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Electricity from Trees Could Prevent Forest Fires

MIT researchers are designing a system that uses electricity from trees to recharge batteries and generate power in remote locations. The small amounts of tree-generated electricity could be used to track forest fires and possibly "patrol" borders for smuggled radioactive materials.

An Enema For and By the People: Russian Resort Unveils Monument

No, there is no typo here. We are talking about enemas, but this one is made of bronze and was inspired by well.. inspired. It is meant for human appreciation rather than application. Read on and resist the temptation to “say it isn’t so.”

5 Awesome Designs Inspired By Nature: Enea Studio

The constellations and their stars, the sweet light of snow on the trees, falling leaves in autumn, waves in the ocean... Visuals from your latest relaxation tape? Or something more tangible, like furniture and lighting inspired by those visions?

Solar Power Production: The Wave of The Future

Solar power is taking off, and the International Energy Agency has predicted that between now and the year, 2030, global solar power production will increase 60-fold. Russian investors are ready to put their money behind this burgeoning industry, but can they convince the powers that be? Read on for details.

A Doggie 'Who Done It:' CSI To The Rescue

In the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva, just east of Tel-Aviv, dog poop was found lying near the steps of the town's library. CSI was called in, examined the dog poop and interviewed witnesses, but no dogs were seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Scientists Create First Synthetic Tree

Researchers have created a synthetic "tree" - a centimeter-sized hydrogel with nanopores that can pull water just like real trees pull moisture up their tall trunks.

Eerie Underwater Sculptures

Jason de Caires Taylor is an artist that creates unique underwater sculptures that focus on natural ecological processes.

Electricity from Dirt: Is it Possible?

It turns out wind power, solar power and lunar power are not the only possible renewable energy sources for our future. Dirt power might be next. There are already plans for use of it in places of Africa that are off-grid.

Hydrogen Bacteria: One Solution To Rising Gas Costs?

A Russian-born scientist living in the United States believes he may have found a cheap way to produce hydrogen, which may serve as a buffer against the ever-rising costs of petrol… Read on and perhaps…fill er up!

Russians Develop Hardware For Forecasting Earthquakes From Space

The “Vsplesk” (Burst) Experiment, which will involve a crew at the International Space Station, is expected to yield new methods for the real-time forecasting of earthquakes. Read on and…be amazed.

Studio Lawrence Debuts 'Dutch Flowers' Wall Tapestries At 100% Design

The Dutch design team of Bart Eijking and Patrick O’de Louwere of Studio Lawrence are readying for the debut of Dutch Flowers at the 2008 100% Design show in London in two weeks. Dutch Flowers is a series of custom-made,100 percent wool felt, wall tapestries created with a new technology, also developed by Studio Lawrence.

Typemonstriters : Jeremy Mayer Makes Frankenstein Proud

Remember typewriters? I barely do. I remember playing with one way back when and even then it was already considered old and useless.

Lovely, as the sounds were that came from pushing buttons and hearing the stop bell ring on an old typewriter, there is no denying that when computers came along typewriters just couldn't compare to computers. Since there was no more need for them typewriters were simply discarded. Fortunately Jeremy Mayer came a long and created a way to rescue some of them from the landfill.

Study Questions Whether or Not We Really Need Sleep

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison are wondering whether sleep is an essential part of life or something that has evolved over time to avoid stress and kill time.

Will Russian Scientists Clone Baby Siberian Mammoth?

The international scientific community is very enthusiastic about the possibility of cloning a baby mammoth recently discovered in Yamai, Siberia. Read all about the Mammoth Creation Project and what it means to the world at large.

Man Makes Paris In 15 Years Using Junk

There isn't much too say about this next green innovator, Designer Gerard Brion, except that he is passionate about his artwork. He is very passionate. In fact, with regular household items, some glue and paint Gerard Brion has spent 15 years of his life creating a detailed replica of Paris.

Moon Mined for Earth’s Alternative Fuel?

In 2008, solar power seems to be the hot topic for alternative fuel use. Solar powered products are already coming down in price so that the average consumer can take it home and use it, but now scientist are turning to the moon as well as the sun for power. Could the moon fuel our future?

Hair and Feathers: Do They Share The Same Roots?

Are hair and feathers related? How did they first appear and why are Russian scientists so curious about answering this question? Read on whether or not you like caps and no matter who your hairdresser may be.

Retro Wooden Mobile Phone: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Where has all the wood gone in this cold modern age of steel? When you see a tree, do you secretly yearn for closer contact? Read on then, if you dare.

No Need To Chop Down the Cherry Tree...Turn It Into Tree Art

Have an unsightly old tree in your backyard? Make a carving out of it! Artist Bruce Hebert creates cool carvings out of trees.

Russia’s Daring Voyage to the Bottom of the World's Deepest Lake

This summer marks an age of further discovery for two Russian submersibles seeking to measure the maximum depth of the world’s deepest lake. Read all about Siberia’s unique Lake Baikal aka Russia’s national treasure.