DIY: Make your own natural cough syrup

December 10, 2016 by  
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Cough and cold season is here and if you don’t catch a cold, chances are someone you know will. When the hacking and sniffling starts, this natural cough syrup will get you back up and running in no time at all. It is kind friendly (no alcohol), contains natural antimicrobials , and will soothe your throat while fighting off the germs.    

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Lawsuit accuses Jessica Alba’s Honest Company of fraud

February 29, 2016 by  
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The Honest Company co-founded by Jessica Alba grew to prominence on a platform of providing all natural and non-toxic products. They aim to “reduce the ubiquitous presence of toxic chemicals in our…environment.” But a recent lawsuit claims they’re lying to consumers about the ingredients in 41 of their products. Read the rest of Lawsuit accuses Jessica Alba’s Honest Company of fraud

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100% solar-powered super villa makes Arab housing sustainable again

February 29, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio uses first Oscar acceptance speech to highlight climate change

February 29, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio has finally done it – he has scored an Oscar for his incredible performance in The Revenant. But instead of feeding the world the same old lines, he used this moment to highlight climate change and the people around the world whose voices have been drowned out by the “politics of greed.” Grab your tissues and hit the jump to see one of the most eloquent and important Oscars acceptance speeches of all time. Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio uses first Oscar acceptance speech to highlight climate change

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Andreco used nature as art to create this intriguing living wall

June 22, 2015 by  
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In the climate change era, the environment needs new symbols to inspire change. ?One artist is making that happen by creating artworks that focus on the relationship between humanity and nature, and between the built environment and the natural landscape. ?According to Andreco , “the objective of my research is to produce new visions, symbols and formulas, to make the invisible visible, showing the beauty of the hidden natural process as a contemporary alchemist that learns from the past.”  ?The artwork production process is mostly site specific and influenced by the local people and environment, sometimes creating a delicate balance, others times a heavy impact. The artist transposes natural elements from the landscape to the built environment, changing the point of view, the perception and the conventional meaning of the objects, with the clear statement of ?“Nature as Art”. In this piece, geometric paint echoes the shape of the rocks below, while living vines climb up through the shapes to create an intriguing living wall . + Andreco 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: “living wall” , Andreco , Andreco art , Andreco living wall art , Art , climate change art , green art , living all art , Living Walls , nature art , nature as art , Street art

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

December 19, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , all natural chapel , all natural church , chapel architecture , church architecture , Daylighting , daylighting chapel , Light of Life , Light of Life chapel , Light of Life South Korea , Natural building materials , protestant church , South Korea protestant church , wood lattice chapel

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ConAgra Suit Over “All Natural” Label on GMO Cooking Oils Highlights Greenwash

August 29, 2011 by  
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Most people know that there is nothing really natural about genetically modified organisms (GMO). Food giant ConAgra is in “hot oil” over claims that their line of cooking oils with GMO is labelled “all natural”. Food Safety News reports  that a suit filed in June in California against ConAgra could make the entire industrial food industry “shake in its boots”. The plaintiff claims he relied on Wesson oils “100% natural” label, when the products are actually made from genetically modified organisms. The part about GMO’s not being exactly what you would call “natural” is verified by none other than Monsanto, the infamous company leading genetic food research and implementation, where GMO’s are defined as-  ”Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.” This suit has led to the bigger question mark and ongoing debate over food labeling and how consumers are misled on advertisement claims. Greenwashing claims on food labels are very prevalent making it very difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. GMO products are suspicious at best with no proven studies that they pose no health risks with the debate is still strong on whether they harm human health. Food labeling and the health-concious consumer We have all been encouraged by healthy eating proponents that we “must” read food labels before buying and consuming foods. Now that is where the problem lies. What if the label is inadequate, incomplete, misleading and just plain wrong? Where is that leading us? The major issue here is that terms like “natural” are not regulated by the FDA. “All natural,” which implies that the food is as close to nature as possible. In reality, the government requires that natural meats, poultry and dairy food contain only ingredients natural to the product. That means no artificial colors or preservatives. The label doesn’t address how the food was raised. Food labeled “natural,” according to the USDA definition, does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives and the ingredients are only minimally processed. However, they may contain antibiotics, growth hormones, and other similar chemicals. Regulations are fairly lenient for foods labeled “natural.” Labels are evaluated to prevent mislabel-ing but no inspections are conducted and producers are not required to be certified. Read this helpful guide to food labeling and certifications. Grocery stores and supermarkets are full of GMO products According to the Center for Food Safety : “..upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves — from soda to soup, crackers to condiments — contain genetically-engineered ingredients.” Further there is no mandatory labeling on GMO containing products. There is a unanimous call to change this as consumers deserve to know what’s in their food. A recent  MSNBC Health poll  that asked the question, “Do you believe genetically modified foods should be labeled?” concluded with overwhelming public support for transparency in food labeling. There are many greenwashing claims even on voluntary GMO labeling that is  incomplete and misleading . Five major GMO products to watch out for are – soy, corn, canola,  cottonseed  and  sugar beets.  How can you avoid GMO products? A Huffington Post  article  provides some useful tips! Consumers must vote with their dollars. Food brands are taking full-advantage of the loopholes in regulation and there is very little distinguishing the real do-gooders from the impostors in the food industry. Consumers need to be extra watchful with food labeling and demand full transparency, mandatory and complete labeling. Unless labeling is complete and comprehensive, our food choices are not entirely up to us. Michael Pollan advises us on how we can be healthier through some basic  food rules !  By following these simple rules, we can not only be healthier but affect the way food is produced and marketed in the US.

