Gaze at the stars in this magical recycled cardboard playhouse

March 20, 2016 by  
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Have some old cardboard mailing tubes you just aren’t sure what to do with? Why not use them to build a playhouse for a child in your life? The Sukka Shift is a striking cubby that allows both daytime play and nighttime stargazing through its open roof. Follow the link for more pictures and to learn about this fascinating design. READ MORE >

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World’s Largest Handmade Picnic Blanket Unfurled in Switzerland!

July 19, 2014 by  
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Eating al fresco usually means a tiny table at an outdoor cafe, but a pair of twins in Switzerland are thinking much bigger. Twins  Frank and Patrik Riklin  organized the creation of a 160,000-foot-long picnic blanket they’re calling “ Bignik .” Scores of volunteers were needed to turn assemble the traditional red and white patchwork behemoth of repurposed towels, bedsheets, curtains, and other donated household textiles. This isn’t the first massive picnic blanket built by the twins, and it’s not going to be the last. Follow the link to learn more about the project. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Frank and Patrik Riklin , handmade picnic blanket , picnic blanket , picnic in Switzerland , summer picnic , upcycled picnic blanket , world’s biggest picnic blanket

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New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

July 13, 2014 by  
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Military personnel do a lot of marching. And hiking. And running. They move a lot, whether on base or on a mission. While moving, Marines also carry up to 15 pounds of batteries in order to charge all their devices while in the field. Which is not awesome. Now, Lockheed Martin and Canadian boot maker STC Footwear have teamed up to lighten the load while keeping devices powered up. Their Kinetic Boots harness the power of each soldier’s footstep without weighing them down. Follow the link below to learn how they work. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: human powered boots , kinetic boots , kinetic power , lockheed martin , Lockheed Martin boots , military apparel , renewable energy in the military

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This ‘Catalytic’ Laundry Detergent Cleans Your Clothes and Your Air

June 28, 2014 by  
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Air pollution is dangerous. It makes us sick, harms the environment, and looks pretty gross. We’ve known this for decades, yet we keep pumping dangerous pollutants into the atmosphere. You can purify the air in your home, to make it safer to breathe, but what about outdoors?  Catalytic Clothing’s  Helen Storey and Tony Ryan are working on a special detergent that could turn our clean clothes into air filters. Just washing your clothes in the laundry additive and walking around outdoors could help reduce air pollution that puts us all at risk. Follow the link below to learn how it works. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purifying clothing , catalytic clothing , clothing that cleans the air , laundry additive , laundry air purification , laundry detergent

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DIY: Heal Sunburned Skin with This All-Natural Soother

June 21, 2014 by  
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Summer means lots of outdoor fun in the sun. Whether you’re spending time at the shore or just making daily trips to the pool, it’s especially important to protect your skin this time of year. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of non-toxic sunscreen is the best way to ensure that your precious epidermis doesn’t get burned. But we all forget sometimes. Getting a little too pink can be uncomfortable and a bad sunburn is downright painful. Soothe the sting of too much sun with our all-natural healing spray . Follow the link below to see the full recipe. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY sunburn soother , homemade sunburn remedy , how to heal a sunburn , protect your skin , sunburn remedy , sunburned skin

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Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

June 21, 2014 by  
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While some appliances have moved into the future, the humble dryer has been stuck in the past. As refrigerators, washing machines and other things have evolved and become much more energy efficient, the clothes dryer really hasn’t changed much over the decades. As a result, Americans waste $4 billion every single year on clunky, outdated drying technology. That’s why the Natural Resources Defense Council is calling for change, from the way we use dryers to the way they are made. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , dryer efficiency , dryer technology , energy efficient dryers , energy inefficiency , energy inefficient appliances , energy inefficient dryers , Energy-Efficient Appliances , Green Appliances , home efficiency , improving efficiency , improving efficiency in the home , Natural Resources Defense Council , Natural Resources Defense Council dyers

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This Biometric Workout Shirt Means Fewer Gadgets at the Gym

June 15, 2014 by  
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Today’s fitness enthusiasts are obsessed with technology. Spend a few minutes observing those running at the park or doing circuits at the gym, and you’ll likely see heart rate monitors activity trackers strapped to their arms. Not to mention MP3 players and headphones. But all those wires make it hard to really concentrate on the task at hand. That’s why OMSignal has developed its Biometric Smartwear line . The simple biometric workout gear tracks and monitors your heart rate, breathing and steps all with the goal of getting you in the zone during your workout. Follow the link below to learn more about how it works. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biometric shirt , biometric workout clothes , biometrics , OMSignal , wearable technology , workout clothes

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Amazing Art Installation Recreates Life as a Tree Root

June 7, 2014 by  
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Ever admired a tall tree and wondered about what’s going on down below the ground? Artist Henrique Oliveira has created a stunning eco-installation so that visitors to the Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade in Sao Paulo can get a first hand look at what it’s like to be the root of a tree, growing under ground. Made from repurposed wood pieces, the elaborate tunnel system allows humans to experience a “day in the life” of a tree, as if they were insects burrowing right beside the roots. Follow the link below to see more amazing pictures! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Henrique Oliveira , Inhabitots , life as a tree root , tree art installation , tree roots , underground art

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Will 3D Printers Make Baggage Fees and Lost Luggage Obsolete?

June 1, 2014 by  
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Although the prospect of traveling is always exciting, packing everything is a drag. First there’s the worry of forgetting something, then there’s the task of cramming everything you need into the available baggage. Then comes the fateful moment that you arrive at the check-in counter and put the luggage on the scale. And even if you clock in under the acceptable weight limit, you’ve still got to fork over the baggage fee and pray that it arrives at the same place you do. A new art exhibit called  Lost Luggage   imagines a future where this entire process is digitized, so packing for a trip is as easy as sending an email to a 3D printer at your destination. Follow the link below to learn how it may work. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3Dprinting , baggage fees , ecouterre , Janne Kyttanan , luggage , traveling

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Inflatable Dress Keeps People Out of Your Comfort Zone

May 24, 2014 by  
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Even been standing in line or riding the bus, when you were suddenly shocked to find a stranger standing right in the middle of your personal space? You know the type. An accidental elbow bump or shoulder brush is one thing when you’re in a big crowd, but these people just don’t seem to realize the concept of a personal comfort bubble. Well, this happened one too many times to designer  Kathleen McDermott . To solve this awkward problem, Mc Dermott crafted the  Personal Space Dress . When the garment detects a person standing in your zone, it expands outward to give you some breathing room. Follow the link below to learn more about why McDermott create the dress, and how you can make one of your own. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY expandable dress , ecouterre , expandable dress , inflatable dress , invasion of space , Kathleen McDermott , personal space , Personal Space Dress , urban armor dress

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