The top 10 posts of the week from bikes in the sky to tiny houses
It was a light week on TreeHugger as the holidays continued, but there was some good stuff rising to the top of the froth.
10. London will have bike highways in the sky
© Foster and Partners
There was an immediate negative reaction to Lord Foster's flying bikeways from cyclists in comments, writing "If there's no room for bike infrastructure, THERE'S NO ROOM FOR CARS." But bike highways are no different than car highways in that they attract traffic volume, meaning there will be more bikes in the streets, not fewer. It will increase congestion, not reduce it. Not that this will ever happen anyway.
9. New and improved PowerPot X is lighter, more powerful
© Power Practical
Forget camping, this is the perfect product for a blackout (if you have a gas stove or a fireplace)
8. Multivitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money, doctors say
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This is the kind of third rail issue that you don't want to touch, drawing all kinds of comments from people devoted to their supplements. "Vitamins are no substitute for a good diet, but to ignore the potential benefits for certain niche markets shows incredible bias. Very sad."
7. The history of the Etch-A-Sketch as told on an Etch-A-Sketch
Just a quick little link to a cute little video, but very popular!
6. The easiest way to tell if you have healthy soil
Growing Your Greens/Video screen capture
In three words: Look at it.
5. Which U.S. states have the best and worst drivers?
Key takeaway: Avoid Louisiana.
4. Closed-loop futuristic recycled water shower reduces bills by $1,300 (Video)
Really, there isn't much stuff in shower water, and it is easily filtered out. So why not recirculate it? Perhaps because a surprising number of our commenters pee in the shower.
3. Students invent a better cardboard box: The Rapid Packing Container
Invention Factory/Screen capture
Two undergraduate students at Cooper Union have built a better box, which could make a huge difference in the packing and shipping business, by saving time, money, and resources, and perhaps causing the shipping industry to beat a path to their door.
2. Seeing is believing: Look at how much New York City has progressed in the past 5 years (video)
You don't have to have a crackhead for a mayor to be impressed with what has happened in New York over the last few years, what an amazing transformation. Let's hope it keeps up.
1. The Tiny Project: "Less house! More Life!"
© The Tiny Project
It was clear when doing the year end review that TreeHugger readers really love posts about tiny houses. Alek Lisefski has designed and built a gem of one, so it should be no surprise that it is the most popular post of the week.