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Dutch designers convert algae into bioplastic for 3D printing

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace synthetic …

The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.<p>Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being …

Renewable Energy

An artist found this branch lying on the side of the road, and made it into shelves

You never know where you’ll be when inspiration hits. For artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz, this happened when he was walking down a street in …

Inspiration

benjamin graindorge reveals fallen tree as sculptural bench for YMER&MALTA

apr 30, 2018<p>the staircase unfurls at the 1st-floor level, as if reuniting with its vast family of arboreal brethren in green park opposite.<p>the …

This Tractor Beam Uses Holograms Made Of Sound To Move Objects

You can now lock on to (very small) targets<p>Every day it seems like <i>Star Trek</i> is looking more like actual science than science fiction. We're working on holographic doctors, transporter beams, and tricorders--and intelligent sliding doors are now a reality.<p>But what about the real-world status of the …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Where are the world's ants? First ever map detailing 15,000 species launched

The world’s first ever ant map showing the distribution of the tiny industrious creatures around the globe was launched on Thursday by the University of Hong Kong in a bid to shed more light on the insect world.<p>The colourful interactive online map which took four years to complete, displays the …

Asia Pacific

Gorgeous Macro Photos Detail the Beauty of Alien-Like Carnivorous Plants

Through macro photography, Joni Niemel is able to capture the minuscule beauty of things that we might normally miss. The Finnish photographer has recently turned an eye towards the carnivorous plant Drosera, which is more commonly known as a “Sundew” – a moniker referring to the droplets that …

Scientists Are Making Music with Slime Mold and Whale Songs

Experimental biomusic takes center stage at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Plymouth, UK.<p>Down on the southwest coast of England, the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Run in collaboration with Plymouth University and the …

Can meat actually be eco-friendly?

Should we eat meat? That’s the big question, which — for this series — I’m asking three different ways: in terms of environmental sustainability, …

Agriculture

Lovely is the Fitbit for your sex life

Gallery: Lovely is the Fitbit for your sex life<p>Gallery: Lovely is the Fitbit for your sex life<p>+ 4<p>+ 3<p>+ 2<p>Sex can be one of the best cardio workouts you …

Fitness Technology

Flaming Barrels

Jamie O’Brien, on fire in Tahiti. Photo: Collins<p>Part surfer, part stuntman, Jamie O’Brien never fails to come up with new and terrifying ways to …

Aquatic Sports

Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

The GIF works of Nicolas Monterrat, who uses vintage photographs as a base for his unsettling, trippy, subtle little animations.<p>[thisiscollosal via …

NBA Finals Game 3 Puts 3D Projection Tech On The Court In Cleveland

Fans will be treated to one of the weirder spectacles in recent pro-sports history<p>If scoring tickets to the NBA finals isn’t enough of a thrill, fans of both Cleveland and Golden State will witness one of the weirder spectacles in professional sports tonight at the at the Quicken Loans Arena.<p>A …

This designer doesn't make furniture, he grows it

On a farm in England, Gavin Munro trains trees into beautiful and functional shapes.<p>Everyone knows that planting a tree is good for the environment, …

Prototypes

Photographer Continues to Capture the Visual Diversity of Rare Fungi

About a year ago, we marveled at the unique fungi that Australian photographer Steve Axford captured with his camera. And lucky for us, it looks like the New South Wales resident has discovered even more gorgeous and diverse species to share. These definitely aren't your typical mushrooms–many are …

Photography

Solar Powered Floating Eco Home On The Water Is Nearly 100 Percent Recycleable

• Home<br>• ><br>• Home Stylings<br>• ><br>• Solar Powered Floating Eco Home On The Water Is Nearly 100 Percent Recycleable<p>posted 3 years ago<br>Categories: Home Stylings<p>With …

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff, Dissolves Into Nothing

At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and …

Robots can now hurdle, self-destruct and catch tiny flies

Gallery: Robots can now hurdle, self-destruct and catch tiny flies<p>Gallery: Robots can now hurdle, self-destruct and catch tiny flies<p>+ 5<p>+ 4<p>+ 3<p>Three …

Robotics

6 reasons Ubernomics could be fatal to itself, its customers, and mass transit

Each time Uber angers customers with another surge pricing incident, or angers a city by ignoring its laws, an army of fans jump to its defense (as …

Staten Island

Ants' movements hide mathematical patterns

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been …

Biology

For a Biologist-Turned-Photographer, a Beehive Becomes a Living Lab

You’ve heard about immersion therapy—but what about immersion photography? When Anand Varma was asked to photograph a story on honeybees for <i>National Geographic</i> magazine, he knew he was going to have to take a different approach to capture new views of one of the world’s most photographed insects.<p>As …

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Visually Stunning Nature Footage Edit Set to “Hello Tomorrow” by Karen O | Colossal

<p>Hey, Happy Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than watching remarkable footage of wildly random creepy crawly things in slow motion set to <i>Hello</i> …

See 50 Years of David Bowie's Hairstyles in 5 Seconds

World Cup<p>The least red-white-and-blue (if you don’t count Russia!) major sporting event in our time will be the most chaotic, entertaining, and …

Black Sunrise - Burning Man Sunrise 2014

What We Don't Know About What's Going on With Bugs Should Worry Us

A big drop-off in invertebrate populations could spell trouble for cities, where the important roles that insects play are still poorly understood.<p>Amy Savage recently conducted an experiment in Manhattan. Savage is a postdoctoral scholar at North Carolina State University; she was investigating the …

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to …

Amazing video: Extreme surfers in the Arctic | CNN Travel

Original Unverpackt: Germany's First Zero-Waste Supermarket

Germany unveiled the country’s very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin’s Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena …

Zero Waste