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Ecologically Smart Cities: Keeping Urban Ecosystems Centre Stage in India’s Smart Cities Programme

On a path of accelerated urbanization, India is going through substantial changes in its land cover and land use. In 1950, shortly after Indian …

Urban Ecology

One Luminous Dot - Teresa van Dongen

Where Coyotes Are Thriving in Los Angeles

A pilot study from the National Park Service shows that these urban animals can and do make their homes downtown.

Residents of Los Angeles are well aware they share their city with coyotes. But where exactly do those coyotes make their homes? As it turns out, some live pretty darn close to downtown, …

Los Angeles

Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids' operations

Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from life-threatening blood vessel malformation in …


First UN Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking Historic Step Forward, Chief of UN Environment Programme Says

First UN Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking Historic Step Forward, Chief of UN Environment Programme Says Fri, Jul 31, 2015

In calling for wildlife …

Animal Behavior

Lovelorn Zoo Monkey Disables Electric Fence (Repeatedly) To Reunite With Her Mate

Like some heart-wrenching Shakespearian drama set in the stark confines of captivity, one lonely female monkey at a UK zoo has shown remarkable …


“the architecture of #nature / the nature of #architecture”

Color Palettes from Nature

I’ve been working on a project for a client that involves looking at a lot of photos of birds (really, I never thought I’d be one of those animal …


Here Are 5 Animals We Drove To Extinction In The Last 5 Years

Species extinction is nothing new. A process that has been occurring since the beginning of time, animal extinctions are something we have grown used …


3D Weaving Blurs the Lines Between Fashion and Sculpture

All images courtesy the desinger

If 2014 was the year of the 3D-printed whatever, maybe 2015 will be the year of hybridizing 3D printing with traditional modes of manufacturing and production. Jim Chen-Hsiang Hu, a graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London who recently …


Golden jackal: A new wolf species hiding in plain view

The Canid family -- wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes, domestic dogs and others -- are so familiar to us, and have been so intensively studied for so long that you might think that we know almost everything there is to know about them. But a paper published today in Current Biology belies that …

Life Sciences

CydeKick Mobile USB Charger: The Spinetics-made device converts bicycle wheel rotations into power

by Emily Bihl

With the season of summer Fridays already underway in the northern hemisphere, commuters and hobbyists alike are moving their bikes out of storage and into heavy rotation. While cycling provides a pleasant respite from sitting at a desk, sometimes the desire to recharge our minds …


Made with Creative Commons: A book on open business models

"Open" = the digital commons, collaboration, transparency, community.

Some people want you to believe there is a conflict between Open and Business. …

Tapping Our Ultimate Creative Commons: How Diversity Catalyzes Innovation and Unlocks Regenerative Value

Image from Shutterstock: Mixed diatoms from a small creek, magnification 400X.

By Tamsin Woolley-Barker, PhD

Life’s genome is a vast repository of …


Meet the Designer Giving 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands to Kids—for Free

Images courtesy the artists

Autodesk Pier 9 resident, engineer Andreas Bastain, is changing the lives of children forever. With the help of nonprofit organization, e-NABLE, Bastain has designed affordable (under $100) 3D-printed prosthetic hands and is now giving them away to children, for free.

In …


Welcome to Asking Nature

Inspired ideas from the forefront of nature-inspired design

by Erin Connelly, Manager, Communications, Biomimicry Institute

There’s never been a better …


Agency Creates Cute, Tiny Road Signs Specially For Animals In The City

Creative marketing and communications agency Clinic212 has created a collection of cute miniature road signs, all located in Vilnius, Lithuania, to …


Life with the lions: revisited | University of Oxford

The killing of Cecil the lion has captured the public's imagination: he was one of the lions fitted with a GPS collar as part of Oxford University …


Drones locate endangered chimpanzees

For the last few years, drones have taken to the front lines of conservation efforts around the world. They're being used to monitor animal species …


Jane Birkin wants her name off this $22,000 bag

Actress and singer Jane Birkin, the namesake of the $22,000 Birkin Croco bag has requested her name no longer be associated with this bag. Birkin released a statement saying "I have asked Hermès to rename the Birkin Croco until they adopt better practices that meet international standards for the …

Jane Birkin

Protect deep ocean wildlife

Deep sea ecosystems are some of the most biodiverse on the planet.

They also provide us with food and store huge quantities of carbon, which helps to …


These living algae lamps produce light, heat, and a protein-packed snack Living Things exhibit is currently installed at The Mattress Factory, an extension of the Museum of Contemporary Art …

Marine Biology

Tiny Robot Runs Across Water, Jumps 14 Times Its Own Height

The world's first robot that jumps from the surface of water has been developed by a team of Korean roboticists and engineers.

​The creature appears to be impossibly floating across the surface of water when, suddenly, it whips its four hair-thin legs toward its belly in one smooth sweep and rockets …


Your first look at Melissa McCarthy’s fun, empowering clothing line

Melissa McCarthy can finally stop teasing us now that we have the first look at her clothing line.

After announcing her “Melissa McCarthy Seven7” line last November, we now know the collection will contain about 80 pieces from sizes 4 to 28, and items top off at $159. It will be displayed on HSN on …


Topshop ditches unrealistically thin mannequin after slating from customer

Topshop has said it is halting new orders of an unrealistically tall and thin mannequin after a customer complained that it was “ridiculously shaped”.

Laura Berry addressed the company directly on Facebook, accusing it of encouraging young women to aspire to a “cult image”.

Berry took a photograph of …


Artist uses billboards to make a pitch for nature

The goal, assuredly achieved, was “to provide a moment of temporary relief and unexpected beauty during the daily grind of commuting.”

The billboards …


Link About It: Inventors Create a Salt-Water Powered Lamp

A team of Philippines-based inventors has created a lamp that runs solely off of salt water. Taking advantage of the same science behind battery-making, the innovative lamp is able to safely and reliably convert water’s salinity into energy, powering the device for up to eight hours off of a single …

The Most Strangely Beautiful Birds' Nests In The World

When you think of a bird's nest, you probably picture a typical bowl-shaped structure made of twigs and leaves, right? Well, it turns out some bird …


Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit - Digital Making for Wildlife

This is it.

We're just about to approach a single hourly digit on the countdown clock, and with just under 13 hours left we're preparing to send …

Lip-reading technology promises to make hearing aids more human

The answer to why it is so difficult for hearing aids to deal with these situations is complicated. It's partly down to the limitations of …

Hearing Aids