16 great gifts for the guy in your life

December 5, 2017 by  
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  Got a special guy in your life, but you aren’t sure what to get him for the holidays this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up 16 incredible gifts that are just as unique as they are. There’s a wood helmet for the biker, a solar grill for the barbecue-lover and a stackable tree tent for the adventure fantatic. Click on to see all the great options. GIFTS FOR GUYS >

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Patagonia is suing the Trump Administration over Bears Ears: "The President Stole Your Land"

December 5, 2017 by  
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Patagonia won’t let President Donald Trump shrink Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments without a fight. After the president announced yesterday he aims to slash the monuments by around by two million acres, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said they’ll continue the fight to protect the land in court. Today, the company’s home page – instead of featuring photographs of adventurers exploring nature – is black, bearing the stark statement “The President stole your land.” Patagonia calls Trump’s move illegal, and says his decision marks “the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” Trump aims to reduce Bears Ears from 1.35 million acres to a mere 220,000 acres, and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante, which is nearly two million acres, in half. The area, which includes sacred Native American lands and archaeological sites, could be opened up to energy exploration and coal mining . Related: President Trump shrinks Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 2 million acres Patagonia points to overwhelming public support for public lands – there were more than 2.7 million public comments during the Department of the Interior’s 60-day period – and over 98 percent supported maintaining or even expanding national monuments. The company also says it’s a myth that America needs to open more public lands for oil and gas development. They quoted a 2017 statistic from The Wilderness Society: “90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas leasing and development; only 10 percent are protected for recreation, conservation , and wildlife.” Meanwhile, the company pointed out the value of the outdoor recreation industry. According to Patagonia, relying on information from the 2017 Outdoor Industry Association Economic Report, the industry contributes 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in consumer spending every year, “far outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the oil and gas industry.” Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard told CNN , “I’m going to sue him. It seems the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits. I think it’s a shame that only four percent of American lands are national parks . Costa Rica’s got 10 percent…We need more, not less. This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win.” Patagonia has a take action page on their website allowing users to tweet to the administration telling them they can’t take these lands away. They also listed 15 organizations fighting for public lands that you can support. + Patagonia Images via Patagonia , Depositphotos , and IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

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Movpak hybrid backpack and electric skateboard is a commuter’s dream

May 25, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmsIitiymCA Movpak is the smartest backpack you’ll ever meet, because it doubles as an electric vehicle . Controlled via remote, smartphone app, or voice activation, the electric skateboard can carry its rider at speeds up to 20 mph—not that we can think of any reason someone would want to ride one that fast. The Miami-based company has been around for a while and the Movpak was initially introduced in 2014, but it didn’t take off. Now, it’s back with some improvements, and the team has its sights set on mass production. The crowdfunding campaign has tripled the original $50,000 goal with nearly three weeks left. Related: 60 mph electric skateboard smashes Guinness World Record Unlike a skateboard or motorized scooter that a commuter might simply carry in a backpack, the Movpak backpack is attached to the board. The skateboard portion slides out from the back of the pack, similar to a telescoping handle extends from a suitcase. Placed wheels down, the pack portion of the device sits on one end of the board, so it doesn’t have to be carried. Two tiny motors, located inside each wheelbase, propel the skateboard forward. The backpack also has outlets that enable the user to charge portable devices, like a cell phone, laptop, or tablet. Movpak even has its own headlights, for those late evening commutes. There’s no doubt that the concept is incredibly cool, but critics have ripped on the design execution, saying the skateboard’s wheels are too narrow and would be difficult and expensive to replace. Nevertheless, Movpak is a pretty unique solution to a problem that plagues many commuters. Indiegogo backers can reserve an early edition of the backpack-skateboard hybrid for as little as $699, which is a steal compared to the regular price of $1200. + Movpak on Indiegogo Images via Movpak

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Boxy new library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed to regenerate Halifax

May 25, 2016 by  
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The library, comprising four slightly tilted volumes, reflects the historical axis between the Halifax Citadel and the city harbor. It references the city’s maritime heritage and aims to regenerate the downtown area. Thanks to its diverse programs, the building functions as a cultural hub. Related: Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s university center is inspired by local mountains in Wenzhou, China The interior features a large atrium space filled with stairs and walkways connecting five stories. This area leads to a 300-seat performance space , two cafes, music studios, reading rooms and boardrooms for local entrepreneurs. Kids and young adults can use the second floor, organized according to different age groups. Adaptability and an innovative approach to programming are the main trademarks of the building. The library design encourages interaction and collaboration by functioning as a free public space . + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + Fowler Bauld &Mitchell Photos by Adam Mørk

