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The Best Camping and Hiking Gear You Can Find on Amazon

We rounded up Amazon shoppers’ favorite outdoor gear — from tents to backpacks to bug spray.<p>When you need a break from everyday life, there's no …

Camping

The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables.<p>The latest example of how one of …

Renewable Energy

The first step to better grilled cheese is losing the butter. Trust us

Grilled cheese, is it ever <i>really</i> the wrong choice? No, it is not. Is your version the best it can be? Are you sure? A swipe of mayonnaise is a surefire way to up your grilled cheese game.<p>What? Yes. I learned this trick by watching the Gabrielle Hamilton season of <i>Mind of a Chef</i>. If the food-bro …

Cooking

Light-filled family home embraces a British Islands’ native landscape

When DLM Architects was asked to create an energy-efficient and sustainable family home in St Peter Port of Guernsey, the site’s dense vegetation …

Architecture

California valley cabin is a dreamy weekend escape unplugged from the grid

When the Baird family sought a weekend escape from the city, they asked Malcolm Davis Architecture to design a second home that would immerse them in …

Design

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But a new breakthrough at MIT enables researchers to spool out …

Nanotech

Miracle moss removes arsenic from drinking water

<b>The aquatic moss clears 80 percent of arsenic from a container of water in less than an hour.</b><p>While it's not the responsibility of plants to clean up …

World Health Organization

How to Build a Mini Supercomputer for Under $100

Wei Lin built a scalable computing cluster comprised of $7 chips.<p>Supercomputers are used by governments and research institutions around the world to solve some of science’s most complex problems, such as hurricane forecasting and modeling atomic weapons. In most cases, a supercomputer is actually …

Raspberry Pi

Banshu Hamano Knife

The Banshu region in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan has a history of blacksmithing that dates back centuries. This Banshu Hamano Knife continues the …

Japan

A Pocket Knife that Works like Panther-claws

The way Caswell’s Morphing Karambit knife opens and closes is a thing of sheer beauty. It uses a parallel motion linkage, as opposed to a …

Industrial Design

Roland Kiyola Piano

Roland, renown manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, have reinvented the piano as a beautiful piece of modern furniture. The Roland Kiyola …

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Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) aren't true lilies, but their striking blooms resemble lilies. Most daylily varieties thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 3 through 9, but some are more sensitive to cold weather. With more than 35,000 varieties of daylilies to choose from, there …

Gardening

Vollebak Ocean Shorts

Could these be the most high-performance pair of shorts ever built? Vollebak have introduced the Ocean Shorts, constructed with a single bonded seam …

Mountain Biking

Paris to turn a third of its green space into urban farms

<b>(CNN) —</b> France's famously beautiful capital is not a place you'd expect to find chickens, beehives and rows of neatly planted cabbages -- but urban farming is flourishing in Paris.<p>It all started when the city's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, who was elected in 2014, declared her intention to make Paris a …

Urban Agriculture

133,000 Flee Besieged Syrian Towns in Eastern Ghouta, U.N. Says

GENEVA — More than 133,000 people have fled a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the face of the government’s military onslaught, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, as the United States and its allies weighed how to respond to a suspected chemical attack there.<p>The exodus …

Middle East

Who controls what parts of Syria

This map shows which groups dominate different parts of Syria, including the areas controlled by the Syrian government and the areas held by …

Middle East

Celebrity Farmer: Meet Jean-Martin Fortier, Canada’s ‘Six Figure’ Organic Micro-Gardener

If you’ve not already heard of Jean-Martin Fortier, allow us to introduce you to a rising star, the Canadian organic farmer whose notion of …

Farming

Trout Lake House

Posted on a 40-acre plot running along the banks of the White Salmon River, the Trout Lake House takes inspiration from local farm buildings. The …

Architecture

These 10 Invasive Plant Species Are Surprisingly Delicious

If any of these weeds are proving a nuisance in your farm or garden, the solution might just be simpler than you think<p>Time was, the only place you …

Gardening

Bathroom hand-dryers suck in poo-particles and aerosolize them all over you and everything else

A new study in <i>Applied and Environmental Microbiology</i> (Sci-Hub mirror) conducted microbial surveys of the bathrooms at the University of Connecticut …

Microbiology

A New, Affordable Green Home Comes to an Australian Eco-Village

Adapted for the Australian climate, the eco-friendly, low-maintenance CORE 9 house starts at $192,000.<p>CORE is an acronym that stands for carbon positive, zero waste, recyclability, and economics. As such, the home relies on passive solar design and renewable energy sources, and uses materials that …

Carbon Emissions

Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier Knife

Issued to the Swiss Army at basic training, the fourth generation of the classic knife — first introduced in the 1890s — is a versatile, dependable …

Swiss Army Knives

Barebones Hori Hori Garden Knife

Inspired by vintage Japanese knives, the Barebones Hori Hori is a hybrid garden utensil that's equipped with a heat-treated stainless steel blade …

Knives

3D realtime map of objects in Earth orbit

stuffin.space is a real-time 3D map of all the crap floating in circles around planet Earth, much of it put there by us.<p>The website updates daily …

JavaScript

HideMyAss! VPN does exactly what its name implies

In an age where net neutrality is far from a guarantee, VPNs have become a staple for users looking to make sure their online activity stays private. …

Information Systems

Watch how to turn obsidian into a razor-sharp blade

Andy from How To Make Everything went out in the Utah desert, gathered up volcanic glass, then through trial and error learned how to make an …

Archaeology

Best hangnail clippers

I keep this Tweezerman Mini Hangnail Nipper in my desk drawer and take it with me when I travel. Having a hangnail really bugs me, and this nipper …

Travel

These amazing, affordable modern shepherd huts can be moved wherever you want

Whether you need an extra room, a secluded office space or simply a place to relax and enjoy nature, this mobile, contemporary version of a …

Amazing

Crop Rotation Technique #1: Rotating Plant Families

comments (1) September 21st, 2012<p><b>Chris McLaughlin</b>, contributor<p>20 users recommend<p>Photo by Kinwart under the Creative Commons Attribution License …

Gardening

Urban Heat: Can White Roofs Help Cool World's Warming Cities?

Summers in the city can be extremely hot — several degrees hotter than in the surrounding countryside. But recent research indicates that it may not …

Climate Change