Nature / Environment

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Photopixel / Shutterstock Scientists working on a project to slow down the relentless flooding that has swamped Jakarta since mid January say that cloud seeding is getting the job done. Usually used to

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Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

The existing building was a traditional Dutch home with a brick exterior and slate roof. Shift Architecture + Urbanism's renovation honored the history of the existing home and added a new volume

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Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Image YouTube/Андрей Борисович Королев via Slate A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on Friday morning, causing a sonic boom and injuring more than 900 people. Russia's

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Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Red and white sea slugs that roam the warm waters of Southeast Asia just may be the envy of the animal world, given their ability to discard and re-grow a penis again and again. The Chromodoris reticulata

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Birdfreeder: A Flat Pack Bird Feeder That Pops Up in a Snap

Birdfreeder: A Flat Pack Bird Feeder That Pops Up in a Snap

Birdfreeder is a contemporary bird feeder that's light as a feather and packs flat to ship. It comes smartly packed in a recyclable cardboard box, and it can be readily assembled in just a few simple

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Kate MacDowell Masterfully Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired by Nature

Kate MacDowell Masterfully Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired by Nature

Kate MacDowell and her ghostly sculptures are beautiful and somewhat haunting examinations of the human relationship with nature. Each piece is molded by hand and then hollowed. Choosing porcelain for its

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12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

It's the 21st of December 2012, the end of a Mayan calendrical epoch that spanned 144,000 days, and according to some, humanity is expected to shift into a new era of collective consciousness. To mark the

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now researchers have

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Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Instead of inviting people to come to the park and sit on plastic chairs, Shell.ter encourages a whole new association - a funky pergola tunnel that is tall enough to play under. Visitors can lean against

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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Lacking a foundation, the observation tower has a tiny footprint. This is especially appropriate for a structure designed to harness visitors' appreciation for the surrounding forest and the Vecht river.

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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World’s Longest Treetop Walkway is Shaped Like a Giant Egg!

World’s Longest Treetop Walkway is Shaped Like a Giant Egg!

The Bavarian Forest National Park bills the massive tree top walkway as "riskless adventure" since users are protected by a wooden fence and transparent nets. But for those who like a little adrenalin in

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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes

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Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Poor bees. Not only do they have problems with Colony Collapse Disorder and pollutants affecting the quality and color of their honey, they also have to worry about coming into contact with a barrage of

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Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

The Gandía Kid University was organized around and protects six existing white mulberry trees scattered around a central courtyard. All of the learning activities and workshops take place here - in this

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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Sierra Club Draws a Subway Map of America’s National Parks

Sierra Club Draws a Subway Map of America’s National Parks

The Sierra Club has created this fun map that depicts U.S. National Parks as if they were stops on a nationwide subway system. The awesome cartography depicts separate "regional" lines that host national

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Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

The four trees designed by Buehrer Wuest arch into a steel canopy topped with a geometric roof that resembles the shapes created in cell division. The greenhouse as a whole is specifically designed to

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Fray Leon House Communes with its Natural Surroundings in Santiago, Chile

Fray Leon House Communes with its Natural Surroundings in Santiago, Chile

A native Peumo tree greets the family as they access the home from the south; likewise an avocado tree is located near the interior hall windows, and an old Cypress boards the east side of the building.

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Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

The shell-like structure is called Bowooss, which, roughly translated, stands for "bionic optimized wood shells with sustainability". The pavilion's perforated design resembles a bug's shell or

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

Either end of the new building has a transforming facade made of hinged steel and glass plates that are mounted on hydraulic arms. The northern end is designed to mimic the flight of butterflies and

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Using the existing landform to their advantage, JMD Design created a series of sweet worm holes and slides, some that are quite steep, along with a 12 meter high treehouse tower that overlooks the

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Joakim Berglund’s Hurricane Tree Captures Nature’s Beauty and Terror in One Image

Joakim Berglund’s Hurricane Tree Captures Nature’s Beauty and Terror in One Image

In January 2005, a terrible hurricane-force storm swept through Sweden, felling 75,000,000 cubic meters of forest in its wake. Called Gudrun, this monster was even more destructive than the Derecho that

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Larger Than Life LEGO Animals Pop Up at Iowa’s Reiman Gardens!

Larger Than Life LEGO Animals Pop Up at Iowa’s Reiman Gardens!

Reiman Gardens is one of the largest public gardens in the state and serves as the entrance to Iowa State University and the city of Ames. The Nature Connects show is part of Reiman Gardens' 2012 Some

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The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems

The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems

Put down that cup of coffee! A new report published in Nature has revealed that one of the main causes for the destruction of natural habitats and the potential extinction of numerous species is the

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Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Designed to blend with the native grasses, the small zen-like home is nonetheless a striking feature of the dramatic landscape without being to overbearing. It is oriented to maximize views of the nearby

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Riccardo Belli’s “Grow” Tiles Provide a Nurturing Environment for Plants To Grow in the City

Riccardo Belli’s “Grow” Tiles Provide a Nurturing Environment for Plants To Grow in the City

No matter how much we build, plants always seems to find a way to sprout up through the cracks of human civilization. Inspired by the constrast between the natural world and human culture, Riccardo

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