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First urban park on Las Vegas Strip is an oasis in the middle of the desert

May 25, 2016 by  
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Rather than cutting down trees to put up a parking lot, !melk designed a park to take over a previously paved section of the Vegas strip, occupying approximately six acres between New York New York and Monte Carlo. The Park, which opened April 4, is a water-wise urban microclimate with 250 shade trees and over 7,000 individual plants—native and adapted varieties—as well as several fun water features. Several 60-foot-tall shade structures were manufactured by a ship-building company in the Netherlands, and are outfitted with lights to illuminate the park at night. Related: Las Vegas gambles on green with world’s first solar kinetic street lights This area of Las Vegas, owned predominantly by MGM Resorts International, sees more than 40 million visitors each year. Due to the high foot traffic on the Strip, the Park has the potential to become the most visited park in the world. By comparison, New York City’s Central Park receives around 42 million visitors each year, so the competition is stiff. In fact, the top six most heavily trafficked city parks are located in NYC, so the new park in Las Vegas is bound to make history, even if it doesn’t steal the top spot. “[The Park] celebrates the Mojave desert, using its colors, patterns, materials and vegetation,” said Jerry van Eyck, Founder & Principal, !melk landscape architecture & urban design, in a statement. “Amidst the hectic hustle and bustle of the Strip, we were able to create something that is not just sustainable, but also genuinely authentic to the City. In addition to its iconicity, The Park reinstates what Vegas once was: an oasis in the middle of the desert.” + !melk Images via Hans Joosten

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Natural wooden skateboard is not barking up the wrong tree

January 12, 2015 by  
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French artist Mr. Plant has unveiled a built-to-scale skateboard from natural wood, including a bark overlay on the underside. Mr. Plant, also known as Christophe Guinet, designed this rustic deck for his “Natural Skateboarding” project. Guinet is responsible for other nature-based art projects, including “Just Grow It” in which he transformed Nike shoes into flower planters . Via Fubiz All images ©  Christophe Guinet . Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Christophe Guinet , Design , French Art , french artist , Mr. Plant , nature art , skateboard , skateboarding

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

January 12, 2015 by  
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Some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see something truly incredible as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues

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Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

January 12, 2015 by  
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Common knowledge dictates that most food plants can’t grow in areas fed by salty sea water. But a group of researchers in the Netherlands has found that perhaps that isn’t necessarily the case. Those researchers discovered that the humble potato can not only survive, but thrive in salty soil, and it could spell a food revolution . Read the rest of Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food production in unsuitable areas , growing food in salty soil , Netherlands research , potatoes grown in salty soil , saline crops , salt crops , salt food , salt potatoes , salt water potatoes , salty soil , salty soil food production , salty water crops

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Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

October 14, 2014 by  
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Lifestyle brand Art of Board recently launched the first-ever floor collection made from recycled skateboard decks collected through their ‘I Ride I Recycle’ program. The collection comprises 12 large 12-inch by 24-inch ceramic tiles in a matte finish created with Imagine Tile’s patented glazing technology. The water-resistant tiles are made from pre-consumer recycled materials, contain no VOCs, and are commercially rated for both indoor and outdoor use. The vibrant and eye-catching recycled skateboard floor tiles were recently installed at the Google headquarters in Irvine, CA. + Art of Board 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: Art of Board , ceramic tiles , google headquarters , imagine tile , pre-consumer recycled materials , reader submitted content , recycled skateboard , recycled skateboard tiles , ride i recycle , skateboard

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Scene3 Recycles Broken Bike and Skateboard Parts Into Cool New Accessories

October 23, 2012 by  
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Scene3  is a bicycle and skateboard shop that recycles items  what would normally be thrown away, into cool new accessories. Their recycling effort began when they started cutting new skateboard shapes out of customers broken boards. When they realized that they still had scraps left over from cutting, the decided they needed to do something to cut down on waste further. From that point on they’ve been transforming scraps and broken parts into everything from bottle openers to zipper pulls. Reduce, reuse and recycle isn’t just a clever slogan at their shop, it’s how they run their business. + Scene3 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: recycled inner tube accessories , recycled inner tube designs , recycled inner tubes , recycled skateboard , recycled skateboard accessoried , recycled skateboard designs , scene3

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