Incredible Ottoman-era bird palaces reveal how Turkish people pampered wild birds

October 11, 2017 by  
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Forget the simple birdhouse perched on a tree branch, avian houseguests in the Ottoman era were treated like kings thanks to the practice of affixing elaborate bird palaces onto local buildings. Although the mini bird homes were intricately crafted in order to provide shelter to the local winged population , they were also thought to bring good luck to the host households. The practice of building ornate birdhouses onto buildings was an important practice of Ottoman architecture in Turkey. The structures were often found on mosques, bridges, libraries, schools, and even public fountains. Rather than the simple, functional birdhouses that we see today, these mini palaces were often multiple stories and covered in ornate exteriors, typically resembling miniaturepalaces. Related: Artist creates thousands of urban birdhouses out of recycled scrap wood It was common belief that the bird homes brought good luck to those who built them and as such, they were treated with meticulous care. Locals would often have their own names for the structures, lovingly referring to them as (bird pavilions), “güvercinlik” (dovecots) and “serçe saray” (sparrow palace). + Insanbulium Via This is Colossal Photography by Caner Cangül via Instanbulium

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World’s first ocean pollution-eating Seabin launches in the UK

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UK waterways are about to get a lot cleaner with the launch of the world’s first production Seabin in Portsmouth harbor. The device, which was developed by a pair of Australian surfers, works by sucking in various kinds of pollution (including oil) and spitting out clean water. The Seabin can collect approximately 1.5 kg of waste each day and has a capacity of 12 kg — and in a given year, a single bin can collect 20,000 plastic bottles or 83,000 plastic bags. The Seabin was first unveiled in December 2015. To fund the invention , founders Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski created an IndieGoGo campaign. With little time to spare, the campaign exceeded its goal. Equipped with $250,000, Turton and Ceglinski are now prepared to follow through with their plan, which entails cleaning up marinas with the natural fiber garbage bin and an automated, above-the-water pump. The device was designed with marine safety in mind – only debris and chemical pollution on the surface of the water is collected; fish and other aquatic creatures are left alone. The Times reports that the Seabin was installed near the base of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team in the Portsmouth harbor. The group is passionate about environmental efforts – not only have members pledged to give up meat every Monday, they only consume sustainable seafood. Now, they’ve agreed to oversee the Seabin, which will improve the quality of water while protecting the cage of over 1,000 oysters near the pontoon. Related: New study reveals plastic pollution in the Antarctic is 5x worse than expected The Seabin team are also conducting trials at Spain’s Port Adriano and the Port of Helsinki (Finland). In early November, the innovative device will go on sale for £3,000 ($3,957). + Seabin Project Via The Times , Engadget Images via Seabin

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Travis Pond Crafts Elaborate Larger Than Life Beasts from Scrap Motorcycles

February 10, 2012 by  
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