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The beautiful simplicity of bird nests around the world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Tuesday 2 December 2014

Bird Nests is a project by photographer Sharon Beals, which captures nest and egg specimens that were collected over two centuries. The nests and eggs are used for research by The California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

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This one-piece outfit provides GPS, Wi-Fi and air-cleaning technologies

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 28 November 2014

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You wouldn’t know it just by looking at it, but this one-piece suit has electrical threads woven into the fabric to enable it to provide GPS, Wi-Fi, and air-cleaning technologies. First, how on earth does it clean the air? One of the designers explained that ‘cold plasma technology is a really high voltage that splits up the particles in the air.

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This kitty toy smells like your cat because, well, it’s made of its own fur

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 28 November 2014

If your kitty sheds hair like nobody’s business and coughs out fur balls even as we speak, you may want to take up kitty crafting. And by that, we mean recycling kitty’s fur into a toy for itself! Called needle felting, it involves stabbing a barbed needle repeatedly into some fleece so as to mold […]

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Fact: The Ice Age happened in Australia, too

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

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Think ‘ice age’, and you’d probably think about Antarctica. Maybe we napped our way through geography classes when we were young enough to be in school… still, who knew that there’s rather compelling geographical evidence to show that Hallett Cove Conservation Park has seen the ice age 280 million or so years ago?

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Why do rivers have curves? This video will enlighten you

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Why do some rivers have twisting, winding, zig-zagging paths and others don’t? Because real rivers have curves, ok maybe not, there’s actually a more scientific reason for this. In the 2-minute video below, YouTube channel ‘Minute Earth’ gives us the easy and very fascinating explanation.

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Eek! Meet Toby, the 9-month-old rat who’s performing on Broadway

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 22 November 2014

It’s the dream of every stage actor to perform on Broadway, and now a rat is living many an aspiring actor’s dream. Yep, a 9-month-old albino female live rat named Toby has been performing on Broadway with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time production.

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This flower turns amazingly transparent when touched by raindrops

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 18 November 2014

The Diphylleia Grayi is a wonderfully unique flower whose petals turn clear as glass when it’s splattered with raindrops. Commonly referred to as the skeleton flower, it hails from the moist wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of China and Japan. The flowers come out in late spring, with large, fuzzy green, umbrella-like foliage topped […]

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This amazing online platform shows your life in a larger context

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By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Monday 17 November 2014

How has the world changed since you were born? How have you changed for that matter, and how have you changed the world? All these questions are answered by BBC Earth’s fantastic new interactive feature. Your Life on Earth presents a enlightening array of facts related to your stay on this planet.

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This concept device converts used plastic bottles into clothing before your eyes

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By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Monday 17 November 2014

Do you ever find yourself wondering what exactly happens to all the plastic bottles you chuck in the recycling, does anything actually come of it or does it all just end up in the same place anyway? Hungarian designer Kovács Apor helps us to imagine a future where you can cut out all the middle men and contain the whole recycling process within your house. Apor’s concept design for PETE is a wall-mounted feature into which you feed your empty plastic bottles.

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When the time comes, would you like to leave this world and come back as a tree?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 14 November 2014

Since we leave enough carbon footprints as it is, maybe we can pay back Mother Nature after we’ve kicked the bucket by returning as a tree? Catalan artist and product designer Gerard Moline has come up with the eco body disposal solution for us with his production of Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose.

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Go on a rainforest conservation adventure in Australia’s far north Queensland

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Friday 14 November 2014

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If you’ve always wanted to make the earth a greener place, and you’re willing to forego that luxurious vacation, embarking on an Australian conservation volunteer holiday might be your dream come true! Over five days, you’ll have the opportunity to work with conservation volunteers and assist scientists at the CSIRO and James Cook University in vegetation measurements at several key plot sites in the lowland rainforest based around the beautiful Cape Tribulation.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: The mimic octopus tastes with its suckers, sees with its skin, and can take on the shape of just about anything!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 10 November 2014

Listen up-if you thought dolphins, sea lions or even otters were the most intelligent creatures under the sea, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Let me introduce you to the mimic octopus. Just over half a metre long, the mimic octopus is capable of impersonating other sea creatures (such as poisonous fish, jellyfish and sea snakes) in order to avoid danger. In fact, most of the creatures the mimic octopus imitates are poisonous.

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In Australia, there’s a bat hospital that takes care of abandoned baby bats

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 6 November 2014

In Atherton, Australia, nurses and doctors lovingly take care of abandoned babies until they are big enough to fend for themselves. Though we’re not talking about human babies here, we’re talking about baby bats!

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Queensland’s Coconut Island is your under-the-radar destination, with less than 200 inhabitants and crystal clear waters

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Wednesday 5 November 2014

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If you’re searching for an idyllic paradise where fewer than 200 people live, you should definitely head straight to Coconut Island. Here is where paradise lies, just 10 degrees south of the equator and 130 kilometres northeast of Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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Watch as a meteorite is captured on video exploding!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Photographer Wes Eisenhauer has taken some pretty extraordinary footage of the night sky you’ll want to see. While filming a timelapse of the Milky Way Galaxy on October 16, Eisenhauer captured a fireball in the sky that seemed to spontaneously explode.

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