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Rustic Modern Retreats: 12 Earthy Hotels, Homes & Barns

These relaxing retreats pair modern materials and aesthetics with a touch of nature in the form of reclaimed timber and patina for an elegant, rustic look.

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Natural Glow: Australia's Amazing Bioluminescent Lake

In the Australian summer of 2008/09, a proliferation of a glowing organism turned one lake into an alien world featuring luminescent blue water.

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Snow Foolin': Completely Insane Pics of Japanese Snowfall

Parts of the U.S. may be buried under unusual amounts of snow, but our snowfall pales in comparison to the 56-foot drifts found in parts of Japan every winter.

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Incredibly Leaf-Like: 12 Bio-Inspired Plant-Based Designs

An impeller shaped like a calla lily, a cactus-like building in the desert and solar panels modeled on leaves are just a few incredible plant-inspired designs.

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Jim Denevan's Sand Art: Naturally Epic

Jim Denevan is an artist who turned the typical beach stroll into a gallery-worthy exhibition of gigantic, intricate art, that is gloriously impermanent.

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Fall of the Century: Stunning Pics of Dry Niagara Falls

For six incredible months in 1969, the American side of the powerful Niagara Falls was dammed up...and the water temporarily stopped flowing.

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Snow Rollers: Tumblin' Tumbleweeds Of Icy White Delight

Snow Rollers... not your grandfather's whitecaps, unless gramps is an Eskimo! This rare winter phenomenon can occur anywhere in the world if conditions are just right

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14 Smart Silo Conversions from High-Rises to Hidden Homes

Sewage bins in Amsterdam, wheat bins in Australia and coal bins in New York have been transformed into stunning high-rise apartments, homes and more.

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Suspended Swedish Tree Hotel Reflects Natural Environment

Experience the woods of Northern Sweden as would a bird nestled into a hole in a tree at the Tree Hotel, a mirrored cube in the sky with room for two.

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6 Unusual Plants And Monstrous Blooms

Need a boost to your passion for nature? Here are some unusual and rare plants that will definitely pique your interest.

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Acoustic Botany: Nature's Music Produced Scientifically

Artist David Benque explores humans' aesthetic relationship with nature in this intriguing conceptual art project: a genetically engineered musical garden.

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Spits In The Ocean: Seven Spectacular Scenic Sand Spits

If you like beaches, you'll love spits. These seven spectacular scenic sand spits put you as close to the ocean as possible without getting wet.

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Mapping the Underworld: Digital 3D Cave Exploration

A complex system of caves beneath Nottingham, England - used for everything from dungeons to drinking dens - is revealed by high-tech 3D scanning equipment.

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Brilliant Bio-Design: 14 Animal-Inspired Inventions

That's not a bat in the sky - it's a surveillance camera. Scientists and engineers are looking toward animal and human biology to inspire inventions like these.

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Truly Eco-Friendly, Or Corporate Greenwashing?

Greenwashing is the deceptive use of green marketing and public relations pushes to imply that a company's products are more eco friendly than they really are.

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