She Sheds: Women embrace new trend of building female versions of man caves

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Ladies, are you jealous of your man’s time in his stinky old man cave? If so, it might be time to get your own “She Shed”! According to NBC TODAY, more and more women have been embracing the trend of building their own special getaway cottages. Sandra Foster, who built her own sassy She Shed in New York’s Catskills Mountains, says she uses the tiny space to escape the pressures of work and to have some peaceful personal time.

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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

by , 05/29/15
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There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. Another is a newly released video of a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates somewhat rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The reason for this alarming event? The XC60 in question was does not appear to be equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee.

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for free

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Get ready for harvest season! In a few months, the trees will be overloaded with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods. Plan ahead now to make the most out of your local harvest.

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Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

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Over the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for their ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a dramatic 48 percent decrease in the number of elephants from 20,000 to just over 10,000. The Wildlife Conservation Society said that the decline is directly attributed to rampant poaching.

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Peru plans to dam Amazon River's main source and displace thousands

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Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Marañón would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and contribute to the “eco-system collapse” of the Amazon basin, according Paul Little, a U.S.-based environmental anthropologist. Additionally, according to a detailed report on Mongabay, the dams would cause a significant uptick in methane emissions, and produce far more power than is needed for the entire Peruvian population—raising fears the ecologically and economically risky hydroelectric dams are being built to serve mining companies, or to generate power for export sale to neighboring nations.

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Origami-inspired Nanoleaf Gem is a beautiful energy-efficient glass LED

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Eco-friendly designs by Udo Heimermann seek socio-environmental harmony

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Barclays Center rolls out its new green roof

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SpaceX gets USAF certification, busts monopoly on military satellite launches

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On Tuesday of this week, SpaceX entered a new and very important phase of their operations. The U.S. Air Force certified Elon Musk’s space exploration company to launch satellites for the Pentagon, making it only the second company to be cleared to do so. This certification essentially means that SpaceX can now run with the big dogs on the frontlines of aerospace exploration, competing against United Launch Alliance (ULA) for contracts to launch national security satellites.

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100% recyclable and affordable pop-up bedroom snaps together in less than 30 minutes

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World's smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

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Rural writer's nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

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Javier de Riba graffitis gorgeous geometric patterns onto the floors of abandoned buildings

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Japan's Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the…

India is a country known for its sweltering heat, but this spring has brought unprecedented (and early) high temperatures to the region, with a deadly outcome. Early Thursday morning…

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FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre

FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre "House for Essex" dedicated to…

The eclectic House for Essex, commissioned for philosopher and critic Alain de Botton's Living Architecture program, is a fairytale-inspired holiday home. Architecture studio FAT and…

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Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla has had a bit of a rough road when it has come to selling its own electric cars. But they have come up with a new idea that is almost as inventive as their cars and batteries. The…

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IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely…

Swedish manufacturer of flatpack furniture, IKEA, keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable design. The company is currently developing a new line of furniture made out of…

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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal…

Bordalo II's amazing creatures are scattered all around Lisbon, where the artist lives. Curious rabbits, toucans, raccoons and even feathered hummingbirds are all part of a project to…

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