The top ten posts of the week, with bunnies
10. Is this the washing machine of the future? It uses 90% less water but there's a catch...© Xeros
See also 6. New York and California propose bans on microplastics found in cosmetics. Are the beads in this washing machine going to be a hazard?
9. Bucketlight grows plants to liven up green-starved offices© Roderick Vos
Dutch designer Roderick Vos combines the visual delight of potted plants with lighting in his Bucketlight design, which is made to hang above the work environment to give a more vibrant atmosphere.
8. The next breakthrough for a bike-friendly world: Protected intersections! (video)ProtectedIntersections.com/Screen capture
Urban planner Nick Falbo has been studying Dutch intersections and has adapted the solutions used there to keep cyclists safe to the US urban environment. He made this really, really great video to explain how it works. Really, you have to watch this. Production quality is impressive and everything is well explained. I hope that it spreads like wildfire among urban planners.
7. Would you buy a carrot that looked like this at the supermarket?© Tim Smyth (used with permission), "Defective Carrots" by Tim Smyth, published by Bemojake
What a descriptive term: Defective Carrots.
These carrots are also a sad reminder of how removed consumers are from food production, now that most people no longer grow their own food or pull alien-like vegetables out of the dirt firsthand. We’ve become so accustomed to eating the picture-perfect produce that shows up on supermarket shelves that we hardly stop to think about what goes on behind the scenes to make it that way.
6. New York and California propose bans on microplastics found in cosmetics© Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres. Microplastics found in Lake Michigan.
Here's a race to cheer for: New York and California are neck-in-neck to become the first state to ban microbeads in body wash and other cosmetics. The tiny plastic bits that serve as exfoliants in personal care products are so small that they slip through municipal wastewater treatment, and end up in lakes, rivers and oceans. Once introduced to the aquatic environment, they are ingested by fish and other wildlife.
5. What should the speed limit be for cars in cities?© Copenhagenize.com
We have been on the case about speed limits for years; Mikael of Copenhagenize puts it all into a nice graphic.
4. Does shipping container architecture make sense? One builder who's tried it looks at both sides.© Drawing by Steve; see real photos on his website
Shipping containers are such a meme, but do they make good buildings? Here is a report from someone who actually built with them.
3. 7 Powerful reasons why you should switch to reusable menstrual products© Zmunki, pinklemonadeshop, Aaylas
Whether you are looking for a better and healthier alternative, or you are engaging in a bit of menstrual activism, here are six compelling reasons why you should switch to a reusable choice for your period.
2. Orange juice? That's like drinking soda for breakfast!Stephane/CC BY 2.0
The story of orange juice is actually pretty interesting, but the stuff isn't as good for you as you think it is.
Juice of any kind is not particularly healthy, and contains as much sugar as a can of soda, which is the last thing children struggling with obesity or diabetes need in their diets.
1. Japan's rabbit island might be the cutest place on EarthVitaly Petrukhin/Video screen capture
So this must be the place they film all those thirty second movie re-enactments with bunnies.