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Scientists Develop Bulletproof Skin Using Goat Milk Spider Silk

August 17, 2011 by  
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We know this sounds insane, but Dutch researchers working with the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands claim to have just created bulletproof skin from goat milk. The researchers report that they genetically modified a goat to produce milk rich in the same protein that makes silk spiders’ fibers so strong. Apparently, the researchers’ plan is to eventually introduce this protein into the human genome so that we can all be bulletproof. Don’t worry, we are fully on board with your confusion. There’s a photo of the “skin” after the jump. Note: We aren’t making this up. Read the rest of Scientists Develop Bulletproof Skin Using Goat Milk Spider Silk Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural , armor , bullet proof material , bullet proof textiles , bullet proof vest , goat milk , natural bullet proof material , spider silk , strong natural textiles

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Scientists Find That Bacteria-Based Nanowires Could Lead to Natural, Chemical Free Nanotechnology

August 8, 2011 by  
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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered that a type of bacteria, originally found in 1987 in the Potomac River, could be the key to developing non-chemical based, all-natural nanotechnology. The bacterium, geobacter sulfurreducens , has been found to have microbial nanowires with long-distance electron transport capabilities that are as efficient as synthetic metallic nanowire structures which can transport thousands of times farther than the bacterium’s length. This discovery could lead to non-toxic biosensors, solid-state electronics that work in tandem with biological systems and possibly even electronics that function while submerged in water. Read the rest of Scientists Find That Bacteria-Based Nanowires Could Lead to Natural, Chemical Free Nanotechnology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural , all natural nanotech , clean technology , eco technology , green nanotechnology , green technology , nanotech , nanotechnology , nanotechnology developments , nanotechnology discoveries , sustainable technology , UMass Amherst

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Google’s Self Driving Car Crashes – But It May Not Be How You Think

August 8, 2011 by  
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We’ve been following Google’s awesome self-driving car since the search giant broke the news last fall that it was  developing an autonomous, robotic car that drives itself. By using sensors and specially designed artificial intelligence software, the automated cars are supposed to sense objects around them to be able to avoid them, thus making the ride safer and more fuel efficient. But last week, one of Google ‘s self-driving cars rear ended another Prius , which set off a chain reaction, ultimately involving a total of five vehicles. As it turns out, a person was manually driving the car, but still — what does this mean for self-driving cars? The accident, and the questions surrounding it, certainly make you wonder if it’s possible for robot vehicles to actually be safer conventional driving. Read the rest of Google’s Self Driving Car Crashes – But It May Not Be How You Think Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated car technology , electric car , Google , google car crash , google cars , google electric cars , google engineers , google green transportation , google prius , google self-driving car , hybrid , prius , self driving car crash , self driving prius , self-driving car

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