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It must have been a heat wave, with a lot of stories about keeping cool and a preoccupation with air conditioning. And of course, there's going to be a shipping container in there somewhere.

Beat the Heat: Begrudging Acceptance of Sweating

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Mat writes an important post about sweat.

You know what, for the sake our ourselves, our society and our planet we need to seriously get past worrying about sweating in public. Despite advertising trying to convince us that sweating is unnatural, unstylish, and nearly anti-social, the fact of the matter is that sweating is an essential biological part of the human experience.

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The Air Conditioned Nightmare: China and India Like To Be Cool Too.

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A look at the exploding consumption of air conditioners and the power to run them.

We know that we can't live without air conditioning. But it is going to get increasingly difficult to live with it.

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Three Coal Trains Derailed Just in the Last Week

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Brian writes:

Environmentalists are pointing to the three serious coal train derailments that occurred in just the last week as evidence that increasing freight traffic poses a threat to the environment, the local economy, and public safety.

But if there is one good thing that you can say about coal, it doesn't blow up the same way a tanker train does.

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You CAN Be Too Thin: Apple Dumps Sustainable Design Principle For a Few Millimeters and A Smooth Bottom For Design Fetishists To Fondle

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It's the big trend in computer design: thinner, lighter. But....

At some point you can be too thin, when you discard some of the most fundamental principles of sustainable design, like the concept of Design for Disassembly. It has become increasingly important in the construction of buildings, furniture, cars, and indeed electronics; it is central to the principles of Cradle to Cradle design. Apple has tossed out this fundamental principle for a little more sex appeal.

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Toxic Tomatoes: What Urban Gardeners Should Know

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Christine reminds us that as the urban gardening boom continues to grow, it is important to teach people tips on how to ensure the food they grow is safe for eating after all their labors of love.

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Shipping Container Architecture Is So Trendy That In China, They Are Making Knock-offs

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Really, fake Louis Vuitton bags are one thing, but shipping containers? Here is a hotel built out of boxes made to look like shipping containers, but when you look closely, it is clear that they are fakes. Talk about jumping the shark.

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Just a Huge Tree From a Long Time Ago...

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Mike "Randomly stumbled across this photo of a huge sequoia tree from Sequoia National Park on the internets and thought you guys & gals might also enjoy seeing it."

Just a Huge Tree From a Long Time Ago...

"As If From Nowhere" Hides Table and Chairs In Plain Sight

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This was so clever, albeit not exactly ergonomic.

As if from nowhere… is an independently functioning bookcase which houses four dining chairs and two tables that when placed together form a dining table. It is intended for small living spaces or for those who wish to cater to the unexpected guest.

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