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The Fennec Fox is the most adorable animal in the world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Crittercam recruits animals to spy on other animals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 28 October 2013

We have to take our hats off to National Geographic. They’ve been using the Crittercam, a camera designed specifically to be worn by all sorts of wild animals from lions to whales, to get a peek into their private lives first-hand. Some of the captured footage — such as the one of a sea lion […]

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Air New Zealand sending one adventurer on a dream assignment to Antarctica

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Eco on Thursday 17 October 2013

AdvertisementIf you’re passionate about the environment, then our friends at Air New Zealand have just the assignment for you. If selected, you’ll join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards to help raise awareness of the essential research projects being supported on the ice by Antarctica New Zealand.

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Expedition into in Southeast Suriname uncovers 60 new species

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Saturday 12 October 2013

Just when you think that we humans have explored and pilfered every square inch of our planet, someone like Trond Larsen goes to South America and reports discovering 60 new species there! His wild stories of adventure and mis-hap in Southeast Suriname lend an air of excitement and danger to his report of the three week […]

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Petition to name hurricanes after policy makers in denial about climate change

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 9 October 2013

Since 1954, the World Meterological Organization have been naming cyclones after nice people, so there are those among us who are unfortunate enough to share the same name as some very destructive forces of nature. It can’t be easy for all the Katrinas of the world. Which leads us to a recent Climate Name Change […]

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New study to track altruism in vampire bats

Lai Chow Reader Find

By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

This crowd-funded appeal to conduct non-invasive behaviorial experiments on vampire bats — which have been observed to be ‘extreme social cooperators’ — recently ended successfully. The research will use the vampire bat as a new model to answer questions such as ‘What social information do vampire bats use to decide whether to donate to others? […]

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The truth is out: Mice sing to warn rival mice

Lai Chow Reader Find

By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Research recently published in The American Naturalist has shown that two tribes of mice — Alston’s singing mouse and Chiriqui singing mouse — who share their living spaces in the cloud forests between Costa Rica and Panama, sing whenever they detect intruders of the other species on their turf. What can we say? There must […]

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Poll shows 18% of Americans want a pet dinosaur

Lai Chow Reader Find

By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

A public poll about animals and pets ran in June this year on 603 Americans, and now we are staring at this startling finding: asked to pick which animal they would like for an exotic pet, 18% went for a dinosaur. The extinct beast, however, found itself no match for at least two of its […]

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Turn your book cover inside out, then donate it

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Wednesday 2 October 2013

Mailbooks For Good encourages readers to donate their books to charity after they finish reading it. And spreading the love of reading has never been so easy thanks to the super clever packaging system they invented. Your book cover can be turned inside out and refolded to become a small package with pre-paid postage and the […]

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Cardboard this, that, and everything

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Thursday 19 September 2013

Gone are the days of messy crafting projects that look worse and cost much more then simply buying it from the store. With the rise of Pinterest, the internet has become much better at producing DIY projects that are simple, smart, and eco friendly. My favourite for the day is this set of sleek cardboard […]

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Hotel bed linen recycled as trendy tote bags

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Thursday 29 August 2013

Sleeping Bags is a project bent on breathing new life into retired hotel linens. Each tote features a cool print from an up-and-coming creative and boasts a sturdy, practical design. This company is all about keeping junk from ending up in a landfill somewhere. 

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Levitation bicycle has that minimalistic appeal

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 10 August 2013

Designed by Michael Strain, Ramerio Diaz and Brandon Hartley, the Levitation bicycle is an eco-friendly powerhouse that charges gadgets via a USB port using energy generated from zealous pedaling. It can even serve as a WiFi hotspot as well. The unusual angular design really gets us.

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