Nature

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?

Solar Sail A Cool Kind of Solar Power in 2010

Recently The Planetary Society announced that by the end of 2010 it will try to launch another spacecraft, LightSail-1, into orbit propelled forward by the pressure of the sunlight. They tried this once four years ago and their spacecraft propelled into the ocean instead of orbit. Failure has not deterred them.

Fearless Fugu Finds Favor With A More Friendly Flavor

Fugu, also known as Blowfish or Pufferfish, has been the fishy dish of choice for sushi lovers who like to live dangerously. Now a Japanese fish-breeder has found a way to remove the poison from the prickly poisson.

Put This On Your Sustainability Gift Wish List: The Inka Sun Curve

If you have a sustainable gift wish list this year you may want to look at this huge sustainable innovation called The Inka Sun Curve. It's an amazing large-scale gadget equipped with a healthy fresh daily meal. It could eventually even pay for itself.

Cyberchondria & The Art Of Googling Oneself Silly!

An actual research study titled "Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search" was recently conducted by Microsoft researchers Ryen W. White and Eric Horvitz to analyze how the Web enables those obsessed in researching illnesses. A survey of 515 Microsoft employees determined that Internet surfing regarding health issues is on the rise. Inquiring minds want to know what's ailing them and why they are obsessed with tracking down health symptoms online from the common cold to cancer.

Sub Rosa: Discreet Restaurant With A Nude, Indiscreet Dress Code

Previously, I came across a unique restaurant in Maine that offered people a free lunch in exchange for a nude dip in the lake. While naked restaurants just aren't common outside of nudist colonies, there are a few out there that, like Maine's Black Frog Restaurant are okay with an "au naturel" dress code, and the latest one is in Oregon.