Latest Stories in Natural Sciences - Page 299

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    The Sound of Bells from Everest

    August 28, 1:16 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    You’d imagine that mountaineers that would have a very healthy respect for the environment in which they play, especially if the mountain was Everest. Unfortunately it has only been in last few years that environmental responsibility has become more

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    More Suburbanities Growing Their Own Food

    August 26, 12:09 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    The Corvallis Gazette-Times is reporting that many backyard farmers say they're growing food out of a fear that much of the commercially grown food found at the supermarket isn't safe. For example, Jules Dervaes and three of his four grown children work

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    Sustainable "Serenity Bench"

    August 20, 10:35 AM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    What makes this curved-back garden bench a bit different? It's made of kapur wood, a Southeast Asian hardwood which is almost as dense as teak but is much more affordable. Kapur is also certified by the Tropical Forest Trust due to its responsible

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    Erosion Stopping Geogrid from Saxon Textile Research Institute

    August 13, 1:23 AM by Christine Lepisto in Natural Sciences

    Overcoming technological obstacles in available production capabilities, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (under the project leadership of Dr. Monika Seeger) has developed a new geogrid capable of stabilizing soils on steep

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    Etra Collection from Modern Outdoor

    August 11, 4:30 AM by Collin Dunn in Natural Sciences

    From Modern Outdoor, the company that brought us this cool planter, comes their Etra Collection. As with the rest of Modern Outdoor's products, the pieces in Etra are constructed with either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), International Timber Treaty

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    Recycled Water to Make Snow

    August 1, 5:06 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    Strange as it might seem this is very topical story right now. ‘Coz right after writing this post, I’m heading off for a spot of backcountry skiing. In the southern hemisphere it’s winter and even in Australia that means snow. Both natural and man-made.

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    The "Light Bench" by Runge

    July 26, 12:25 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    This bench features FSC certified tropical wood and integrated LED lighting. We're not a fan of unnecessary outside light, but the illumination here is subdued — a green glow via LEDs. Runge, in a company in Germany, designs and manufactures

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    Hydra Canoes

    July 21, 7:44 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    With the demise, last year, of recycled high density polypethylene (HDPE) kayak maker, Walden, we went looking for an alternative. We admit that our search ran out of steam, under the weight of too many other projects. But we did alight upon Hydra from

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    Organic Lawn Furniture

    July 13, 8:14 AM by Kara DiCamillo in Natural Sciences

    One of our tipsters, Sheila S., was "tickled pink" at an eco-fair in Fairfield, IA, about a month ago. Why, you ask? Sheila came across a sod sofa on display, however, "it was very freshly assembled so I couldn't test out its comfy factor" she

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    July 12, 12:19 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    People, there's too much concrete in the world and most of it is entirely unnecessary. Rubbersidewalks are great, and here's a product that intelligently replaces the need for a hard surfaces too. Biopavers are specially designed pavers that catch storm

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    Modular & Sustainable Walkways: Mr Boardwalk

    July 8, 12:00 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    I'm so glad someone makes these: low-impact, modular walkways made out of sustainable timber. The company, Mister Boardwalk, even makes "roll out" walkways that simply roll out on top of grass, wood chips, sand, gravel or old concrete. The company

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    Nextfest Greenery: Earthbox Planter Boxes

    June 29, 8:36 AM by Dominic Muren in Natural Sciences

    I got to take a trip out to Wired's Nextfest this last weekend, and despite the overwhelming presence of military technologies, some great sustainable champions were strutting their stuff as well. One of these groups was The Growing Connection, a

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    Pump-a-bike: Hop on a Hydrofoil

    June 22, 8:32 AM by Dominic Muren in Natural Sciences

    When you think of a hydrofoil, chances are, it's some crazy missile-equipped, laser guided, James Bond contraption. It's definitely not a human powered vehicle designed to make your next lake party a crazy amount of fun. But that's exactly what the

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    Ecoflame: Sugar Cane Cooking Fuel

    June 4, 2:06 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Ecoflame is a cooking fuel made out of sugar cane. Apparently it burns cleaner, hotter and more efficiently than petroluem-based fuels. It's an ethanol-based fuel made from natural sugar cane alcohol. Sugar cane is a renewable resource, but it does

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    Biodegradable Leaf Bags

    June 1, 1:00 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Many communities have banned the use of regular plastic bags for yard waste removal, because polyethylene-based plastic bags can not be composted with the yard waste or burned. The best solution is to allow wet grass clippings be left on the lawn, where

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    Hemp Hammocks

    June 1, 2:12 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    If ever there was a match made in the empyrean, it's hammocks and hemp. Hemp twine is the toughest out there, and it is mildew resistant and UV tolerant. When hemp is exposed to warmth and the sun, it softens (in a good way). CommunityMade.Com makes a

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    Man Makes Wind Powered Pond Aerator, Sells It on EBay

    May 24, 12:06 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Scott Hite has made a pond aerator that is powered only by the wind. You could install in your pond for aeration purposes. But it will also attract sightseers interested in capturing a photograph of an alien space probe. It is suitable for ponds up to 8

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    The BBC's eco-friendly garden design contest

    May 23, 8:05 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    A few months ago, in the context of their Planet Under Pressure series, the BBC asked its readers to "design a garden which is a relaxing green space for you, your family and friends, uses natural resources in a sustainable way and encourages a wide


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