The top ten posts of the week, all lit up with LEDs
TreeHugger was on skeleton staff this week, but those not traipsing around Las Vegas used their MacGyver-like skills to cobble posts together out of old yarn, coconut oil, squished light bulbs and a bit of canvas.
10. MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson rode 5,641 miles from Minnesota to Alaska when he was 17
The hair! The sunglasses! And now we learn, the bike!
9. Do small apartments really pose a health risk?
Tiny houses and apartments are big subjects of discussion these days, but is it healthy to cram people into small spaces like this? Kim notes that it "t it seems rather tenuous to link mental health risks with a micro-unit design that incorporates generous common spaces to improve the overall living experience."
8. Urban Rough Sleeper: Expandable backpack shelter for the homeless
© Ragnhild Lübbert Terpling
It is "an expandable, multifunctional mobile backpack shelter for homeless individuals sleeping rough on city streets, also doubling as portable storage for possessions." But it is also a clever bivy sack design that might be used for camping. The discussion in comments raises a lot of interesting issues.
7. The Faraday Bike is the prettiest electric assist bicycle you will ever see
Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0
Hidden among the dross of cellphone cases and celebrity headphones at CES was the absolutely lovely gem of a Faraday electric assist bicycle.
6. This looks like a fluorescent tube, but it's actually a 41% more efficient LED lamp
This doesn't look like much, but it is really important, an LED replacement for the 12 billion fragile glass mercury filled fluorescent tubes in stores and offices around the world.
5. Innovative Philips SlimStyle LED bulb goes on sale for $9.97 (short review)
© Michael Graham Richard
This doesn't look like much either, but Philips is innovating again, figuring out how to build an LED replacement bulb without the big heavy and expensive heat sink. They just flatten the bulb and increase the surface area, and spread the LEDs out along the edge. Brilliant.
4. How to keep your hands moisturized during winter
veganbaking/CC BY 2.0
This is really interesting: commercial hand lotions have "polyethylene gycol (PEG), designed to help moisturizers penetrate the skin. Remember that PEG opens up pores, which allows every other hazardous chemical swifter access to blood vessels." Katherine offers an alternative.
3. Skinny micro-housing designs lets you live between buildings
© Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
There is often a lot of space wasted between houses. Here's a proposal to put skinny houses between them. Perfect for the narrow-minded.
2. Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour
"What if there was a DIY vehicle platform that was not only affordable, but also street-legal, open source, and versatile, with the option for an electric drivetrain or an integrated hybrid engine?" That would be pretty cool. Most people would have trouble getting it out of the packaging in less than an hour, but it looks like a great dune buggy.
1. "Why bother knitting a scarf?"
Jenia M/CC BY 2.0
Katherine gives four good reasons. How she has time, I have no idea.