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Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Purely Paper Interior Design By Woodnotes

How would you imagine your home to look if your walls, floors, window coverings, chairs, sofas, and interior accessories were made of paper?  Pretty shabby?  Well, get a glimpse here of what it would look like filled with designs made from Woodnotes' paper yarn textiles.

OAT Shoes: Not Only Biodegradable But Plantable, Too

OAT Shoes' new line of sneakers is not only fashionable, it's also both biodegradable and plantable.  Once you've worn out these sneaks, you can either throw them away without fears of harming the planet OR you can plant them right in your garden.  The exciting line debuted in Amsterdam's International Fashion Week and was a huge hit.

Sign Of The Times - The End of Neon Lights?

A woman in New York City is 'collecting' all the neon signs there.

One More Benefit of Biofuels: Newfound Use For The Byproduct, Crude Glycerol

Crude glycerol is an unfortunate byproduct of biofuel manufacturing.  Biofuels are otherwise a positive contribution to the green scene, and fortunately a solution for the crude glycerol issue is being researched.  A bacteria has recently been discovered to digest the byproduct, resulting in some very exciting alternatives to conventional fuels.

Bunker Down Like A Bordeaux: Cork Tent Keeps You Protected

A more natural tent, the Tree House is a barrel-like tent made entirely from cork.

Air Laser Uses Hot Spots To Return Dangerous Environmental Info

Laser detection has long been a way for military units to determine if something hazardous - be it emissions or explosives - lie ahead. Now, a new "air laser" developed by Princeton University may make this process not only more accurate but safer as well.

Green Energy Goes Purple And Gold For BYU Science Team

At Brigham Young University, Professor Richard Watt and his team have proven that a common protein can not only react with sunlight, but harvest its energy for use.

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.

Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Etsy.com is a great site to find handmade crafts and vintage items, but a new trend is developing rapidly - repurposing old items to make new ones.  From handbags made from men's suits to lounge chairs made from vintage ovens, these products give new meaning to the phrase, "One man's trash..."

Rooftop Farms Atop Grocery Stores Brought To You By Better Food Solutions

Thanks to documentaries such as Food, Inc and books like The Omnivore's Dilemma, consumers are becoming more concerned with buying locally-grown, fresh produce.  "Better Food Solutions," a NY hydroponics firm, intends to bring us the freshest, most locally-grown food money can by with rooftop farms directly atop your grocery store.

Garden Clothing Attracts Bugs

The decline of insect pollinators and the plants they pollinate are of great concern to many today. So, to raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder an artist and a group of scientists have designed a line of clothing to attract insects. It is a limited edition and is part of a project called, The Pollinator Frocks Project.

Anti-reflective Film Inspired By Moth's Eyes Improves Solar Cells

Shiny new solar cells... not a good thing when the point is to capture every last ray of sunshine. In an effort to find the least reflective surface possible, scientists have looked to an unlikely source: the compound eyes of night-flying moths.

University of Texas Develops Wearable Fabric With Battery Power To Charge Your Gadgets

Scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a way to make fabric using carbon nanotubes and boron/magnesium powder that will generate battery power to charge your electronics.  No more plugging your iPhone into the wall; charging your gadgets could be as easy as wearing a T-shirt.

Tom Dixon Brings "Jacks" On His Road Show

Starting on his 9-city Road Show, renowned British designer Tom Dixon is now at the IMM Cologne in Germany with his Jacks.  If he becomes bored, I suppose he can always 'play' with them, rearranging the black, white, and now orange glow plastic Jacks in different formations, but most likely this hot designer won't have much time for play.

 

Latest Study Reveals Possible End of Fossil Fuels by 2030

New research contends that 100% reliance on renewable energy - that is, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power sources - is entirely possible by the year 2030.  Although unlikely to be endorsed by our current political economy, complete removal of fossil fuel is both possible and affordable within the next two decades.

Biowashball Cleans Your Laundry Without Detergent

Some people are really into that laundry detergent smell.  When you really consider it though, is that ‘fresh’ scent any better than clothes that are just plain clean?  The Biowashball offers a greener alternative to the traditional laundry washing routine.   

GhostBot Knifes Its Way Into Aquatic Automation

Taking their cue from nature, researchers at Northwestern University have created the GhostBot, a robotic knifefish that can swim both horizontally and vertically.

Put Your Baby To Bed In A Cozy Pod Cot

If you are looking for something a bit different and modern for your baby then you should have a look at the Pod Cot by Ubabub.  This sleek looking crib features rounded ends and transparent sides with strategically designed star cut-outs.  This is definitely not a crib for a traditional themed nursery.

Recycled Fortune Cookie Coin Purse By Diana Eng

If you're looking for a little something sweet to include in your fashion accessory collection, then Diana Eng has created a cute little piece that's funky and fashionable.