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Trees that swallowed abandoned WWII equipment

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the […]

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Erm, what’s more sensitive to a bee sting: a penis or a nostril?

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Eco, New Trends on Thursday 17 April 2014

People do the craziest things in the name of science, love or their country. Back in the 1980s, Justin Schmidt, decided to take it up a notch and measure pain. He must have woken up one morning and decided that it was up to him to endure 25 bee stings to understand which part of a human body is the most sensitive to pain.

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The oldest scrap of Earth crust is a glimmering crystal (from an Aussie sheep station)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 17 April 2014

This incredible crystal has been confirmed as the oldest fragment of Earth’s crust. Aged at 4.4 billion years, this zircon was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Scientists studied its uranium and lead atoms, and a decaying process over time allows scientists to arrive at the 4.4 billion number. But […]

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Shades salvaged from skateboards

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 14 April 2014

Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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An airplane inspired by a train? Clip-Air may well be the future of travel

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Eco on Thursday 10 April 2014

When you think of how an airplane might look in 30 years, do you think of an alien-looking sleek metal spacecraft? Not necessarily. Clip-Air – an ingenious project of Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – is working to make traveling easy, less frustrating and much more environmentally friendly. And in the process, it will revolutionize the way we think of air transport.

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Pandas apparently can get cuter when 1,600 of them congregate together

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 8 April 2014

While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.

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Welcome to the future: Glowing trees by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.

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Cats making themselves at home in inconceivable places

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

Some things in the world simply defy explanation. We just have to accept that cats will always be cats and do cat things in their cat ways. Such as setting up cat camp in every space they take a fancy to and forcing said space to submit to the Rule of Cat instantly.

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These newly-born Caribbean pygmy octopi are as small as a pencil eraser

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 2 April 2014

These Caribbean pygmy octopi larvae (adorably known as babies) just recently hatched at the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. As you can see in the photos, these little cuties are dwarfed by a pencil eraser and a penny. When fully matured, they grow to just the size of a silver dollar. According […]

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Advanced solarstove uses the Greenhouse effect to cook almost anything

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Design, New Eco on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Imagine cooking a delicious meal in only 20 minutes without any fuel, on a cold but sunny winter’s day while sitting on your balcony? It’s now possible, safe and practical with the GoSun Stove that uses sunlight to bake, boil and fry your favorite dishes. GoSun is designed for simplicity, durability, and mobility and offers […]

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There’s such a thing as a beekeeping dog, and it is adorable!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 31 March 2014

In Australia, adorkable beekeeping Labrador, ‘Bazz’, helps out beekeeper Josh Kennett in detecting ‘American foulbrood’, a serious disease that spreads among bee colonies. Usually, the Paenibacillus larvae caused by the infection can only be detected under the lens of a microscope. But it turns out that Bazz’s powerful nose is a better alternative. Kennett built […]

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Dogs being trained to find endangered plants and animals

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but as it turns out they can also be the best friends of endangered species. Crowdfunding project, ‘Dogs for Conservation’, has raised just enough money to fund their plan of using our ever so reliable furry buddies to help scientists and conservationists track down endangered plants and animals. […]

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This 3200 year old tree is so big it’s never been captured in a single image: until now!

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Eco on Saturday 22 March 2014

‘The President’ doesn’t have a nickname for just any old reason. This giant sequoia, one of the largest trees in the world, stands 75.3m tall, 8.2m wide, measures 1,274.3 cubic metres in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old. And it’s never been completely photographed – until a tree-climbing scientist got involved. Behold, 32 days of work to take 126 individual photos, stitched together to create one amazing image. [This post first appeared on our sister site, Techly]

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Startling photos of an Otter attacking a crocodile

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 10 March 2014

It’s official: alligators and crocodiles are getting soft. Last week, we saw photos of a snake devouring a crocodile in the swamps of Queensland, Australia. Now, photos show a river otter in Florida engaging a young alligator in an epic battle for lunch, with the mammal eventually emerging as the victor. It looks like the […]

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