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Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

by , 08/08/14
filed under: Green Appliances, News

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An Indian entrepreneur has created a refrigerator made entirely from clay that keeps food cool without using any electricity. Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a Gujarat-based potter, makes his natural MittiCool refrigerator to provide an alternative for people in rural areas who can’t afford conventional refrigerators.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

by , 08/08/14

Summer may be on the decline up here in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean that your world will be flower-less until next spring. There are many species that bloom right through autumn, and even into winter, depending on which planting zone you’re in. Planting flowers that pop up in early Spring are ideal for giving pollinators some vital nourishment when they wake from their wintery slumber, and fresh flowers have also been known to help fend off seasonal affective disorder, aka the “winter blues”. This color calendar offers solid information about when to plant some of the most popular (and most beautiful) blooms around, so take a look and see which might be right for your garden.

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Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

by , 08/08/14

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

by , 08/08/14
filed under: Animals, Art, News

The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn’t even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Moving Ghost Town features three African Sulcata tortoises roaming around a rooftop enclosure, each with two iPads affixed to its shell. The gadgets display video footage of local ghost towns. The AAM claims the artwork is “cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history,” but animal rights activists have slammed it as outright animal abuse. What do you think?

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Dreadful Mining Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Water in Canada

by , 08/08/14

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About 300 people in rural British Columbia, Canada are without drinking water right now after the tailings pond at a nearby mine breached, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into the environment. When the tailings pond at the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine near Quesnel, B.C. breached earlier this week, it sent the equivalent of 1.3 billion gallons (the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic pools) of slurry containing mining byproducts and chemicals including arsenic, mercury and sulphur down through the mountains and into local water systems – forcing a water ban for 300 people living nearby. That number could rise as further-reaching implications of the spill are uncovered.

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

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VIDEO: See How This Architect Maximized His 78-sq-ft Shoebox Apartment in NYC

by , 08/08/14
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6 Fun Floating Bars and Restaurants to Check Out This Summer

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

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JDS Architects' Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

by , 08/07/14

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When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major contributor to the city’s crippling smog problem. However some environmentalists are worried that the alternative could actually increase smog in the city.

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Amazing Thai House is an Indoor Playground for Kids and Adults Alike

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

by , 08/07/14

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

by , 08/07/14
filed under: green technology, News

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There’s no butts about it – scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to transform the nasty butts that litter sidewalks all over the world into a material comparable to graphene or carbon nanotubes. If the process is perfected, the material could store energy more effectively than its graphene counterpart.

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From…

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed…

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Vina's Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

Vina's Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

With a desire to create her ideal home based on the principles of simplicity and sustainability, Lustado created the tiny house as a personal project with a budget of $35,000. With the…

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Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Nearly every urban cyclist has had to contend with tire detritus at some point. If you're a city-dwelling bicycle aficionado, you likely know it well: the inevitable sand, mud, and…

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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…

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…

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US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season

US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months…

While wildfires in the West are burning through the forests at a rapid pace, the U.S. Government is likewise burning through the money in a hurry trying to fight them. This week…

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