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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

 

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When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even bothered to go there, and the Hamadryas baboon is the first. With a magnificent white mane, scarlet face, and bizarrely complex social system, he was a sacred muse of the ancient Egyptians; in the afterlife, it fell upon his regal mantle to devour the souls of the dead that were deemed “unrighteous”—serious stuff! The other primate is us. Both are supreme collaborators, and wherever resources are scarce and unpredictable, the most successful creatures are those who work as a team. That type of collaboration is the skill that we’re going to explore in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual!

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10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

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Although winter isn’t officially here yet, the biting winds and snowfall are inspiring many of us to order hot lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at our favorite cafes. All over the northern hemisphere, folks are wrapping chilled fingers around warm mugs to sip at the deliciousness therein. Whether you’re aiming to be more budget-friendly or would just rather make your own drinks at home, you can whip up some fabulous, delicious vegan sip-ables with just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stove top.

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Beyond Extreme Energy: Protesting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in DC

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It’s cold outside. I forgot my gloves and now it’s time to go. The arrestees practice outside the church, locking themselves into their lockboxes, as I pretend a nearby flowering plant is a security guard. I’m the distraction and I need to give them at least 30 seconds or it won’t work. After practicing the scenario, we get into our cars and head to the parking garage to try it for real. We’re about to join a huge protest, and things could get intense.

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DIY: A Cordial Event – How to Make Your Own Flavored Liqueurs at Home

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‘Tis the season for celebration, and luscious libations will be popping on on everyone’s tables from Thanksgiving ’til Valentine’s day. This is the time of year when specialty liqueurs get special attention, and you can make your own variations by infusing fruit into alcohol to make fruit cordials to share with family and friends. All you need is fruit (fresh or frozen), an alcohol such as vodka, brandy, rum, or whiskey, and a bit of patience. These need a few weeks to cure, so if you start a batch this weekend, it’ll be ready for the holidays!

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

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Homemade gifts are always appreciated by recipients, and food gifts are as much fun to give as they are to make. Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to artichoke hearts, keep those jars so you can fill them with homemade epicurian delights and share them with your nearest and dearest. Here are 10 fabulous recipes for edible vegan gifts that will please any palate, plus suggestions on how to decorate those upcycled jars before giving them away!

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I Drove Toyota's Mirai Future Car to a Sewage Plant and Filled it With Poo Power

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Toyota Unveils Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle With 300-Mile Range; Can it Kick-Start a Hydrogen Revolution?

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A few months ago we gave you a hands-on first look at Toyota’s upcoming fuel cell vehicle – and yesterday the automaker pulled out all the stops and unveiled the car’s official name, performance specs, interior, and pricing for the first time. The Toyota Mirai can travel 300 miles on a single tank of compressed hydrogen, it has 153 horsepower with 247 lb-ft of torque, and it can go from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds. The hydrogen car will be available in California in fall 2015 for under $45,000 after incentives, and it’s coming to the East Cost shortly thereafter. But the automaker is promising much more than a sleekly styled zero emission vehicle; Mirai translates to “the future” in Japanese, and Toyota’s goal is to pave the way to a hydrogen-based society. Read on for everything you need to know about the company’s first production fuel cell vehicle.

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

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A Banana Takes the Ferry

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

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Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with this Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a variety of items – from chandeliers to sculptures to tea sets to door knockers – and his handmade Vader sculpture is made of everything but the kitchen sink (including two recycled spoons for the eyes and an entire helmet of decorative ornaments). If you’re impressed with Bellino’s Star Wars tribute, check out his online portfolio for a look at his other creations – which include a chrome skull, a lamp made of out forks and spoons, and even a model of the Statue of Liberty!

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