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LiDAR Coming To An Archaeological Dig Near You – Indiana Jones Extremely Displeased

Archaeology has always been a science for the patient, for those who could stand mind-numbingly long hours of categorization and days of ever-so-careful digging to reveal just another square foot of a lost city or temple. Screw that noise, said a number of Florida scientists, who have now successfully applied Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to mapping hidden jewels of the archaeological world.

Italian Dogs: Their Diapers Don't Smell Thanks To Cliffi

... And when my human parents are out having fun and drinking wonderful Italian wine, I don't have to hold it in. I'd have Cliffi Lino to hold my wee-wee if I peed, and it would make me smell nice too!

 

Planterworx Creates Dynamic 'Element' Planters Inspired By Nature

The Element Planter Series by Planterworx is a fascinating architectural line of new interior and landscape planters as dynamic as it is antithetical to the greens it holds, but it works fantastically as an elegant biomimetic functional design and superbly modern art.

My Brother, The Bloodsucker

This little fellow is a Rhodinus prolixus, aka South American bloodsucker, and his DNA may be in my DNA!  Don't be smug now... It could be in yours too.  And though maybe he's not our brother, he might very well be a distant cousin.  So don't step on him.

Matter of Trust Wants Pet Fur To Clean Up Oil Spill

Everyone is talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico these days. How will it all be cleaned up? One group, Matter of Trust, wants a lot of pet fur to help clean up the spill and is asking for donations.

The Pothole Gardener Brings Smiles, Green and Warning to his Community

Going over a pothole or two or more can make a car ride rough. It can make a bike ride rougher and dangerous. If the city will not take care of the pothole problems who will? The pothole gardener?

Huitlacoche: Gross-Looking Corn Smut Is Edible, Healthy, & Delicious!

Corn farmers in the U.S. have been trying to get rid of 'corn smut' for years.  The stuff has ruined many a corn crop.  Plus, who wants to look at it?

Joshua Tree's Awesome Mirage: A Gold Hotel In The California Desert

Architect Robert Stone is not shy about pushing the envelope, or in this case, about designing a hotel that does not look or feel like any other hotel in the world.  He's designed and built the Acido Durado out of gold, inside and out.  And he's built it at the end of a dirt road in Joshua Tree, CA, where it appears in its dramatic desert surroundings as a glittering mirage.

 

 


9 Great Green Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

It is that time of year again to celebrate Mother's Day. If you are debating making your mom a homemade gift or buying her a gift. The choice is yours. I cannot decide that for you. However, I can show you a list of 9 innovative green gift ideas for inspiration. Take a look below.

Restless, Dreamy, Itching To Fall In Love? You've Got Spring Fever!

Huck Finn had it. "It's spring fever," he exclaimed in Tom Sawyer, Detective"And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"

5 Cool Eco-finds To Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day I have put together a random list of eco-friendly innovation I think are quite interesting. Take a look at the list below.

Japanese Zoo Features Fish Vending Machine

Zoos are sick of people tossing junk food to the animals, and the animals are getting sick eating it - what to do? If you're a zoo in Japan, you set up a fish vending machine that lets you buy healthy, natural snacks you can hand-feed to the seals.

The Eyjafjöll Volcano Designed In Icelandic Wool: The Regional Blanket

The map of the Eyjafjöll volcano... It's already been designed.  And exquisitely so.  In a blanket.  The Regional Blanket by Vík Prjónsdóttir of Vikwool, a knitting factory in southern Iceland.

Design For Doomsday: Underground Survival Communities By The Vivos Group

Whatever you previously imagined about living underground in a survival shelter... it's not what the Vivos Group has in mind.  Vivos has thought of every aspect of survival and your comfort, with supplies and food for up to a year, in case doomsday happens.  It's the 'modern day Noah's Ark.'


Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.

 

Seedbed Roll For The Lazy Gardeners

What if growing lettuce was as simple as rolling out a sheet of seeds and placing it on the ground and watching it grow without any worry of weeds? It turns out it may just be that simple? There is an innovative gardening product on the market called Seedbed Roll.

The Earth Awards 2010: Call For Entries

The Earth Awards 2010 is searching for sustainable innovations that will change the way we live in the 21st century.  It is a global competition with internationally renowned judges from architectural, design, environmental, fashion, and philanthropic communities. It's looking for invention, innovation, entrepreneurial, but above all, transformational, ideas that meet six criteria...

 

 

The Bobble Offers A Healthy, Cost-Effective Take On Bottled Water

The reusable Bobble is made from recycled material and is recyclable itself.  It is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC.  You just fill your Bobble with tap water and it is filtered as you drink it. 

Re-Inventing The Fireplace: Inspirations From Iceland By Secret North

If you didn't know better, you might say that Secret North designs fireplaces, but what it designs are places for fire.  Its aim is to integrate fire into interior design - much like water has been integrated with water walls and bubbling indoor ponds - not for its heat, but for its beauty. Because Secret North uses bio-ethanol to burn, its fires don't spark, they are clean burning (smokeless!), easy to operate, and very low maintenance. 

 

Fiskars New Reel Mower, Sharper, Stronger, Wider

I had a reel mower not long ago. Long story short, I stopped using it after about a year. It worked well cutting high grass as long as there was no other debris on the ground (pinecones, twigs, etc.) and the ground was very dry. Could Fiskars innovative reel mower turn me back to reel mowers once again?