The Sprout Hog Is a Cute and Fun Way to Get Kids to Grow Plants

December 31, 2012 by  
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Check out this little Sprout Hog  – an earthenware sculpture made for growing sprouts for small people. Simply place a piece of old washcloth or similar fabric in the bottom of the hog, sprinkle some sprouting seeds of your choice, and then have your child water 2 to 3 times daily depending on the humidity of your location. These homegrown sprouts will be considerably fresher and tastier than the ones you will find in the store. + Sprout Hog The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal shaped pots , earthenware put , earthenware sculpture , growing sprouts at home , homegrown sprouts , sprout hog , sprout pot

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Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney

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As cities all over the world begin to reinvent their sustainable means of transportation, Sydney, Australia is getting on the bandwagon with the help of HASSELL , Arup and Aurecon . The New South Wales Government has dedicated a light rail system from Randwick and Kingsford through the CBD to Circular Quay. This $1.6 billion, 12 kilometer project will help reduce urban congestion and will reclaim a number of streets for pedestrians within these populated neighborhoods. Read the rest of Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arup , australia , green , hassell , light rail , new south wales , NSW Government , pedestrian , public transportation , Sustainable , sydney

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

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Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars , but it’s not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct , a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed a driverless electric shuttle designed for use in pedestrian-heavy areas such as airport parking lots, shopping malls, business parks and universities. Called “ Navia “, the shuttle can provide an on-demand, planet-friendly transportation in areas that existing vehicles cannot reach. Read the rest of Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: driverless vehicle , electric vehicle , green transportation , Induct , mobility , Navia , urban areas , wireless charging

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Gabriel Dishaw’s Nerdy-Chic Darth Vader Mask is Made from Antique Typewriters

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Is there any story more sacred to geekdom than the Star Wars saga? If you always secretly wanted to be Luke or Princess Leia, have we got a piece of upcycled art for you. Etsy artist Gabriel Dishaw knows what it feels like to spend childhood longing for a light saber, so it’s no surprise that his passion for Star Wars would carry over into his adult life. He likes to make artistic items from upcycled materials ; bits and pieces of things that might otherwise have been thrown away. Most recently, he turned found objects from typewriters, adding machines and old computers, into a Darth Vader helmet that has our midichlorians all aflutter. Read the rest of Gabriel Dishaw’s Nerdy-Chic Darth Vader Mask is Made from Antique Typewriters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , darth vader , etsy , Gabriel Dishaw , geek art , Recycled Materials , sculpture , star wars , upcycled art

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

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Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government incentive subsidy awards roughly 2.2 cents for every kilowatt hour produced over the next ten years, and it has spurred the construction of new wind power plants across the states. Read the rest of Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , federal tax credit wind power , green design , new wind turbine construction , renewable energy , sustainable design , wind energy

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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

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Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change . Many of the world’s most famous tech giants, such as Facebook , Oracle, Google , Intel, and LinkedIn are at risk of flooding due to rising seas. A recent piece by Scientific American’s ClimateWire detailed the risks that companies face from global warming. Many areas of Silicon Valley are below sea level and close to the water, and a number facilities are vulnerable to fluctuating coastlines. Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose and the iconic Highway 1 could all be subject to massive flooding in the near future. Despite the threat of soggy facilities, Silicon Valley’s biggest names have been mostly silent as to plans of how to deal with the rising Pacific. Read the rest of Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Climate Change , climatewire , Facebook , global warming , Google , highway 1 , intel , internet , LinkedIn , mike mielke , oracle , Pacific , palo alto , san francisco bay , san jose , santa clara , scientific american , sea level rise , sen dianne feinstein , silicon valley , silicon valley leadership group , sunnyvale , valley of heart’s delight

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XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

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We’ve shared lots of great ways to compost, recycle or reuse your old Christmas tree – but blasting it off into space never crossed our mind. Two DIY ’ers have decided to “reuse” their Christmas tree by turning it into a rocket and launching it skyward. The already shedding tree was sent 120 feet into the air, revealing its unexpected aerodynamic properties. Read the rest of XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christmas tree recycling , Christmas tree reuse , Christmas Tree Rocketry , holiday recycling , Rocket Christmas Tree , rocket-powered Christmas tree , XMS MissileToe

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

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Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

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Visiting a city or live in a place that doesn’t have a bike share program yet? Don’t fret – Liquid is a new peer-to-peer bike rental marketplace that makes it easy to borrow a bike from individuals or bike rental shops. Like other peer-to-peer networks, Liquid isn’t just a place to conduct bike rental transactions – it’s also a great way to meet people that share your passion for cycling. Read the rest of Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike rentals , liquid , liquid marketplace , listing your bike for rent , meeting people who love bicycles , peer to peer bike rental , reviews on liquid , spinlister

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Michael McGillis Creates a Striking Walkway of Purple Logs in Franconia Sculpture Park

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Michael McGillis created this timeless log sculpture ‘Wake,’ which was a big success when it was completed in 2006. McGillis created a walkway using a long log-built structure in Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota. With the ends painted purple and facing inwards to the visitors, McGillis constructed 95 feet of log fencing that combined natural wood and the starkly contrasting purple or a dramatic effect. + Michael McGillis Images courtesy of Michael McGillis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: franconia sculpture park , green design , log sculpture , michael mcgillis , natural artwork , sustainable artwork

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