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

Milo Sumner Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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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All aboard! This eco-cafe is a repurposed train carriage

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Monday 3 November 2014

On Valentines Day 2008 a South East Trains car made its way from Essex to Deptford in London. Once it arrived, that’s where the 35-tonne carriage remained up to the present day. Serving fairtrade coffee, homemade cakes decorated with a unique vintage feel, the Deptford Café has become a gem of eco-design in East London.

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Caught on tape: seal having sex with a penguin

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 1 November 2014

You read that right. On a remote island somewhere in the Indian Ocean, researchers have witnessed seals chasing down, capturing, and mounting penguins (either male or female) in four different incidents since 2006. In one occurrence, the seal even ate the penguin after the sexual act. And yes, there was penetration, so this isn’t just […]

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Did you know the harvesting of marble would be this beautiful?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 30 October 2014

I’ve always loved marble for its elegant nonchalance but boy, was I even more awe-struck when I chanced upon this short film directed by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani. I watched, utterly transfixed, at how marble is actually harvested at a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, in such heart-stopping colossal slabs […]

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This cat-like mammal is riding buffalos and rhinos in the wild

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 29 October 2014

When conservation group Wildlife Act inspected some recent footage from their wildlife-monitoring camera traps in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, they found something quite surprising.

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In a town in Norway, people are being paid to ride a bike to work rather than drive

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Thursday 23 October 2014

In many countries it’s commonplace to charge motorists a toll to use certain roads, but what about paying money to cyclists as an incentive to go car-free? That’s exactly what happened recently in Lillestrøm, Norway a few weeks ago. Pedestrians and bike-users were pulled over and handed 100 Kroner (approximately $15) while drivers were ignored.

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This tarantula is as big as a puppy and its legs are a foot long!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 21 October 2014

Harvard University entomologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki was taking a leisurely nighttime stroll in the jungles of Guyana when he stumbled upon what seem to be a puppy-sized mammal. Curious, he investigated, only to realize that the furry creature was actually the stuff of nightmares: the South American Goliath Birdeater tarantula, reputedly the world’s largest species of arachnid.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: a pollution-reversing bicycle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 16 October 2014

Bikes help the environment by not emitting air pollution, but the Air-Purifier Bike goes one step further. This electric bicycle has been designed with an air purifier built into the handlebars. Not only that, but this bike also has the ability to produce oxygen ‘with a photosynthesis system that’s integrated into the top tube of the frame’.

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What does an angry hippo attack look like? 30 seconds of scary!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Sure, baby hippos are adorable-those big eyes, those small ears, you just want to reach out and cuddle one. But the mother hippo is going to prevent you from seeing all that cuteness, as a bunch of tourists found out while on safari in Botswana.

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