Japanese food artist carves fruits into incredible masterpieces using just an X-Acto knife

May 15, 2017 by  
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Playing with your food is generally frowned upon, but Japanese artist Gaku elevates humble fruits and veggies into art with his skilled and gorgeous carvings . With a simple X-Acto knife, he expertly embellishes radishes, papaya, apples, taro root and more. Honoring and exploring the Japanese and Thai traditions of food carving, Gaku makes precise cuts into his chosen fruit or vegetable. His designs often take on traditional Japanese floral and wave patterns and are amazingly detailed and intricate, especially considering the ephemeral nature of his creations . Some of his elaborate works incorporate real and fantastical animals , such as a crab design carved into an apple or dragons carved into eggplant or a banana. As bananas are cheap and readily available, Gaku says they are an good option for practicing food carving. Gaku’s attention to detail and careful cuts are truly impressive. This self-taught food artist began food carving as a hobby, and he is also a chef. Related| Extraordinary banana art etchings are inspiring and edible One of the most amazing elements of these designs is how quickly Gaku must work. As any foodie knows, bananas, apples, and avocados are fickle, turning brown and less visually attractive within mere minutes. Gaku’s pristine photos, which he chronicles on Instagram , barely show any sign of the dreaded oxidation . Almost 60,000 followers anxiously await his next mukimono-style food carving. In addition to apples and lemons, Gaku has carved pumpkins, carrots, zucchini, and some type of leaf or stalk, which he transformed into grasshoppers. One of the ideas behind these food carvings is to appreciate the beauty of simple fruits and vegetables, and we love how the stunning images instantly expand viewer’s artistic imaginations. We also love Gaku’s not-so-precious approach to his creations when they are done: he eats them. You can watch some of Gaku’s process here in this mesmerizing Instavideo. + Gaku on Instagram Via Booooooom and This is Colossal

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Scientists discover enough new forests to cover 60% of Australia

May 15, 2017 by  
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A new survey of the world’s dryland habitats has found a massive amount of previously unreported forests — 467 million hectares (over 1.1 billion acres), which is 45 percent more forest than found in past surveys. The newly discovered dryland forests cover an area equivalent to 60 percent of the size of Australia, putting dryland forest extent on par with tropical rainforests and boreal forests. The discovery could be good news for reversing global warming as it increases the estimates of total global forest carbon stocks by 15 gigatons to 158 gigatons — an increase of 2 percent to 20 percent. Although dryland biomes occupy more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface, these forests were previously difficult to spot because of the relatively low density of the trees . Technological advances have made it easier to accurately measure dryland forests as demonstrated in this survey. The scientists used Google Earth Engine to analyze high-resolution satellite images of more than 210,000 dryland sites in order to determine tree number and density. The researchers then compared samples of their findings with field information for accuracy. Related: Meet the teen planting 150 trees for every person on Earth The study’s authors point out the importance of understanding dryland forests and dryland ecosystems because climate modeling suggests these biomes could expand by 11 percent to 23 percent by the end of the century, covering more than half of the Earth’s land surface. “Considering the potential of dryland forests to stave off desertification and to fight climate change by storing carbon, it will be crucial to keep monitoring the health of these forests, now that we know they are there,” said University of Adelaide School of Biological Sciences professors Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow, co-authors of the study. + The extent of forest in dryland biomes Via Phys.org Images via TERN AusPlots

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Repurpose Electronics Instead of Recycling

April 21, 2011 by  
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A lot of electronics recycling events are scheduled on and around Earth Day each year.

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How can I reuse or recycle spark plugs?

September 24, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Scott, asking: Is there any use for old sparkplugs? As someone who barely knows what a sparkplug looks like let alone does, I’m not really in a position to answer this question. Google tells me that they can be cleaned up again but it’s not recommended (although disclaimer: all the people talking about it are performance/engine obsessives, so they might be pushing for more than the average person)

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Circuit Board Shoes Get Feminine! Win for World’s Most Uncomfortable Heels

April 6, 2010 by  
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Images via PCB Creations If you liked the circuit board sneakers but want a less athletic, more night-out-on-the-town look, check out the circuit board heels created by artist Steven Rodrig … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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First Natural-Dye Production House in America Opens in Chicago (Video)

April 6, 2010 by  
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Cochineal dye vat. Image via Ecouterre The fact that most textiles today contain toxic substances is not holding Jane Palmer back from creating naturally-dyed textiles

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Recontruct Your Stocking with Junky Styling’s Wardrobe Surgery Book

December 14, 2009 by  
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‘Junky Styling, Wardrobe Surgery’ book cover, and launch party (right). Credit: Junky Styling Junky Styling is no stranger to TreeHugger–from their refrubished threads to catwalk at London Fashion Week –and now founders Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager have cataloged their creations and process in a new book, “Junky Style, Wardrobe Surgery.” Amisha Ghadiali, associate director of the

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Climate Pilgrims March for Interfaith Environmental Unity (Slideshow)

December 14, 2009 by  
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photo: Matthew McDermott Not twelve hours before the streets between central Copenhagen and the Bella Center were filled in what’s been dubbed the world’s largest climate change demonstration , a smaller but no less enthusiastic group took to the streets. Learning about Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian perspectives on the environment — and finding much in common — the Climate Pilgrims marched, ..

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Spring/Summer 2010: Earth Creations

November 21, 2009 by  
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Earth Creations spring/summer 2010. Credit: Earth Creations Earth Creations , known for their clay-dyed apparel has been creating sustainable clothing for women, men, and children since 1996.

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