The top ten posts of the week, from zero waste to jellyfish waste
10. New smartphone battery fully charges in 30 seconds, was inspired by nature© StoreDot Ltd
Thirty seconds? I want it now!
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9. Is it real or is it rendering? Who cares, it's gorgeous© Denis Svirid
We have a poll at the end of this post, and right now it is really, really close among real, rendering and who cares. Cast your vote!
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8. When life gives you invasive jellyfish.... turn them into paper towels and diapers!Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
The best kind of invention is one that makes lemonade out of lemons. Jellyfish aren't quite taking over the world's oceans, but they are certainly causing big problems, enough for all kinds of original ways of reducing their numbers to have been proposed. The best that I've seen so far comes from research initially done at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
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7. Thai Dome home built of blocks for $ 9,000© Steve Areen via Designboom
The builder writes:
The cost for the basic structure was under $6000. It took a few more weeks to add the details, such as doors, screens, pond, upstairs structure, stonework and landscaping. All this, including furnishings, was under $3000. ..Bringing my total cost to about $9,000. Please keep in mind this is in cost-friendly Thailand...
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6. 11 steps toward going “zero waste” in the bedroomjm3/CC BY 2.0
Really good points that have nothing to do with minimalism, really!
5. Chic Tennessee treehouse hideaway built for $1,500© ModFruGal
Nashville, Tennessee-based blogger and mother of two boys ModFruGal built this modernist but down-to-earth little house among the trees for less than $1,500.
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4. Latest look at the Lawrence Livermore graph that tells you everything you need to know about America's energy useLawrence Livermore National Laboratory/ Department of Energy/ click for larger version/Public Domain
Really, studying this graph turns everything you think you know about what we have to do to cut our carbon footprint upside down.
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3. Meet the ELF: An American-built solar-powered trike© Organic Transit
I so want one of these.
2. 7 DIY seed pots from common household items for starting seeds indoorsSamantha/CC BY 3.0 Here is a pile of ideas, from toilet paper tubes to egg cartons, that let you start your seeds from stuff you have hanging around the house. More: 7 DIY seed pots from common household items for starting seeds indoors
1.Natural air conditioner cools with the power of terracotta and evaporation© Thibault Faverie
Using clay to cool things naturally is a low-tech method that's been known and used for centuries. Though clay has made an appearance in cool-looking refrigerator designs, Swiss designer Thibault Faverie's Cold Pot is a natural and simple air conditioner that uses clay and the power of evaporation to cool down temperatures in a low-tech energy-efficient fashion.
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