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This is what ice looks like when it peels perfectly off a leaf

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Ah nature, you never cease to amaze! Reddit user ‘SearonTrejorek’ recently posted this photo of a leaf-shaped ice sheet, which he peeled off from a Magnolia tree in the Hardin Gardens of Winthrop University.

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Turn your junk mail into beautiful paper artwork using a very simple invention

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art, New Design, New Eco on Friday 12 September 2014

Hate junk mail as much as the rest of us? Then you probably need this junk mail press by Vert Aussie designer Andrew Simpson and global designer collective Supercyclers. The junk mail press is made from aluminium and has interchangeable parts that allow you to create differently shaped objects, such as bowls, plates, cups, and coasters.

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Damselflies look almost human-like when photographed up close

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 5 September 2014

Remus Tiplea has a special talent for capturing the beauty in almost everything. This amateur photographer from Romania only started shooting back in 2009, and since then, has taken on some extraordinary subjects, one being the majestic damselflies.

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Meet the most honourable fowl in Japan (but don’t expect to take its eggs out of the country)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!

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This immortal jellyfish can live forever, so long as it keeps mating!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Amazing news, The secret to eternal life has been cracked and it turns out it’s been under our noses this whole time! There is one small hitch though… if you’re keen on living forever it looks like you may also have to become a tentacley mass of jelly.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: cardboard sheet school desks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 1 September 2014

A single sheet of cardboard can’t do much, right? Wrong! In India, many children go to school but don’t have the luxury of sitting behind a desk. To address this issue, the nonprofit organization Aarambh created a necessity out of a single sheet of cardboard: a school desk. The Bombay-based nonprofit worked with designers to come up with the desk design from a simple sheet of cardboard.

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This adorable video of a beluga playing with kids has sad implications

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 28 August 2014

You might have already seen this adorable video of a beluga whale in the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut ‘playing’ peek-a-boo with two kids. It’s understandable if you had a good laugh and some ‘awwww’ moments. We did too. But according to experts, the animal was definitely not playing, but rather, being aggressive. ‘The open mouth and posturing are typical of the way cetaceans express aggression and I’ve seen a lot in captivity in the very same circumstances. This poor animal is telling the kids: ‘Get away’. It’s a threat’, Dr. Marino, a beluga behavior specialist at the Kimmela Center, told The Dodo.

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This chicken’s body is all black, even the organs, meat, and bones!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Prepare to meet the so-called Lamborghini of Poultry. This is the Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia. It’s a rare breed of chicken, and you can probably see why. Everything about it is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is not black is it’s blood – though it comes in a very dark shade.

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In Russia, a family made a pack of wolves their pets

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Back in 2009 in the Russian town of Zacherevye, local gamekeeper Oleg Selekh adopted a pack of wolves and made them his family’s pets. Since then, the wolves and his family have been inseparable, with their ten-year-old daughter, Alisa, often seen riding her pet’s back and frolicking in the grass. In one of the photos […]

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Elephant uses car to scratch its belly and scares the heck out of the people inside

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 21 August 2014

If you have an itch you can’t reach, sometimes you got to use anything nearby to help relieve the torture – including a car. In Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, an elephant used a passing VW Polo to scratch its back and belly, giving the vehicle’s occupants the scare of their lives.

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Seriously, is there anything more adorable than a new born gorilla?

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Eco on Thursday 21 August 2014

What’s not to love about this unnamed baby gorilla who arrived into the world last Saturday at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. The offspring of mother Ndjole, a Western lowland gorilla, and father Togo, a silverback Western lowland gorilla, the poor little thing failed to bond immediately with its mother and so is […]

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Scrubba, the washing machine that fits in your bag: we interviewed the inventor

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 9 August 2014

What sorcery is this? A washing machine that fits in my bag? Hard to believe, but it’s true. The Scrubba wash bag is the world’s smallest washing machine, weighing a mere 180 grams. It’s basically a flexible washboard that’s stored inside a sealable bag. Great for people who go to places without a laundry facility or who are too cheap to have their clothes serviced.

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Buying Jurassic poop for US$10,000 is justified after reading this marketing spiel about it

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 8 August 2014

Six fossilized jurassic specimens have been auditioned off this week with prices reaching up to US$10,000. That’s pretty expensive for some prehistoric shit. But if you read their description provided by I.M Chait Gallery of Beverly Hills, one may be forgiven for thinking they’re almost reluctant to give up their precious poop. Here’s an example: […]

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Need to clear unwanted vegetation? Rent a herd of hungry goats and make them happy!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 5 August 2014

We know Chicago’s O’hare International airport got a bunch of goats to take care of landscaping last year. Now it looks like you can do the same with the help of Rent-A-Ruminant, a company located on Vashon Island in Seattle with a 120-strong herd of rescued goats.

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Sicily’s Mount Etna blew and it was amazing (and kinda hot)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 4 August 2014

You’ve probably heard of Sicily’s Mount Etna—but did you know she erupted this week? The eruption began on July 13th and though spectacular, it wasn’t a serious enough explosion to bring on any kind of evacuation in the villages nearby. The ‘stunning pyrotechnic display’ was the first of the year, with small lava flows rippling downhill in an incredible fashion.

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