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Aw, the cutest bat on Earth has been found and it looks like a toy panda

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 14 January 2014

Remember the panda ant we featured some time back? Now a rare bat that sports a coat of black and white coat of fur has been discovered in South Sudan’s Bangangai Game Reserve. Nicknamed the ‘panda bat’, the genus Niumbaha superba is a league of its own. As biology associate professor DeeAnn Reeder, who discovered […]

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A beard nest: guy raises duckling with his beard

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 9 January 2014

Redditor Spongi, or Brian from Ohio, found a useful purpose for his long and shaggy beard when he found a duck egg mixed in with a bunch of chicken eggs. He turned it into a beard nest. With the cute little duckling not having mom to keep him/her (he hasn’t determined the gender yet) warm under her wing, Brian took it upon himself to be mother-duck.

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Aussies take note: checking your Twitter feed can now save you from shark attacks

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 2 January 2014

With Western Australia being the world’s deadliest place for shark attacks, scientists have taken a modern approach to helping swimmers and surfers avoid these ocean predators. Almost 400 sharks have been outfitted with transmitters that announce their nearby presence via Twitter, specifically on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) feed. Basically, it’s Foursquare for sharks.

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Yes, this praying mantis is pink and looks like an orchid

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 28 December 2013

The Orchid Mantis, also called the Walking Flower Mantis, or for you science buffs out there, Hymenopus coronatus, is a mantis that relies on flower power for survival. While the praying mantis’ favourite colour is green, the orchid mantis prefers something more feminine, the colour pink. It uses this pink camouflage to disguise itself to […]

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Moss graffiti, greening the streets one wall at a time

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 25 December 2013

Spray paint can be so environmentally unfriendly, no? Multidisciplinary designer Anna Garforth, who is based in East London, often works with adorning walls with bio-degradable public art in the form of moss graffiti. The geometric one she did for an architecture firm is especially pretty.

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Giant 6000-year-old Baobab tree in South Africa harbors a pub in its trunk

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 24 December 2013

The Sunland Baobab in Limpopo, standing at 72-feet tall, is one of the oldest trees on Earth. Its extraordinary 155-feet girth hides rather spacious interiors — the trunk naturally hollows out after a thousand years. The owners of the land the tree stands on actually fitted out a cosy pub within the trunk so that […]

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Poisonous toad skins recycled into luxury accessories

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 5 December 2013

Australians, countrymen, we must all rise up against the cane toads that are overrunning the South Sea Islands and turn them into the most fashionable accessories ever! KOBJA, a brand that makes fashionable accessories for men and women has come up with a controversial way to help curb the rising toad population. You see, Australia […]

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Waste House: a remarkable house built entirely from trash

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Friday 29 November 2013

This brand new house was made from nothing more then wast materials. The Waste House project is a collaborative effort between BBM Architects and Brighton students passionate about sustainable building. All sorts of rejected trash was collected and re-purposed for the two-story structure. Built on the Brighton campus, the house is not actually lived in. Instead, it serves […]

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The smallest Armadillo species in the world: the Pink Fairy Armadillo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 18 November 2013

It looks more like a mythical creature but this is in fact the smallest armadillo in the world. It weighs in around 100 grams (3.5 oz) and fits into your hand (if you’d want to touch it, that is). It’s covered in silky, white hair and its hard outer covering is rich in blood vessels […]

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Meet Ippo the Italian Zonkey

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 15 November 2013

What do you get when love knows no boundaries? A Zonkey! Ok I can explain this. At an animal reserve in Florence, Italy, a zebra by the name of Martin apparently had some mating feels for Giada, the donkey. One day, Martin jumped the fence separating the two animals and something magical happened. 12 months […]

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Fancy cars made with reclaimed wood

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Friday 15 November 2013

Just because you pay a lot for a car doesn’t mean it actually came from the ‘finest ingredients’ available. Your fancy new car may very well be made of reclaimed materials these days. The most recent installment in this trend showed up in Pininfarina’s 2012 Cambiano. The car’s reclaimed wood interior design made its first appearance at […]

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The Fennec Fox is the most adorable animal in the world

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 8 November 2013

A wild Pokémon appeared! Oh wait, false alarm. It’s just a Fennec Fox, quite possibly the new Cutest Animal in the World title holder (I’m sorry pandas and sloths, you had your 15 minutes of fame). Photographer Cherl Kim has been taking photos of these adorable creatures at South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland Resort. According to Kim, the Fennec Fox has been the most popular – and most photogenic – animal in his Flickr photo stream.

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All aboard for the moving city of the future

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 7 November 2013

If you’ve got itchy feet, maybe packing your bags will be a thing of the past in the future, thanks to actual roaming cities. According to Achitizer, the concept of the moving city will actually work if someone has enough cajones to build this structure. The project was first proposed in the 1960s by British […]

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Owl cafes are now a thing in Japan

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 6 November 2013

Those with ornithophobia, turn away now—here is your worst nightmare. Lovers of Harry Potter, owls and quirky cafes, this one’s for you! We’ve all heard about the cat cafes and dog cafes all over Asia, but what about the newest trend—owl cafes! Known as ‘fukurou’ in Japan, these hangouts are all the rage and serve owl themed foods and drinks, and of course, serve plenty of good times with a bunch of real owls perched around the place.

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This outdoor movie drive-in theater comes with cars

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Brooklyn-based artists Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler are the ones behind Empire Drive-In, a drive-in movie theater complete with viewing seats repurposed from junkyard cars. Now, this is a drive-in theater you can walk into. The theater installation now makes its rounds at festivals and events such as the 2012 Abandon Normal Devices Festival in […]

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