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News: trend forecaster Li Edelkoort has published her Anti_Fashion manifesto, outlining why she believes the fashion industry "is going to …Clothing
Organized Crime Threat to Wild Species on the Increase, Says UN on Wildlife Day di, mrt 3, 2015
UN General Assembly Marks the Day with Special …Wildlife
There are no elephants or rhino to kill in Europe, but birds are being hunted with impunity because of loopholes and inconsistencies in conservation laws
Reports of elephants and rhino being massacred for their tusks or horns due to demand in Asia often make the headlines.
But illegal activities are …Animals
Peacock tails are one of the most beautiful sights in the animal kingdom. But they're not just pretty to look at. The birds also use their huge tails …Animal Kingdom
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]A step beyond flip-down beds and foldaway furniture, this series of modular rooms packs whole …Furniture
Patterns in when and how much plants grow have changed markedly over the past 30 years, scientists report March 2 in Nature Climate Change.
The Global Seed Vault on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean has added the first forest tree samples to its collection -- Norway spruce and Scots pine.
The vault was established in 2008, and stores more than 840,000 varieties of seed from across the world -- just over half of the total …Seeds
Today’s “Museum Monday” video shows how museums are central to the process of shedding new light upon the relationships within the avian Tree of Life.
“If you’ve seen one little brown bird, you’ve seen them all.”
As any beginning bird watcher can tell you, many bird species tend to look alike, even …Biology
For African elephants, baggy skin keeps them cool in the hot sun.
When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it's inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: "What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?" (See National …Animals
NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America.
On Earth, there couldn't be a bigger difference between the Amazon rainforest and the African Sahara. The latter is a brown streak of wasteland; the former, green and teeming with life. Polar opposites …NASA
Who brought a bathing suit?
Nobody wants to go sunbathing on a Toronto beach in winter, but what if the beaches could be enjoyed even when it’s cold? What if those desolate lifeguard stations were repurposed to keep people warm?
Winter Stations is an international contest organized by RAW design, …Igloo
Want a world without wires? Ikea wants to make that dream come true, too.
Ikea is adding wireless charging to its furniture, with a new line of lamps, bedside tables, and desks.
Now, unless you’re a tech geek, you might not even realize that we have the technology to charge a phone simply by placing …IKEA
Instead of the typical coffin burial, Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel developed an eco-friendly alternative. It’s called Capsula Mundi, and it uses egg-shaped pods that hold a deceased human body for burial. Each capsule will turn into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of the …Trees
Fire coral. (Image Credit: WikiMedia Commons)
Researchers from the University of Southampton and New York University Abu Dhabi have discovered a …Climate Change
Brain power is not comparative and problems arise whenever we attempt to quantify it.
My dog Maebe gets very excited whenever my roommate comes home. Due to her heightened sense of smell, she starts her happy dance 30 seconds before the door actually opens, giving me time to sneak the bag of chips …Intelligence
Lakes and ponds might look nice, but the cold of winter just elevates them to another dimension. As you might have seen in our previous post, …Water
Female bluebirds can produce more or less competitive sons by influencing the amounts of hormones in their eggs, say biologists.“Mothers are uniquely …Biology
The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes …Architecture
Squeeze on public facilities behind scheme to turn private spaces into ‘parks’
Open gardens usually conjure up images of older, well-to-do people admiring each others’ chrysanthemums. But now, with a shortage of public space in cities, overcrowded parks and young people increasingly living in rented …Gardening
Without plants and animals, our lives would not be possible. Oxygen, clean water and soil, and our earliest tools, food, and clothing came from flora and fauna. Even our fossil fuels are the result of Paleozoic Era ecosystems that captured the sun's energy-the same energy that we are now using …Animals
The project of this tuba-tunnel, hidden behind trees in the forest of Bergen’s most famous mountain, is the result of a design-build workshop at …
Dr. Margot Krasojević unveiled designs for a futuristic hydroelectric house in Llandudno, Cape Town.Electricity
Vienna-based Mischer'traxler based their wonderful collection Reversed Volumes on capturing vegetables and fruits imprints into functional …Vegetables
Please contact LivingSocial and politely ask the company to cancel its Ringling ticket deal and to agree never to promote Ringling again.Animal Abuse
"Role Models Not Runway Models" is the maxim of Carrie Hammer, a virtually unknown designer of women's business wear, who made global headlines a few weeks ago when she cast actress Jamie Brewer, who has Down's Syndrome, to walk in her autumn/winter 15 show in New York. A year ago, she cast sexual …Diversity