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Reruns Batted In: 9 Hit Ways To Recycle Baseball Bats

It seems baseball bats are breaking more than ever but thanks to some imaginative recycling, all that splintered Ash and Maple wood isn't going to waste.

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All Along the Watchtowers: 18 Tourist Lookouts of Europe

These 18 sightseeing towers and overlooks, from urban London to the fjords of Norway, provide incomparable views from dizzying heights.

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Sole Survivor: How 1 Japanese Town Resisted the Tsunami

The town of Fudai escaped the March 11th tsunami nearly untouched despite widespread destruction - all thanks to an ugly, unwanted 51-foot-tall floodgate.

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Verdant Vending: Exceptionally Eco-Friendly Outdoor Kiosk

Street vendors have a greener future to look forward to. The EcoKiosk was designed to make their stalls cleaner, greener and more appealing all-around.

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Grimsvotn: Iceland's Most Active Volcano Wakes With a Roar

Feeling Grimsvotn? Well cheer up, friends, Iceland's most active volcano is up to its old tricks again and this eruption promises to be one very cool spectacle!

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Paper, Naturally: 48 Gorgeous Works of Paper Art

Coral reefs, lush jungles, butterflies, blooms and birds: nature is brought to life in a most unexpected form by 14 master paper artists.

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Private Islands: Homeowners' DIY Flood Deterrent

Some brave homeowners are fighting back against the rising Mississippi flood waters with homemade dams and levees made of dirt mounds.

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Take a Trip: 13 Very Green & Modern Visitor Centers

These 13 visitor centers around the world are worth a stop not just for brochures and information, but for their architecture and sustainability.

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Cold, Bold & Old: 10 Monumental Volcanic Plugs

Even the most destructive volcano has a heart. Long extinct and eroded to the core, volcanic plugs are reminders of Earth's younger, hotter days.

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Cool Pools: 15 Super-Scenic Swimming Spots

From an infinity pool 600 feet in the air overlooking urban Singapore to an exotic saltwater lagoon in Spain, these 15 man-made swimming pools are stunning.

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Greens on Wheels: Rolling Greenhouse Will Feed + Educate

A forthcoming project aims to turn an old diesel truck into a mobile greenhouse and education center that will bring gardening to the whole country.

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Land of Giants: Towering Icelandic Super-Sculptures


A competition to redesign electric pylons in Iceland produced these 3 standout entries including 'Land of Giants', humanoid sculptures that tower into the sky.

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Vertical Parking Lots: Brilliant Urban Bike Hanger System

Sick of hunting for a space to park your bike? This brilliant concept utilizes unused vertical urban areas (and some people power) to create plenty of parking.

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Test Friends: The World's 7 Most Amazing Lab Animals

These 7 amazing lab animals have, through their sacrifices, improved the efficacy of medical treatments and extended the lifespans of humans and animals alike.

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12 Seemingly Vegan & Vegetarian Foods That Really Aren't

Don't mindlessly munch on peanuts, chips or Hostess cakes; all of these seemingly vegan products and more are often full of gross animal-derived ingredients.

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