A group of wildlife biologists take their tiny research base with them on expedition

June 28, 2016 by  
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The tiny living unit will function as research base and home to wildlife biologists led by Katy Gavrilchuk and David Gaspard who plan to go on an expedition this summer to study the whale and dolphin species of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. The scientists teamed up with non-profit organization, The Mingan Island Cetacean Study , is order to monitor large baleen whales in particular. They started their journey in Montreal earlier this month and will conclude the expedition in September. Related: Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere Thanks to the donation made by Atlas Roofing, as well as other companies, Katy and David built the tiny house as a mobile research base which will allow them to stay comfortable while keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum. They made sure to use eco-friendly materials and components that are also energy efficient, lightweight , water and fire-resistant and manufactured through sustainable processes. + BigWhaleTinyHouse + Atlas Roofing

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Wasps build rainbow nests with colored construction paper

June 25, 2016 by  
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The European paper wasps’ colorful nest features open combs with cells for raising their brood and is impressively durable thanks to their saliva, which makes the nest water-resistant , and other secretions that repel ants. Menchetti patiently watched over the wasps as they built their nest and provided different colored paper as the social insects steadily completed each row of combs. The wasps chewed the wood into a pulpy substance and used their saliva to bind the fibers. Related: Waste from M&M’s Candy Causes Honey to Turn Green in France This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the effects of artificial dyes on insects. In 2012, beekeepers in Northeastern France were shocked to find their apiaries full of green and blue honey . As it was later discovered, the honeybees had collected blue and green debris from the waste of colorful M&M shells at the local biogas plant. + Mattia Menchetti Via Colossal Images via Mattia Menchetti

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Soldier kills a jaguar used in Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay

June 25, 2016 by  
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With just over a month to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , the Olympic torch is passing through Brazil in the traditional relay. Although the torch is considered a symbol of unity and peace, the relay turned deadly in the city of Manaus. A soldier shot and killed a female jaguar named Juma, who was used as an extra in the ceremony, after she escaped from her handlers. Activists are condemning the use of Juma in a situation that likely would have been stressful for her. The jaguar was shot with four tranquilizer darts, and then a soldier shot her with a pistol. Juma was likely upset by the commotion, according to University of Brasilia scientist Joao Paulo Castro. He told BBC Brasil, “It’s neither healthy nor advisable to subject an animal to such a situation, with lots of noise and people. Often, jaguars already are stressed by being kept in captivity, that’s only compounded when they’re exposed to hubbub.” Related: Criminal charges possible in Cinncinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe’s death The local committee that organized the event issued a statement saying they made a “mistake” to display the Olympic torch next to a “chained wild animal.” They said, “We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.” According to the World Wildlife Fund, jaguars are ” near threatened ,” and in the past they worked with the Brazil government to protect swaths of the Amazon forest as a habitat for the animals. Ipaam, the government authority that manages use of animals, said it was actually illegal to use Juma in the ceremony. They are currently investigating her death. Animal rights groups from around the world condemned the incident. Rio de Janeiro’s Animal Freedom Union said on their Facebook page, “When will people (and institutions) stop with this sick need to show power and control by confining, taming, and showcasing wild animals?” Via the BBC Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons

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Electric blue wine is now a thing in Europe

June 25, 2016 by  
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When it comes to wine , we’re used to red and white, maybe a little rosé now and again. But winemakers Gïk decided to shake up the wine industry with a startling new wine color: blue. Their blue wine may be sourced from local grapes, but it’s unlike most wines found in Spain or the rest of the world. Gïk sources their grapes from Spanish vineyards in Zaragoza, La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha, and León, but they don’t place an emphasis on where they get their grapes. Rather, it’s about how they use food technology to change those grapes into a vibrant new product. Not only does the color differ from traditional wines, but the blue wine is sweeter as well, even though it doesn’t contain added sugars. Related: Historic 7th-century cellar in Spain renovated to celebrate the history of wine-making The members of the Gïk team are in their twenties and describe themselves not as business people but as “creators: designers, programmers, artists, and musicians.” They write on their website, “We are not vintners. We are creators. So we sought the most traditional and close-minded industry out there…having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the color to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.” So how do they obtain that crazy blue hue? It’s all due to a pigmentation process using two organic pigments. One is indigo; the other is anthocyanin, which comes from grape skin. Gïk worked with the University of the Basque Country for about two years to research the best method and recipe for the blue wine. Currently the wine is sold online to customers in Spain, France, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands. Each bottle costs about $11 and contains 11.5% alcohol. Via My Modern Met Images via Gïk and Gïk Facebook

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The Air Above sculpture frames nature’s beauty from all sides

June 24, 2016 by  
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In The Air Above, environmental designer Michael Pecirno explores how a public sculpture can derive form and purpose entirely from its surroundings. Clad in polished, reflective stainless steel, the sculpture mirrors its environment of maple trees, open grassy spaces, and the sky above. These vignettes frame the beauty of the sculpture’s surroundings and allow it to become a subtle addition to the landscape. The Air Above, takes the form of a twelve-sided irregular dodecahedron. None of the shape’s sides are the same size and none of its joints meet at the same angle. To create the sculpture, Pecirno created a detailed 3D model of the site, observing what should be in each panel’s reflection. This allowed Pecirno to capture the sky, the trees, and the grass. From certain angles the sculpture appears to camouflage into its environment. + The Air Above Images via The Air Above 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!

