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Japanese Spacecraft Records Full Earth Rising Over the Moon

Japan's Kaguya spacecraft has relayed the very first Full Earthrise movie in high definition (HD) video, giving humans a uniquely beautiful view of our small blue planet just in time for Earth Day.

In Celebration of Earth Day: Amazing Recycled Architecture

Ever since the day my mom found out I was writing for an environmentally friendly blog she's continuously suggested I write something on homes made from junk. For Earth Day and in honor of my mom who taught me to be creative, a good person and to love trees, below is a list of unique and innovative homes made of recycled material.

Geisha Makeup Makes a Comeback with Natural Kyobeni Rouge

Traditional Japanese makeup as used by high ranking Geisha girls over the centuries is making a comeback, albeit at a steep price. The cost may be worth it though, for nothing quite matches the natural beauty and vivid intensity of classic Kyobeni Rouge.

Scientists Find Mixing is Key to Turning Manure into Biogas

Researchers have taken another step toward turning animal waste into biogas on a large scale.

Farmers have long called the odor of farm waste "the smell of money" in hopes of converting it into a practical energy supply. Animal waste can produce methane, which can be used directly for energy or converted to either methanol or a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This synthetic mix can then be converted to clean fuels.

The Art of Seeing Yourself Differently - As a Carpet, a Boulder and More

Levi van Veluw is an emerging young talent in the Netherlands. His photos are self portraits which are drawn and photographed all by himself.

Bamoo Helmets to Save Your Head

I, like most people used to think that bamboo, is extremely fragile though flexiible, and would definitely not be able to withstand hard knocks. I learnt that this is a misconception as proven by the Roof R06 Bamboo motorcycle helmet.

Can Viewing Cherry Blossoms Turn You On?

An intriguing article in Japan's MSN Sankei News speculates the reason people feel great beneath Japan's famous flowering Cherry trees is due not so much to the sights, but the scents - specifically, pheromones.

Brazilian Seed Grows into Diesel Tree: Farmers Happy

Australian farmers in North Queensland have recently invested in 20,000 Brazilian trees not just for the sake of the environment, but also for what the trees can give the farmers in about 15 to 20 years. Fuel!

Poo-PourriTM Smells Like Daffodils

I never thought the day would come when dung was hung to freshen up the stench in the air, but alas the day is here and the Creative Paper Wales company is proud of their Poo-pourriTM.

Biofuel From A Termite's Butt?

Termites... these ground-dwelling insect pests cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year to wooden structures by eating them. Now scientists are closer to understanding how termites convert wood into energy - true biofuel - and how we humans might do the same; cleanly, "greenly" and economically.

Robot Pill Bugs Put Out Fires

Sometime in the future, 200-pound bugs may be roaming around the forests. That's not due to any increase in oxygen levels, but rather because these bugs are robots whose job it is to extinguish forest fires.


A Surfboard That Works Without Waves

What do you do when you want to try sufing but a trip to either coast is out of the question? Well you can try to make your own massive waves...but the easier way would be to simply buy a Monojet Surf Board.

Have Environmental Floor Designers Gone to the Pits?

When you eat a peach and finally get to the pit do you ever wonder, “this pit would make a great floor”? Floor designer, Alla le Roux has.

Buckle Up, This Blade's Coming At You

Not only does this beauty allow its user to save precious fractions of seconds in retrieving a knife when needed, but it also keeps your pants cinched tightly about your time saving waist.

Great Invention Idea? Kill Bugs Fast with Radiation Gun!

Gnats, mosquitoes, field mice, ants, and all manner of creepy crawlies are just as interested in your summer activities as you are. In the past, the most effective protection against these tiny critters was to slather yourself with some deet or paraben laden lotion only to find you had traded one set of problems: bug bites, for another: cancer. Well those days of compromise are over thanks to United States patent 6647661.

Using Trunks, Bark and Leaves - 10 Towering Tree Ads from Around the World

Whether its campaigns to Save the Trees, or Keep it Fresh, advertisers are using all of the elements of trees, the leaves, the trunk and the bark to get their marketing messages across in clever ways.

Great Invention Idea? Easy & Fun Way to Put Your Kids to Work!

I like United States patent 4455816, because it works on the principle that kids aren't just those little people you love and drive to and from soccer practice, they are also the source of a largely untapped and expensive - the average cost to raise a child in America until the age of 18 is around $200,000 - labor pool.

Drunken Butterfly Master: Paul Villinski's Beer Can Art

As the classic adage states, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." New York artist Paul Villinski takes this sentiment and runs with it - or flies, I should say - into the beautiful realm of winged sculptural installations made from found beer cans.

Tornado Power - A Future Energy Source?

Retired scientist Louis Michaud has plans to generate tornadoes near power plants that could provide a 40% increase in the plants' power output. If the concept works, it could dramatically cut down on the need for building new power plants, instead creating energy from the waste heat of existing plants.


ASCII Code Curtain Branches Into Home Decor

Inspired by the incredible volume of information transmitted via the ASCII coding system, Dutch designer Nienke Sybrandy has captured its cryptic flow in the good and wholesome form of a tree.