life as a Steampunk LEGO Brick Creation

Korean LEGO artist Jin Kei has given life to one of the giant four-legged mammals from Salvador Dali's painting "The Elephants." The artist added his own steampunk twist to the building brick

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Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Water is a valuable resource - and it will only get more expensive if we continue use wasteful old-fashioned irrigation techniques such as sprinklers. One smart alternative is Hydros, an

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Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

Inside the apartment, the "living box" uses specific geometry to frame the mountain landscape through a single long window that provides light for the whole space. Placed in the center of the

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Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

For Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist's old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of

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Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence of other

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural

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Geothermally-Cooled Jesuit Community Center Protects Extensive Root System in Connecticut

Geothermally-Cooled Jesuit Community Center Protects Extensive Root System in Connecticut

Situated at the heart of the campus, the community center sits on a steep sloping hillside flanked by enormous mature European beech trees to the south. In exchange for the shade provided by

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Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift-Light is a new type of self-dimming LED lightbulb that works with any regular household light switch. Mimicking the setting sun to help you sleep better, the bulb uses an internal

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day, but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That's where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an

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JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

Built to follow a traditional three–room scheme, JRKVC's IST-Family House is organized around a central “service box” made from plywood. The box is able to accommodate a bathroom, a

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‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

Simple in design, The Body is a flesh-coloured strip of canvas with seams stitched along its six-meter length. The entire structure is filled with grains of rice, a material that's been employed

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Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Mireia Gordi Vila designed her flexible and reusable packaging for the Royal College of Art's upcoming graduate show. The design was originally conceived for extremely valuable goods, but it

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Breathtaking Images of Belgium’s Mythical Hallebros Forest Covered in Bluebells

Breathtaking Images of Belgium’s Mythical Hallebros Forest Covered in Bluebells

Speaking to MyModernMet about the fairytale forest, when asked about the colors, Schönberger said, "The colors are really that blue, especially under the moist conditions of the morning fog."

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Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

F8 Architecture established a set of key principles while designing the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage: Reduce solar gain, embrace natural ventilation, and improve thermal mass. To this end, hollow

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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding

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MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

Here's some sweet news. MARS, the makers of popular chocolate treats such as Snickers and M&M's, plans to slash its global carbon footprint by 24 percent with a new 118-turbine wind farm

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Ancient Underwater City Flooded by the Chinese Government Becomes Major Tourist Attraction

Ancient Underwater City Flooded by the Chinese Government Becomes Major Tourist Attraction

The city remains undisturbed from the surface at a depth of 26-40m, and has provided scientists and archaeologists a glimpse into what life in ancient China was really like. Many of the

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Solar-Powered EDYN Smart Garden System Gives Your Green Thumb an Instant Boost

Solar-Powered EDYN Smart Garden System Gives Your Green Thumb an Instant Boost

If you want to start growing your own food but fear the trial and error of developing a green thumb, then you might be interested in Edyn, a smart solar-powered system that gets rid of gardening

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Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

In order to optimize construction details while minimizing costs, Alventosa Morell Arquitectes opted to use wood as the sole building material. This forced them to work with a specific industry,

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