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KP Cykler has created the ultimate bike for urban commuting

June 24, 2016 by  
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A human on a bicycle is still the most energy efficient way for a man to travel, even more efficient than a salmon in the sea or a condor in the sky. But this efficiency can be brought to a stop by as little as a piece of glass on the road. That’s why KP Cykler created the  Perfect Urban Bicycle on Kickstarter . Their bicycle battles punctures and maintenance while boasting vintage looks coupled with the top materials and an innovative gearing system. Based in Denmark, the cycling capital of the world, KP Cykler knows how frustrating it can be to get a puncture at a time when you cannot afford one. To avoid flat tires, they add a special layer of protection for the inner tubes in the form of puncture resistant tape as standard. Together with skinny racing tires, The Perfect Urban Bike is fast, and puncture free. To keep the bicycle looking clean, KP Cykler has used a Kick Shift hub on the bicycle. This technology was first used in 1960s and lets you shift between 2 gears by simply pedaling backwards or ‘kicking’ back on the pedals. Today the technology is making a comeback as advancements make the modern version durable and a delight to use. Not only does it look good, but because there are no shifters, nor cables, so is there no maintenance – no cables to rust inside the housing, no derailleurs to adjust. The bicycle also has a lugged steel frame, looking like something the famous Eddy Merckx would have ridden. Steel is arguably the longest lasting from the 3 modern frame materials (steel, aluminum, carbon fiber), and more flexible, absorbing bumps in the road and giving it a nice overall feel on the urban roads. Another well thought-of material in use is leather. Compared to synthetic materials, it progresses in time, fitting itself to the rider and only getting more comfortable with time. As KP Cykler uses the absolute cycling royalty – Brooks of England as their seat supplier, it might even rise in price after a few decades. If you are looking for the perfect urban bicycle for this summer then look no further. KP Cykler has really put together a beautiful Perfect Urban Bike – which will likely last you a lifetime. It is available on Kickstarter for a very reasonable $1045 , and they will even engrave your name on the bike. + + KP Cykler on Kickstarter

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

March 4, 2014 by  
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3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world’s first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging trends, including data collection, wearable technology and 3D printing. The tracker is able to identify your exercises, count reps and sets, and calculate calories burned. Solid Concepts just released a blog post this morning detailing the development of the Atlas fitness tracker – check it out here ! + Atlas Wearables + Solid Concepts Via Solid Concepts Blog 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: 3d printed fitness tracker , 3D printing , atlas , Atlas Fitness Tracker , Atlas Wearables , Design for Health , fitness tracker , fitness trackers , green design , green gadgets , Solid Concepts , sustainable design        

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Modern Sprout: A Decorative Hydroponic Planter for Your Windowsill

April 16, 2013 by  
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Modern Sprout has created a windowsill planter box that’s simple, self-sustaining and naturally stylish. Its hidden hydroponics system automatically waters and feeds your plants for you, making it perfect for space-conscious city dwellers, absent-minded gardeners and armchair agrarians. Enjoy the luxury of growing a variety of herbs, produce and flowers year round. Four finish options are available in addition to a solar-powered model. You can pre-order one now on Kickstarter ! + Modern Sprout on Kickstarter 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: gardening products , green gardening , Hydroponic Planter , hydroponic windowsill planter , Modern Sprout , urban gardening , Windowsill planter        

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IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set

April 16, 2013 by  
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IDI Studio ’s new storage collection takes a cue from the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Their line of desks, wardrobes, shelving and wine racks borrow from the flight cases of touring bands. Called “ Roadies ” — named after the workers who move music equipment from city to city for rock stars — the collection is all handmade from recycled 100% FSC teak wood and aluminum. And like their rocker counterparts, they come on wheeled casters. Read the rest of IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% FSC Teak , eco design , green design , IDI Studio , mini bar case , Recycled aluminum , recycled Teak , Roadie Collection , Roadies , sustainable design        

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Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

April 15, 2013 by  
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“ Atlas Recycled ” is a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders that doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. In addition to serving as a recycling aid, the sculpture itself is made primarily from reused materials including over 30 pieces of maps and atlases. Artist Tom Tsuchiya (soo-chee-ya) constructed the sculpture’s internal structure from wood, foam, and steel scraps from his studio. He installed a hidden door on the globe portion of the sculpture to allow the recyclable contents to be removed. “Atlas Recycled” exhibits in various cities to promote the improvement of our environment through art. The sculpture has previously celebrated Earth Day on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square (2010), New York City’s Grand Central Terminal (2011) and Washington D.C.’s National Mall (2012). Though Tsuchiya is best known for creating bronze sculptures for the NFL and Major League Baseball, he has a passion for improving our environment through creative ways. + Atlas Recycled + Tom Tsuchiya 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: atlas , Atlas Recycled , eco-art , green art , green design , Recycled Materials , recycled sculpture , recycling , Recycling initiatives , sustainable design , Tom Tsuchiya , urban art        

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