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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Researchers Find the World’s Oldest Pair of Pants

Researchers Find the World’s Oldest Pair of Pants

If you've ever wondered exactly when primitive people ditched loin clothes and tunics in favor of the pants we know and love today, the latest discovery in a Chinese excavation is right up your fashion

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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The Morpher Bicycle Helmet Can Fold Up to Just 1.4-Inches Thick

The Morpher Bicycle Helmet Can Fold Up to Just 1.4-Inches Thick

If you have ever been guilty of leaving your bike helmet at home because you just didn’t want to lug it around all day, you officially have no more excuses. The Morpher bicycle helmet works and looks

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their locale. The

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Nico’s Interlocking Leaf Seats are Handmade in the UK Using Sustainable Materials

Nico’s Interlocking Leaf Seats are Handmade in the UK Using Sustainable Materials

Design by Nico recently showcased this cute set of interlocking Leaf Seats at Milan Design Week. As many as seven Leaf Seats can be connected together to serve a range of functions - from individual

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Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

The Experimental Vases designed by the Cray Collectivewere created in soft plastic moulds, which allows the material to steer the shape of the final piece. These were made of pigmented

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

  Dent 200 is a whopping two-meter-wide chandelier in the shape of a truncated icosahedron, created in PVC and developed by designer Chak Dent for Innermost design. The white version of

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This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

For anyone looking for that perfect off-grid option, Orange is an exceptionally energy efficient mini-structure that is 100 percent free from harmful building materials. The home is constructed with

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Antler Handlebars Add Hipster Flair to Picnic-Ready Lumburr Bicycle

Antler Handlebars Add Hipster Flair to Picnic-Ready Lumburr Bicycle

Spring is finally here, which means fair-weather cyclists and picnickers are popping up in droves at parks across the nation. In celebration of craft and the great outdoors, Lumbürr Co combines the best

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Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Deneb Outdoors has created a high performance sleeping bag made from Llama wool. Yes, Llama! Because of the Llama fibers' hollow construction, it acts like a straw pulling any water away from the body,

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Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Dutch designer Richard Hutten just unveiled his new Layers Cloud Chair, which is set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair. The chair is made entirely from Kvadrat's multicolored Divina fabric, and it

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower might be getting a solar facelift. The Guardian reports that the House of Commons is looking into plans that would add solar panels to the landmark’s clock face.

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Bloom is an Awesome Origami-Inspired Blanket

Bloom is an Awesome Origami-Inspired Blanket

Bloom is a cashmere wool blanket designed by Bianca Cheng Costanzo. Inspired by origami, this unique piece is soft yet effortlessly holds its shape without any filling. The blankets are also easy to care

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Bright orange reflective vests might keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe at night but they don't exactly scream cool, which often discourages their use. Enter Halo Belt 2.0 -- the glowing LED, USB

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Not only has an international collaboration between 30 different scientific teams uncovered the "smoking gun" that caused mass extinctions during the last ice age, but it also demonstrated what can be

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