Nature & Ecosystems

Fun Fungi: World’s Brightest Glow-in-the-Dark Mushroom

One of the world’s brightest glow-in-the-dark mushrooms was first spotted in Brazil in 1840, when an English botanist named George Gardner spotted a group of children playing with a glowing object in the streets. It was virtually forgotten for 170 years, until a pair of primatologists studying monkeys saw a strange glowing object at the […]
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Art & Design Food & Health

Diagnostic Ink: The Skinny On Medical Tattoos

Depending on what you read and where you read it, Medical Tattoos are either a hot new trend or an unnecessary, invasive and intrusive way to advertise individuality. Those who sport them, however, know one thing for certain: their potentially lifesaving tats will follow them anywhere, anytime and anyplace.
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Avant Garde Gardening: 15 Modern Tools & Accessories

Sleek, simple and sophisticated, the modern garden does away with ornate fripperies for a look that’s almost architectural in nature. If you keep your garden up to the times, why not do the same for your gardening tools and implements? These 15 modern gardening accessories are unexpectedly stylish, emphasizing clean lines, fine craftsmanship, portability and […]
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Art & Design

Artist Transforms Abandoned Building into Life-Size Dollhouse

Abandoned houses are so often imbued with a sense of sadness and loss – the feeling that someone’s memories are crumbling before your eyes. Artist Heather Benning found such a home when she took a position as an artist-in-residence in the rural community of Redvers, Saskatchewan – but what she saw was the possibility for […]
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Nature & Ecosystems

Plants for the End of the World: 15 Survivalist Species

They thrive in the world’s hottest deserts, the highest peaks and in sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic tundra. They die – or seem to – and then come back to life. They push and climb and overtake everything in their path. These 15 extreme plants have serious survival instincts, some adapting to the world’s harshest […]
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Technology & Gadgets

Simple Recycled Paper Speakers Amplify Your iPhone

It’s hard not to be drawn in by all the latest gadgets, even when you know they’re going to be obsolete within years or even months. But all of those cell phones, mP3 players and accessories are on the fast track to the landfill, where they can leak toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater. […]
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Technology & Gadgets

Life-Saving Low-Tech: 11 Ideal Third-World Gadgets

How can we manage the needs of the multiplying human population when so many people are already lacking such basic necessities as clean drinking water and a safe source of light? Technology can achieve some amazing things, but many of the solutions offered by the latest high-tech innovations are too expensive to be practical. These […]
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