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Branch Out With15 Home Furnishings Inspired by Trees

Never underestimate the simple beauty of a branch, a leaf, a section of a trunk. Trees have inspired the design of entire buildings, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of furniture designs, decorative items and other household objects that have taken visual and symbolic cues from these crucial elements of our natural world.
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Food & Health History & Trivia

Chew On This: 10 Strange & Unusual Meat Jerkies

Jerky, or dried lean meat, dates from the days before electric refrigerators and freezers when fresh meat needed to be preserved quickly and safely. Its growing popularity today is no surprise: jerky makes a high-protein, low calorie snack and it can be made from almost any kind of meat… including these ten rather surprising ones.
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Art & Design

Arboreal Architecture: Taking Inspiration from Trees

Where would we be without trees? They’re such an important part of the natural world, it’s no surprise that trees inspire art, design and architecture with their elegance, strength and sense of history. These 14 architectural works, including memorials, restaurants, commercial structures and public pavilions, have taken visual and symbolic cues from trees in both […]
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Art & Design

Found Object Art: 13 Sculptures Made of Reclaimed Items

The term ‘recycled art’ is fairly new, but found object art has been around at least since Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 work ‘Fountain‘, which consisted simply of a used urinal. Artists have been salvaging materials from car parts to kitchen utensils for decades, for inclusion in sculptures, paintings, drawing, collages and other examples of ‘found art’. […]
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Art & Design Geography & Travel

Designing Dream Travel: 14 Spectacular Eco Hotels

These 14 hotels aren’t just self-contained, pre-fabricated, eco-friendly wonders, they’re also standout designs of the jaw-dropping variety. In fact, they’re so beautiful and strange, you’ll hardly believe that they’re real, but you’ll be tempted to book at least one of them right away. After all, who wouldn’t want to sleep in a swinging bed suspended […]
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Food & Health Geography & Travel Nature & Ecosystems

Water Colors: 10 Unnaturally Dyed Polluted Rivers

This is not your father’s white water rafting… or any other color rafting for that matter, since you wouldn’t want to bring a raft or anyone on it anywhere near these bizarrely colored rivers. Tinted by toxins, dyed by discharges and flush out of fish, the startling hues of these 10 ravaged rivers are red cards against those who so monumentally mismanage these precious resources.
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Art & Design

Cool Creations: 20 Imaginative & Strange Ice Sculptures

In the hands of a talented ice artist, a massive block of frozen water transforms into working musical instruments, full-scale vehicles and entire life-sized villages. In fact, ice can be used in imaginative and sometimes strange ways – as jewelry, boats that (sort of) float and even lenses that can start fires. Check out these […]
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Fire Away: 7 Amazing Animal Dragons

2012 is the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac and the Dragon is the only one of the horoscope’s 12 animals to be wholly mythical… or is it? These 7 amazing animal dragons may not fit the outsized, leather-winged, fire-breathing draconian stereotype but by chance or by design, by name or by nature, they’re the closest things there are today to actual real-life dragons.
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