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Tea Room Heated By Compost

If you have ever turned a compost pile you understand how hot it can get inside the pile as it decomposes. You can feel and sometimes see the heat rise as you turn the pile. A Japanese design firm called Bakoko has taken note of this heat, which can reach up to temperatures of 120 degrees F, and come up with a way to capture that heat to warm up a room.

Gaga Design: 10 Nayer Kazemi Water Art™ Fountains

Obviously, we can't keep the water running in the shower all day, but if our concern was only our inner peace, we would.   There's a much more practical, ecological, and yes, spectacular way to experience the most soothing sound in the world, a fountain.  Once you see Nayer Kazemi's Water Art™, you'll be simply gaga for them.

Mechanical Venus Fly Trap Will Keep Buggers Contained For You

If you don't mind creepy crawlers, or if you want to capture them without killing them altogether, you might want to check out this cool mechanical venus fly trap.

Magic Bean Grows “I Love You”

I've always told my husband I prefer a potted plant to cut flowers any day. Potted plants last longer, bloom longer and are far more eco-friendly than cut flowers. So when I came across a link for magic beans with a message of love I was naturally excited.

GoneForGreen's Solar Backpacks Generate Energy On The Go

These new backpacks from GoneForGreen.com feature an oversized solar panel on the back that can charge a lithium ion battery and give output energy via USB ports.  In a day and age where energy-consuming smart phones have become the norm, an invention like this could keep us all charged up for a bit longer each day.

Kiikku Planter Brings Elegant Design To An Indoor Greenhouse

When most of the U.S. is covered with snow, and cold weather promises to be around for at least another five weeks (according to Punxsutawney Phil), we start feeling restless for Spring.  From a design house which likely knows the feeling well, Unison in Finland, comes an elegant planter that brings Spring right into your home.

Champion Supersuit: The Thinnest Weather Suit Ever Developed

The Champon Supersuit has the chance to be a revolutionary step forward in outdoor apparel. It still has Everest testing to undergo, but this looks like a game changer.

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Japan Snake Center Keeps Visitors Hungry For More

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

Innovative Jump Rope Concept Uses Jumps To Turn On

As a parent, have you ever noticed how your kids starts running around early in the morning and are still running around in the late evening? It's amazing isn't it? Are they really little, "balls of energy"? Wouldn't it be even more amazing if we could harness that energy and use it to power...a flashlight?

10 Decorative Solar Lights That Make Romance At Night

I've totally fallen for the gorgeous solar garden lights created by Allsop Home and Garden, and I've picked 10 of them to share with you. The photos are delightful, of course, but all of them are taken in spring or summer settings. I don't know what it is about these lights, but I see them cropping up among the tree icicles and the clean snow mounds on the ground. So romantic!  Just look at them and let them dazzle you!

Osorb: Innovative Glass Cleans Polluted Water

2010 brings a brighter and cleaner future with a water cleaning glass product called Osorb developed by Dr. Paul Edmiston of the College of Wooster.

Cardboard 'Cabinet-Cabin' Creates An Awesome Guest House In A Mountain Cave

I've covered a cardboard cafe and a cardboard office, but this is the first time I've seen the entire interior architecture of a guest house designed in cardboard. And, if that is not novel enough, the guest house is part of a villa that is literally carved into a mountain.

New Information About Synapses May Lead To New Drugs To Aid Memory

"In strengthening a synapse you build a connection, and certain synapses are encoding a memory. Those synapses have to be strengthened so that memory is in place and stays there. Strengthening synapses is a very important part of learning. What we have found appears to be one part of how that happens."  (Kenneth S. Kosik, co-director at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute)

Christmas Tree Of Sardines Sparkles At Yokohama Aquarium

Nothing says Christmas like tens of thousands of starving sardines in a feeding frenzy, amiright?