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  • Ugly fruits and vegetables have hidden health benefits

    Ugly fruits and vegetables have hidden health benefits 26 Jul '16, 12pm

    Don't judge a fruit by its surface! Those not-so-pretty scabs and bumps are actually battle wounds and the sign of a stronger, better, more antioxidant-packed food. Ugly fruits and vegetables are a popular topic these days, as campaigns appear online and in supermarkets throughout Eur...

  • A 1-acre permaculture farm supplies 50 families

    A 1-acre permaculture farm supplies 50 families 26 Jul '16, 11am

    I've always been somewhat of a lazy gardener. And that's why permaculture has always made a whole lot of sense to me. Instead of throwing physical labor and fossil fuels at any given problem, the idea behind permaculture gardening is to use nature's own design tricks to create product...

  • New mayor of Turin, Italy, wants her city to go vegetarian

    New mayor of Turin, Italy, wants her city to go vegetarian 25 Jul '16, 11am

    For environmental reasons, Chiara Appendino is wading into territory that most politicians don't dare go. It's a daring and controversial step for a country deeply attached to its meat. When I was 16, I moved to Italy, for a year. I lived in a small town on the island of Sardinia, the...

  • Tinhouse demonstrates the beauty of simple forms, basic materials

    Tinhouse demonstrates the beauty of simple forms, basic materials 25 Jul '16, 6pm

    What I love about the work of Rural Design is how simple the forms are. Here is a building that really couldn’t be more basic in form, with not very much glazing, that won’t require much if any maintenance for decades. Yet inside it is bright and comfortable and modest. It's what Pass...

  • Why are designers trying to turn bikes into cars?

    Why are designers trying to turn bikes into cars? 25 Jul '16, 4pm

    The wonder of the bicycle is that it is such a classic design, refined over 150 years into the form it has today. Bikes are relatively low maintenance and can last a long time; I rode my Norco road bike for 25 years, after buying it at a Police auction for fifty bucks. Then there is t...

  • Coolpeds iBike weighs less than 30 pounds, costs less than $500 25 Jul '16, 5pm

    Coolpeds' iBike aims to relieve two of the most common e-bike pain points: high cost and heavy weight. E-bikes seem to be everywhere these days, which is a good thing when it comes to transport options, but many of them suffer from the same two issues, both of which can be deal breake...

  • Super sensors could monitor water quality around the world in real-time 25 Jul '16, 3pm

    Currently, if the water quality of a lake, river, or body of wastewater needs to be tested, a sample is collected and taken back to a lab to test for things like nitrate levels, heavy metals or other pollutants. This process not only takes a lot of time, but is also very expensive whe...

  • Photo: Tule elk doesn't exactly hide in the grass

    Photo: Tule elk doesn't exactly hide in the grass 25 Jul '16, 7pm

    What a majestic creature this is, a tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes ), wonderfully photographed by Sam McMillan at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. These California natives were once abundant, but their numbers dropped to almost nothing before conservation efforts brought them ...

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