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Unlocking the secrets of a cancer-fighting flower

A chemical extracted from a small flowering plant has helped in the fight against cancer for decades. Now, after a 60-year hunt, scientists have …

Immune System

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Polyethyleneterephthalate

Hay Bale gardening: no weeds, no fertilizers and less watering!! What a simple but amazing concept!!

The strawberry industry is about to change forever

<b>California's dominant strawberry market cannot survive without toxic soil fumigants, which have been recently banned.</b><p>Every year the Environmental …

University of California

Small-Scale Trout Farming - Sustainable Farming

When most people think of farming, visions of fields of corn or pastures dotted with contented cows probably come to mind. And when those same folks …

Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter

Tents, sun shades, and canopies could generate renewable energy with Norway-based Tarpon Solar‘s photovoltaic canvas. The company’s flexible …

These 10 Brands Are Killing It on the Fabric-Innovation Front

Despite those Raf Simons lab coats, science and fashion rarely cross paths. One is driven by the search for rational progress; the other, by a …

UT grad creates 'Texas modern' house design that doesn't need paint, shingles or electricity

Jimmy Tanghongs doesn't want his homebuyers to ever have to paint their houses, fix the roofs or pay an electric bill.<p>The independent builder is …

Now Anyone Can Build Ikea’s Experimental Garden

A few months ago, Ikea’s innovation lab Space10 released a garden structure called the Growroom. Aimed for neighborhood use by city dwellers who don’t have backyards, the spherical wooden planter is meant to be a way to grow food locally and sustainably.<p>On Friday, Space10 published the entire set …

Brick Houses That Form A Bridge Between Past And Present

Exposed bricks are making a big comeback lately but not so long ago brick houses and buildings were perceived as being old, outdated and in immediate …

20 Desert Homes

The desert, a wilderness of rock and hardscrabble, has had a profound impact on human culture, design and our collective imagination.<p>Architects and designers have imposed and expressed their creativity on these beautiful landscapes. The following homes are fine examples of desert architecture.

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

Traditional Japanese carpentry, whether used to build a dinner table or the entire house containing it, doesn't use screws, nails, adhesives, or any …

Carpentry

10 Necessary Tips for Baking Simple Bread at Home

Master baker Uri Scheft explains what breads to start with, his yeast preference, and why you might want to start meditating.<p>No disrespect to that loaf you just bought at the supermarket, but once you learn to make bread at home, your life will change. It's a task that may seem daunting. Kneading. …

Baking

How organic farming will save us all – if we can throw away our antiquated notions of what it means

If there is a stereotype of the organic farmer it’s that they spend their days wrapped in droopy clothes made of hemp and burlap, becoming one with …

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Facebook Advertising

What works today may not work tomorrow.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Facebook ads are one of the trendiest online advertising tools because of their wide reach and relatively low cost. However, right when people believe they have figured it out, Facebook is going to …

How Elon Musk's brother Kimbal Musk is disrupting farming with 'food revolution'

In early November, Musk and fellow entrepreneur Tobias Peggs launched Square Roots, an urban farming incubator program in Brooklyn, New York.<p>The …

This timber kindergarten is embedded into the hills of a small Northern Italian village

Austrian architects feld72 to have unveiled a stunning timber-clad kindergarten building located in the small village of Valdaora di Sotto in South …

Here's how to properly plant a fruit tree in clay soil

<b>Question:</b> I just read an article about planting trees. We will be planting a fruit tree soon. The soil in our yard is orange clay. Should we replace …

Off-grid village with game-changing green solutions blooms in the Middle East

An oasis for clean-tech solutions has bloomed in an unexpected place—the arid Negev desert. Located at Israel’s Kibbutz Ketura north of the Red Sea, …

Mod Men

Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft, who says, “I can’t get over what they’ve done—–it’s unbelievable.”<p>In 1957, Arthur Witthoefft was overseeing the construction of his new …

Algorithms 'could wipe out the global economy', experts fear

Used in almost every industry, algorithms have transformed the way we work - but they have the capacity to do immense damage.<p>Experts have called on …

How to Make Tomato Sauce in the Crockpot

Enjoy homemade tomato sauce without all the work. This crockpot recipe requires no peeling, seeding or coring, and tastes better than anything you …

By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Eighteen years ago, on New Year's Eve, David Fisher visited an old farm in western Massachusetts, near the small town of Conway. No one was farming there at the time, and that's what had drawn Fisher to the place. He was scouting for farmland.<p>"I remember walking out [to the fallow fields] at some …

Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people

Two acres of land is enough to farm a sustainable food supply for as many as 150 people, and now a San Francisco startup is making it even easier to …

Sustainability

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

A San Francisco Startup Puts Everything You Need for a Two-Acre Farm in a Shipping Container

It all started with shipping containers. Brandi DeCarli and Scott Thompson were working in Kisumu, Kenya on a youth center meant to provide basic …

How “open source” seed producers from the US to India are changing global food production

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton’s work was limited only by his imagination …

Refreshed Take on the Gable Shines in Austin’s Building Boom

Toying with a conventional form, an architect designs a modern house meant for alfresco entertaining.<p>Amid nondescript bungalows, countless construction sites bearing boxy building frames have come to characterize Austin. The census estimated it to be the fastest growing U.S. city from 2010 to 2013, …

Schopenhauer: On Reading and Books

One of the most timeless and beautiful meditations on reading comes from the 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.Finding time to read …

Tamil Nadu’s gorgeous beaches, temples and tea plantations

Tamil Nadu has sweeping beaches, the world’s greatest collection of ancient temples, pretty tea plantations… and remarkably few British tourists<p>How many people can you get on a motorbike? How many letters in a word? How many dishes in a meal? The answer, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, seems …